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Queensland vineyards under water

Katherine Lindh

Southern Queensland has experienced the wettest 24 hours in 20 years, receiving more than 300mm of rain yesterday. Thousands of homes and businesses have been inundated and some vineyards in the Granite Belt, South Burnett, Darling Downs and Sunshine Coast Hinterland are under water.

While Cam Dearsley, president of the Queensland Wine Industry Association said it is too early to tell which vineyards have been damaged by the wet weather, and to what degree, some of the vineyards around the Southern regions are currently under water.

Roads around these areas have also been cut, creeks and rivers flooded, and hundreds of homes are without power due to the strong winds and torrential rain received.

The Australian reported today that flood-hit south-east Queensland has now been declared a natural disaster zone.

The Bureau of Meterology (BOM) says the weather system dumping heavy rain over much of south-east Queensland could intensify. A severe weather warning for the south-east extends to the Wide Bay and Darling Downs.

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