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Coast evacuation centres open

9.00PM UPDATE:  EVACUATION centres have been set up across the Sunshine Coast

Nambour Civic Centre, at Centenerary Square, Currie Street, has been established for anyone stranded or concerned about travelling.

Red Cross staff will operate the centre and offer beds, foods and entertainment. Pets are also welcome.

Meanwhile, Queensland Surf Life Savnig Clubs at Maroochydore, Kawana, Mooloolaba and Marcoola are also available as evacuation centres with most operating all night.

  • Maroochydore SLSC at 34 Alexandra Parade - enter via main entrance Ph: 54431298
  • Kawana SLSC at 99 Pacific Boulevard - enter via front entrance. Ph: 54448642
  • Marcoola SLSC on Marcoola Esplanade - enter via side door entrance. Ph: 54488605
  • Mooloolaba SLSC on Mooloolaba Esplanade - report to Foyer. Ph: 54441300
  • Nambour Civic Centre - 5475 7774

6.55PM UPDATE: A childcare centre has been evacuated by swift water rescue crews as weather forecasters predict another 200mm of rain.

The State Emergency Service (SES) has received approximately 473 requests for assistance for the Sunshine Coast area from 12pm today.

With the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) responding to multiple reports of residents stranded on car roofs in floodwaters, QFRS is reminding residents if it's flooded, forget it.

"Under no circumstances should people drive, walk, swim or ride through floodwaters. By entering floodwaters, people are not only putting their lives at risk but the lives of their rescuers.''

Latest Sunshine Coast road closures

If residents require storm or flood assistance they should contact the SES on 132 500. In a life-threatening emergency, which includes vehicles trapped in floodwater, always dial triple zero (000).

A childcare centre at Mooloolaba has been evacuated by swift water rescue crews during this afternoon's deluge.

There have been reports of a vehicle stuck in floodwaters with a woman inside near Town of Seaside.

Meanwhile, cars in dozens of flooded streets have been marooned as more than 100mm of rain was dumped around the Maroochydore area in less than an hour.

More than 200mm has been recorded on much of the Sunshine Coast since 9am.

Energex was reporting more than 1000 customers without power during the peak of the storms.

Traffic has been brought to a standstill on parts of the Coast.

Elsewhere, strangers have helped push flooded cars out of streets covered in torrents of water.

Have you been flooded or have pictures? Email editorial@scnews.com.au.

4.30PM UPDATE: Police and motorists have reported flash flooding of dozens roads on the Sunshine Coast after a deluge of rain in the past couple of hours.

Primary School Court in Maroochydore, Dalton Drive, and Maud Street and Sugar Road have all been flooded to varying degrees after heavy rain since about 2pm.

About 100 cars were stranded at Glenfields in the traffic while a house was reported to be flooded in Wrigley Street, Maroochydore.

There were also reports of:

Flooding and sandbagging at Kawana Shoppingworld.

A  two vehicle accident in Mooloolaba where a campervan and a car collided.

Fallen power line on Maroochydore Road in Buderim.

At 4:40pm, the Bureau of Meteorology reported the heaviest rain was located on radar around the Sunshine Coast
and extending southwards towards Caloundra.

Bundilla (south of Maroochydore] and Maroochydore Depot have recorded107mm and 99mm of rainfall respectively in the last hour.

"Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is expected about coastal and nearby adjacent inland areas of the Southeast Coast district this evening and overnight. 24 hour rainfall totals of 100 to 150mm are likely with isolated
heavier falls greater than 200mm possible,'' the bureau said.

Locations that may be affected include the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Island, Stradbroke Island and Brisbane.

Flood Warnings are current for various rivers and streams; refer to www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings.

The carpark and roads in and out of the Sunshine Coast Daily office in Maroochydore have been flooded with the lake behind the Daily full. (See video)

Facebook fans on the Sunshine Coast Daily's site have reported:

All of sixth ave in Mdore/ cotton tree.

 Warran road yaroomba is under

Wises road closed and flooded just near wow sight and sound

Sugar Road is flooded near the petrol station as well

David low way at Pacific Paradise is about a foot under water

Crosby hill (Buderim) is under

 Ulm street caloundra is like starting to go under

  Stevens rd is full rush Mooloolah

Anzac av mdore

Coolum beach lights thru to peregian round a bout water over road...caution..deep in places

Abilene place AGAIN Sippy Downs

Point Cartwright Drive (Buddina) is under in parts

 Sunshine plaza is looking pretty bad

Cotton Tree! Beach Parade, Sixth & Fifth Avenue, cars are stuck!!

Kawana Way

Highlands Road, Eudlo flooded

Warana looking pretty bad

Kawana area near spotlight need a 4x4

Police are pleading with motorists to slow down in the rain to avoid further accidents.

SES reported there had been about 60mm of rain in one hour at Coolum.

Earlier, forecasters predicted rainfall of up to 120mm and damaging winds of up to 90km/h are possible for the Sunshine Coast today.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for people in parts of Queensland's south-east.

At 10am AEST, a low was situated approximately 55kms east northeast of Rainbow Beach and moving in a south southeasterly direction at 29km/h.

The low is expected to move in a south southeasterly direction near the southeast Queensland coast today before moving in a southeasterly direction away from the Queensland coast during Friday morning.

Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding may develop about coastal and nearby adjacent inland areas of the Southeast Coast district today.

Six hour rainfall totals of 120mm are possible. Locations that may be affected include the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Island, Stradbroke Island and Brisbane.

Damaging winds, with peak gusts of around 90km/hr, may also develop about coastal areas of the Southeast Coast district today.

Locations that may be affected include the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Island and Stradbroke Island.

The next warning is due to be issued by 5pm today.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Emergency Management Queensland would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

Flood Warnings are current for various rivers and streams; refer to bom.gov.au/qld/warnings.

Several roads around the Coast also remain closed due to heavy rainfall. Click here for the morning update.

STAY SAFE

Emergency Management Queensland 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.

Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:

  • Move your car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure loose outdoor items.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
  • Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

RAINFALL

Rainfall to 9am on March 22

Bli Bli 24mm

Boreen Point 55mm

Coolum 24mm

Cooroy 50mm

Corbould Park Racecourse 53mm

Glasshouse Mountains 20mm

Golden Beach 35mm

Lake Cooroibah 63mm

Landsborough 62mm

Noosa Head 76mm

Noosaville 65mm

Palmwoods 24mm

Sippy Downs 29m

Tewantin 72mm

Topics:  burea of meteorology weather


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