THREE people have been rescued from a flooded house, and about 180 homes and some businesses are swamped in the southern Queensland town of Roma.
Floodwaters are expected to hit another 100 homes.
Two adults and a child were rescued by a SES flood boat from a Charles Street home just before 1pm (AEST) today, the Department of Community Safety told AAP.
Bungil Creek, which ran through the town, had been expected to peak at 7.5 metres, but was likely to reach a record-equalling peak of 8.1 metres between 5pm and 7pm today, the Bureau of Meteorology said.
At 4.30pm, the creek was 7.6 metres and rising.
SES crews have evacuated 60 homes, with 32 people fleeing to an evacuation centre set up at Roma’s RSL Hall on Northern Road.
More than 380 homes are without power.
The Bungil Creek peaked at 8.1m in March last year, flooding 200 homes and 400 properties.
It also reached 7.1m earlier this year.
Maranoa Council says this time around, 280 homes could be flooded above the floorboards and a further 100 or so could have water on their properties.
A volunteer at the evacuation centre, Jill Owen, said it was distressing for many.
“It’s not good. Everybody is terribly upset. There’s people who still haven’t recovered from last year’s flood,” she told AAP.
“We were in it last year. I’m a bit stronger I suppose, maybe, but I’ve already had my cries so now I’m here to help.”
Dale Latermore said his home – a historical cottage – would be flooded.
“I really think this is going to be the worst flood we’ve had in Roma. There’s still a lot more water to come downstream,” he said.
The house across the street from him is flooded and three others on his street are also close to going under.
He woke up about 3.45am to start moving his belongings, but he expected the water to damage his home, which he finished renovating only six months ago after last year’s record peak flood.
“There’s no use being bitter and there’s no use praying. You’ve got to go with the flow and if the flow gets too high, you ride with the tide,” he said.
In the 24 hours to 9am, Roma received 88mm and, just north of the town, 114mm fell at Tabers and 110mm at Mooga Hills.
Acting Premier Paul Lucas and Liberal National Party leader Campbell Newman were both due to visit Roma this afternoon.
Copyright 2011 News Limited. All times AEST (GMT +10).