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Houses in St George have escaped inundation after the Balonne River peaked at 12.22m this morning, as the flooded region prepares for the aftermath.
Flood waters have reached Dirranbandi days earlier than expected, with the Castlereagh Highway expected to be closed this morning.
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The $5.7 million St George flood levee is ‘unlikely to get a workout’ when the Balonne River peaks in the town tomorrow.
Major flooding is occurring along parts of the Maranoa and Balonne Rivers, with a major flood peak of 12-12.5m possible in St George during Thursday.
The Andrew Nixon Bridge at St George will be closed to traffic later today as the Balonne River is expected to flow over the bridge deck.
The Balonne River was practically dry two months ago, now St George is preparing for it to peak at a level not seen since 2011.
The Balonne River is expected to peak in St George between 12.3-12.5m, meaning power will be cut to some properties.
Emergency declaration covers the Balonne River between E J Beardmore Dam to the Queensland/New South Wales border in relation to flooding.