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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.

Thunderstorms look set to elevate concerns over major flooding in central Queensland, the Western Downs and border towns which may not show signs of receding until at least the weekend.

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 11.8 metres 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 11.54 metres but easing.

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 12.25 metres on Tuesday and remains at 12 metres, 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.



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