PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has urged Queenslanders to stay updated and heed warnings about the floods spreading across the state.
"Thoughts of the nation are with people of Qld, who are battling a new round of natural disasters," the prime minister wrote on Twitter.
"Please listen to local warnings, keep updated on developments and take care."
Earlier, Treasurer Wayne Swan promised Queensland would get whatever defence force support it needed to deal with the disaster.
He said the activation of the Commonwealth Disaster Plan meant defence assets and personnel could be called on when needed.
Soldiers stood ready to be deployed and two Blackhawk helicopters were already en route from Townsville to the flood-hit city of Bundaberg to assist authorities, the treasurer said.