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Residents in Inglewood Darling Downs ordered to evacuate as floodwaters rapidly rise

Residents in the southern Darling Downs town of Inglewood have been ordered to evacuate their homes in the middle of the night as floodwaters rapidly rise. 

Goondiwindi Regional Council issued the alert at 10.30pm on Tuesday after a rapid rise in the Macintyre Brook as heavy rainfall battered Australia's east coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) revised a major flood threat that would likely impact the whole town, which is home to about 1,000 residents.

Residents in the southern Darling Downs town of Inglewood have been ordered to evacuate their homes as floodwaters rapidly rise (pictured)

Evacuees were relocated to a local assembly point at the Inglewood Cemetery on Tobacco Rd, with residents advised not to attempt to leave town. 

As of this morning the Macintyre Brook hit 11.15metres smashing its 1988 water level record of 10.5m.

Goondiwindi Regional Council Mayor Lawrence Springborg told ABC News residents were evacuated ahead of heavy rainfall set to smash the region in the next 24 hours. 

'A fair amount of water is flowing into the nearby Coolmunda Dam, which was already overflowing,' Mr Springborg said. 

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) revised a major flood threat that would likely impact the whole town (pictured, rescue crew retrieve a man stuck in floodwaters at Goondiwindi)

'We're expecting at least the volume of that dam to pass through it in the next 24 hours.' 

'We need to doorknock now because it's very difficult to respond to at night, and we need to take that precaution now.' 

The Bureau of Meteorology warned on Tuesday evening a 'tropical airmass with abundant moisture' was in place and severe thunderstorms were likely to produce heavy rain that could cause flash floodings, damaging winds and large hailstones.

In the hours prior to the warning a 100km/h wind gust was detected north of the Queensland border.

The storms were expected to impact as far south as Griffith in the Riverina region.

The Macintyre River catchment recorded rainfall totals up to 80mm in some areas since 9am on Tuesday. The SES expects the rivers to have peaked overnight and begin receding on Wednesday.

Major flooding continues downstream at Wee Waa, where water levels are expected to remain near the current level with major flooding.

Depending on how much rain falls in the next couple of days, flooding is expected to continue as water moves down the river systems.

'We're really hoping to get some respite from some of the rainfall but every day we seem to be getting more and more rain across those flood-affected areas,' BOM national flood operations manager Justin Robinson said on Tuesday.