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More severe storms tipped as police recover body of woman, 75, swept away in her car

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A woman has died after her car became submerged in floodwaters in West Brisbane as a severe storm cell lashed Queensland’s southeast.

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Emergency services received a report of a sedan being swept off a street and into a nearby creek in Pullenvale as a result of moving floodwaters about 4.40pm on Wednesday.

The body of a 75-year-old Taringa woman, the sole occupant of the car, was recovered.

The state “should expect” more flooding with persistent rain leaving many parts of Queensland water logged, Deputy Premer Steven Miles said on Thursday.

“Every Queensland life lost is tragic, and tragic for the family involved,” he said.

“It won’t take a lot of rain to see flooding and we just say over and over again, if it’s flooded, forget it, It’s not worth it.”

The woman’s death comes as an emergency warning is issued for the southern border town of Hebel, north of Lightning Ridge, where the Narran River is not expected to peak until Wednesday, December 22 at a height of 2.2 metres.

“The Dirranbandi Road may become cut today and residents are advised to make preparations and continue to check road conditions that may be subject to change,” the emergency services warning issued on Thursday said.

Thunderstorms look set to elevate concerns over major flooding in central Queensland and the Western Downs as well as border towns.

The town of Beaudesert south of Brisbane recorded more than 70mm of rain in the hour to 2pm on Wednesday, inundating roads and houses.

Along central Queensland’s Dawson River, flood levels are expected to peak at Baralaba at 11.8m on Thursday after falls of up to 60mm in 24 hours in the area.

It is the town’s biggest flood in 10 years.

At nearby Theodore, floodwaters are at 11.54m but easing.

The Bureau of Meteorology says Dawson River levels are expected to “remain high this week and ease from the weekend” with more showers expected in coming days.

Along the Western Downs’ Condamine River, major flooding is continuing between Loudoun Bridge and Cotswold including Ranges Bridge, Chinchilla Weir and the Condamine township.

The river peaked at the Condamine township at 12.25m on Tuesday and remains at 12m, the biggest flood since 2013.

Downstream, major flood levels are rising along the Balonne River with predicted peaks at Warkon, Surat, St George and Dirranbandi this weekend.

“Showers and thunderstorms are likely for the next few days, which may cause renewed river level rises and areas of renewed flooding,” the bureau said of the Condamine and Balonne River areas.

The Macintyre River at Queensland’s border towns of Goondiwindi (6.73m) and Boggabilla (6.56m) is continuing to ease but major floodwaters are predicted downstream at Talwood off the Weir River on Thursday.

River levels at Talwood are currently above their 1998 flood peak of 4.36m.

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