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Heavy rain to continue to fall across SEQ this afternoon

Police have closed Smiths Rd Goodna between Albert Street and Stuart Street.
Police have closed Smiths Rd Goodna between Albert Street and Stuart Street. Paul Tully

UPDATE 1.30PM: Thunderstorms and areas of heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, are expected to continue in the warning area this afternoon.

Currently, the heaviest rain is occurring about the Sunshine Coast and hinterland, with recent hourly falls peaking around 60mm west of Maroochydore.

Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Brisbane, Maroochydore, Gympie, Bundaberg, Coolangatta, Ipswich, Moreton Bay and islands, Noosa, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island and Hervey Bay waters.

State Emergency Service volunteers have received 233 requests for assistance since 6.30am today.

These requests are concentrated in south-east Queensland, with 116 requests received in Brisbane region and 107 requests in South Eastern region.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services swift water rescue technicians have responded to a number of incidents where motorists have driven across flooded roadways in Brisbane and the Gold Coast today.

Firefighters rescued a motorist stranded in two-metre-deep floodwaters at Bukulla Street, Wacol around 12pm and are currently rescuing a person who is stranded on the roof of a car stuck in flood waters at Bonogin Creek Road, Bonogin.

Specialist swift water rescue technicians and additional appliances are on stand-by at locations across the State. Queenslanders are reminded: if it's flooded, forget it. 

Residents should call the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500 for emergency storm response.

 

UPDATE 11.30AM: Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, is expected to continue for the next few hours.

Currently, the heaviest rain has eased around the Brisbane and Ipswich area and the more significant falls are occurring further south, including the Gold Coast and adjacent inland, with recent hourly falls peaking around 40mm.

The heavy rain may combine with today's high tide around midday to cause some inundation of vulnerable coastal areas.

 

UPDATE 9.30am: RESIDENTS are being warned of flash flooding that has closed some streets in Goodna.

Ipswich City councillor Paul Tully said drivers should take extreme care around the area.

"Some fools are still trying to drive through flooded roads," he said.

 

EARLIER: THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for heavy rainfall for people in parts of the Southeast Coast.

Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, is expected to continue today. Currently, the heaviest rain is located on radar over the greater Brisbane area.

Locations which may be affected include Ipswich, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Coolangatta, Moreton Bay and islands and Caloundra.

Falls up to 80mm have occured during the last 2 hours over parts of the greater Brisbane area.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

Topics:  bureau of meteorology editors picks heavy rainfall severe weather warning


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