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School children rescued as flash flood strands bus

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Water was rising in Learoyd Street around the bus but the students were pulled to safety within about an hour. (Photo: Durack Fire Station)

ABC: A bus load of school children has been rescued from flash flooding in Brisbane as drenching rain buffets south-east Queensland.


A swift water rescue crew has retrieved the 16 children after a bus became stranded in flash flooding at Acacia Ridge on the city's southside.

An emergency services spokeswoman says water was rising in Learoyd Street around the bus but the students were pulled to safety within about an hour.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Andrew Sturgess says they had a lucky escape.

"Certainly a potentially dangerous situation," he said.

"It was just fortunate that the water stopped rising at that time, otherwise they would have been trapped.

"It's a message that we want to get out there - if it's flooded, forget it."

Deluge continues

It has been a hectic time for emergency crews as heavy rain drenches south-east Queensland, with more to come.

Up to 90 millimetres of rain has fallen across parts of Caboolture and the Sunshine Coast in the last 24 hours and more than 60 millimetres across Logan and the Gold Coast.

Brisbane's CBD has been spared most of the heavy falls but the Bureau of Meteorology says a lot more rain is on the way.

Emergency crews have rescued a number of motorists from flooded roads in the state's south-east.

Dozens of traffic accidents have been reported in the past few hours across Brisbane and nearby Caboolture.

A number of roads have been closed due to flash flooding in Brisbane's south-west, with landslips reported north-east of the city at Mount Mee.

The Brisbane City Council has opened four centres across the city with sandbags for residents in low-lying areas.

Heavy showers moved across the coast early this morning, carving potholes and flooding some low-lying streets.

At least one school on the Gold Coast hinterland has been closed because of flooding.

A reprieve from the extreme weather is not expected until the end of the week.

The Darling Downs and the Granite Belt are now included on the Bureau of Meteorology's list of regions to prepare for extreme weather this afternoon.

Dam releases

Water is being released from Wivenhoe and North Pine dams in south-east Queensland as a precaution.

Wivenhoe is at 88 per cent capacity and North Pine is at 95 per cent.

Seqwater spokesman Mike Foster says releases could be stepped up in the next few hours.

"That will really depend on the volume of the falls over the next couple of days," he said.

"As always with rainfall, it depends on where the rain falls and the intensity of the falls.

"There's a huge difference between 200 millimetres falling over 48 hours and 200 millimetres falling over two hours."

Sunshine Coast

Meanwhile, the Sunshine Coast council has placed its local disaster management group on alert.

A flood warning has been issued for the Mary River between Moy Pocket and Gympie.

Lifeguard supervisor Reece Drury says extra care is needed in the surf.

"The majority of the beaches will be open today but again it's very unstable conditions and most beaches will just have a very small area open," he said.

"A lot of water moving around, a lot of rips around, so we just ask that everyone please, stay between those red and yellow flags.

"If you do have any questions, please go and speak to the lifeguards."

- ABC News