There has been a downgrade in the amount of rain forecast to fall over western and south-east Queensland this weekend, easing fears of a repeat of record falls recorded in the past 24 hours.
Weather bureau spokeswoman Andrea Peace says the monsoon low has weakened slightly over Winton and Longreach in the state's centre and there is unlikely to be a repeat of the 200 millimetre falls recorded at Cloncurry in the state's west.
"It's still not out of the question, particularly if we get a little clearance and we get some thunderstorms develop, but at this point it's looking like it'll be a little less than earlier forecast," she said.
Ms Peace says parts of central Queensland could see another 100mm of rain.
A total of 26 millimetres has been recorded in Winton and Longreach since about 9:00am on Friday.
Longreach Mayor John Palmer says the Thomson River is rising in town and residents are eagerly anticipating big falls.
"You never ever say no to the rain, believe it or not," he said.
"It's nice to have it here and if you don't get it this time of the year you have got to wait another 12 months to get significant rain. So we certainly enjoy it and let it come on - just manage it as it comes through to us."
Threat eases in Roma The Maranoa Shire Council issued an emergency alert at Roma on Friday night, but the threat eased on Saturday morning.
Maranoa Regional Council Mayor Robert Loughnan says conditions improved in Roma, with Bungil Creek at about 5.8 metres about 7:00am on Friday.
Meanwhile, a family with four children were amongst a group of motorists who were rescued from rising floodwaters in north-west Queensland.
Police say a semi-trailer driver rescued the family of six and took them to the McKinlay Roadhouse after they spent the night trapped between two rising creeks.
Just to the north, another motorist was rescued by a truck driver after he became trapped. He has been taken to Cloncurry.
Police says two others spent the night trying to find Bourke and Wills Roadhouse after their vehicle was washed off the road north of Julia Creek.
The wet weather is also keeping SES volunteers busy in the south-east, with more than 560 calls for help for leaky roofs and minor inundation.
Floodwaters isolated some residents in the Gold Coast hinterland on Friday, with some roads more than 1.5 metres under water.
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