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More weather woes as warnings go out

REGIONS recovering from recent widespread flooding are expected to wear another drenching over the coming days.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning on Sunday morning for coastal and hinterland areas between Gladstone and the Gold Coast.

Heavy rains of up to 200 mm, which could lead to flash flooding, are forecasted to pour down from Sunday night and into Monday.

Of that more than 100mm could fall within a six hour period.

Wivenhoe Dam releases will increase from 150 cubic metres per second to 280 cubic metres per second on Sunday afternoon to bring the dam level down ahead of heavy rainfall.

The dam is currently at 90% and Seqwater aims to bring the temporary full supply level down to 88%.

Heavy rains and flood waters in Northern NSW already claimed two lives on the weekend.

Police discovered the body of a 73-year-old man in a submerged car in flood waters north of Grafton on Saturday.

The Clarence River at Grafton experienced major flooding over the weekend and the Pacific Highway is still cut off at Maclean.

Further south a 17-year-old boy drowned after being sucked into a flooded drain at Kew, on the Mid North Coast.

The teen was looking for golf balls with his friends in waist deep water on Friday night when he was sucked into the drain.

In the Northern Rivers, five Japanese tourists had to be rescued after the Richmond River at Bungalwalbyn peaked at near 5 metres and caused major flooding.

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