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24 February, 2022

Stanley River holds, but flooding expected

The Stanley River at Woodford is holding steady, but is still expected to break its banks later today.

The Stanley River continues to rise, but has yet to cut the D'Aguilar Highway.

While local rainfall has eased, significant falls in the catchment area in the Sunshine Coast hinterland remains the big concern as it continues to flow into the Stanley River upstream of Woodford.

Residents of both Kilcoy and Woodford are urged to prepare for the possibility of the D'Aguilar Highway being cut for at least two days, until the river levels drop.

The highway could still face ongoing closures, depending on any damage to the road surface or bridges, however this is unlikely to be known until after the water level has returned to normal.

In the meantime, Moreton Bay Regional Council confirmed it has placed evacuation centres on standby in the area, to support residents cut off from their homes.

A spokesperson for the council said while residents should avoid panic buying, it was recommended to have food and water for two or three days available, as well as sufficient stock of medications.

For an updated list of road closures in Woodford and surrounding areas, click here.

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