Rain is expected to delay recovery work in flood-devastated
Bundaberg as wild weather returns to Queensland.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning
for the Queensland coast from Bowen in the north to the Gold
Coast in the south.
The Bundaberg District Disaster Management Group says the
rain will delay repairs to homes and a gas pipeline damaged
in the city's worst flood on record.
"It will slow some of the contractors down who are trying to
do electrical connections and will also unfortunately slow
down the gas reconnection that we're trying to undertake,"
Senior Sergeant Grant Marcus told ABC radio.
The Sunshine Coast disaster management group has been placed
on alert after some parts of the coast received more than
200mm in the past 48 hours.
The weather bureau is watching a low pressure system form off
the central Queensland coast and is predicting damaging wind
gusts, wild seas, heavy rain and possible flash flooding
around the Fraser coast from Monday.
The system will then move south but it is expected to be far
less devastating than ex-tropical cyclone Oswald which tore
through the state last month.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Lauren Murphy says Oswald
was an ex-cyclone that was associated with a strong monsoon
surge, and was travelling over land.
"The worst of this is going to be offshore so the impact
should not be as severe as Oswald," she told AAP.
The rain is expected to remain on the coast and not flood
river catchments around towns such as Bundaberg, Gladstone,
Rockhampton, Maryborough and Brisbane.
In the southeast, rain and wind are predicted to increase
overnight into Tuesday and conditions should ease from
Severe weather and floods caused by ex-cyclone Oswald claimed
six lives and left thousands homeless when it hit the state