The Gold Coast experienced a “very heavy” overnight shower with more than 300mm of rain falling on Springbrook, which is currently cut off by floodwaters and landslides.
Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) forecaster Kimba Wong said overnight precipitation was “extraordinary”, but the threat of flooding was not over as water levels are expected to continue to rise in the coming days.
“We saw very heavy rains around the Gold Coast hinterland and border ranges, especially during the night,” Wong said.
“Obviously the precipitation has eased now, but the flood effects will continue for the next few days.”
Flood warnings are issued for the Bremer river and Warrill Creek, while the districts of Amberley and Ipswich are also on alert.
Rescue efforts after flooding hit southeast Queensland
As the Gold Coast flooded overnight, some drivers ignored the emergency services’ repeated warnings not to drive through the floodwaters.
A person was trapped in his car after being caught in a flood.
The flood was so heavy that it left even the surface of a bridge almost shattered.
At Jacobs Well, three teenagers had to be rescued when a wave hit their can and overturned it. One injured in the head was taken to the hospital.
Hundreds of customers lost their electricity due to the sudden downpour that swept the state.
“It’s shocking that it came so fast, there was literally no water in the creek yesterday. And then overnight the road was closed, causing so much damage to the surrounding cafes and area,” the Coomera resident said. aforementioned.
Meanwhile, campers in Helensvale only had a few minutes to evacuate before flood levels rose overnight.
In the middle of the night the waters began to rise, family vacations skyrocketing.
As of this morning, the site was completely submerged.
A witness told Today There was absolutely no warning.
“We had no idea,” he said.
“I was already awake and my sister yelled at me to get up. I got up and thought ‘it’s probably not that bad’ and within 20 minutes yes, the water was running through our tent.
“In a few minutes we were down to our knees. It was chaos…just panic, dozens of them trying to escape at once.”
NSW remains vigilant despite revocation of serious warning
Over 100mm of precipitation was recorded overnight in various parts of NSW, while the border town of Numinbah recorded a 291mm mammoth.
NSW SES said they had carried out 14 flood rescue operations in the last 24 hours, by 6 am today.
There were 193 requests for assistance across the state.
As the precipitation started to ease today, authorities warned that the risk of flooding will continue in the coming days.
“The system that brought in heavy thunderstorms last night is now hanging over the Gold Coast. We can still do a little more precipitation activity in the morning,” said Dean Narramore, Senior Bureau forecaster.
“We expect widespread showers today and again tomorrow, along the NSW coast and south east Queensland, before finally clearing up on Sunday.
“Unfortunately, another weather event is moving to eastern Australia in the middle of next week.”
Many flood warnings are now in effect for swollen basins across the state.
And the already devastated city of Lismore is on its toes after the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) issued a moderate flood warning for the Tweed River.
If the barrier broke, the city would face the third flood of the year.
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