**This Emergency Alert has been cancelled.**

Earlier....

Emergency Alert for Sapphire as at 4.44am Wed 17 Mar

An Emergency Alert has been issued by Central Highlands Regional Council (CHRC) for residents in Sapphire.

Due to heavy rainfall, the Retreat Creek is rising rapidly and major flooding is expected. Properties in low-lying areas are likely to be impacted. Council advises residents to warn neighbours, secure belongings and move to higher ground now.

For more information, visit www.beprepared.chrc.qld.gov.au. For life-threatening situations, call Triple Zero (000). For flood assistance, contact the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500.