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The Wivenhoe Dam, the main supply of water for Brisbane, is above 100 per cent capacity following days of heavy rainfall and the Bureau of Meteorology has warned locals to expect the Brisbane River to flood downstream, west of Brisbane.Brisbane received 67.7mm of rainfall to 9am on Friday – in excess of the city’s May average (61.1mm) – leaving ferries and CityCat services suspended.Watch every game of Magic Round this weekend Live & Ad-Break Free In Play on Kayo. New to Kayo? Try 14-Days Free Now >The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for South East Queensland early on Friday morning but updated its warning just before midday so as to exclude Brisbane.Nevertheless, moderate to locally heavy falls could lead to flash flooding in Brisbane on Friday, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.A very high chance of rain is predicted for Saturday and Sunday as well.The wild weather could spell trouble for the NRL – this weekend, eight games will be played on the same ground, Suncorp Stadium, as part of Magic Round.Brisbane-based weather reporter Justin Noonan said the stadium’s playing surface could become damaged by the end of the weekend.“Ground staff have a massive challenge on their hands. It drains well but will be chopped up badly by Sunday night,” he wrote on social media.The ground staff at Suncorp Stadium typically prepares for Magic Round weeks in advance and the stadium is equipped with four large on-site water tanks to collect rainwater.Earlier this week, the NRL’s head of football Graham Annesley said he was confident the ground would hold up.“It’s a great venue up there with one of the best drainage systems in the game,” he said.Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk reassured Queenslanders that the Wivenhoe Dam had not yet approached the levels it reached in February when Brisbane reported 887mm of rainfall for the month.“Wivenhoe is at 110 per cent. In February it was 185 per cent, so there’s still plenty of flood storage available,” she said. “They have been having some controlled releases and they’re actually going to stop that over the next short period of time when we see those major river rises.”

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