Emergency Alert issued with parts of Gold Coast on flood watch

LATEST @ 2.50PM: An emergency alert has been issued for parts of the Gold Coast with the risk of flooding increasing.

A Watch and Act is now in place for low lying areas of the Currumbin, Mudgeeraba and Tallebudgera catchments.

Officials warn these areas will be impacted by floodwaters in the coming hours.


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Residents are urged to monitor the situation and consider moving to higher ground.

Between 60 and 160 mm of rain has been recorded on the Gold Coast since 9am with the majority of that falling in the last three hours.

Major flooding is already occurring in Tallebudgera Creek while water levels are also rising in Currumbin Creek.

Minor flood warnings have now also been issued for the Coomera and Nerang Rivers.

According to BOM, minor flooding is already occurring along the Coomera and Pimpama Rivers.

The Nerang River is currently below minor flood levels but is rising.

The river at Clearview is currently at 3.34 metres while at Evandale it is currently at 0.43 metres.

There is also moderate flooding happening in Mudgeeraba Creek where water levels had reached 3.52 metres.

Dozens of roads across the Gold Coast are also being impacted by flooding including:

  • M1 at Burleigh Heads at Exit 87
  • M1 at Mudgeeraba near Exit 80
  • M1 at Ormeau at the Exit 45 on ramp
  • Siganto Drive, Helensvale
  • Berrigans Road, Mudgeeraba
  • Scottsdale Drive, Robina
  • Birds Road, Guanaba
  • Highfield Drive, Robina
  • Hardys Road, Mudgeeraba
  • Gunsynd Drive, Mudgeeraba
  • Currumbin CReek Rd between Kianga Ct and end of Currumbin Creek Rd.
  • Tallebudgera Creek Rd at Tallebudgera Valley
  • Maudsland Rd at Maudsland
  • Worongary Rd at Tallai
  • Highfield Drive at Robina between Highfield Park and Robina Town Centre Drive
  • Somerset Drive at Mudgeeraba
  • Tallebudgera Connection Rd between Valley Dr and Gray St

The Bureau of Meteorology said “very dangerous” thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Beenleigh and Jacobs Well just before 1.00pm on Sunday.

“These thunderstorms are moving towards the north and are forecast to affect the mouth of the Logan River, Russell Island and Mount Cotton by 1:20 pm and Logan City, Slacks Creek and Tingalpa Reservoir by 1:50 pm.

Other severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Mount Tamborine, Coomera and Numinbah Valley.

They are forecast to affect Springbrook, Canungra and Hope Island by 1:20 pm and Tamborine and the area south of Canungra by 1:50 pm.

“Intense rainfall that may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding is likely,” BOM warned.

Bonogin recorded 136mm in just two hours to 12:40pm on Sunday.

Hotham Creek also copped 102mm in 1 hour to 12:55pm, while Mount Nathan recorded 105mm in 1 hour earlier today.

Council has opened three sandbagging stations across the coast for residents who fear their properties may be impacted by flooding.

The sandbagging stations are located at:

  • 232 Old Pacific Highway, Pimpama (next to City of Gold Coast Coomera Depot)
  • 46 Boyd St, Bilinga (use the service road, next to the City of Gold Coast Tugun Depot)
  • 61 Hutchinson St, Burleigh Heads, (Reedy Creek Waste and Recycling Centre)

Motorists are also being urged to stay off the roads, with emergency crews already being called to a number of swift water rescues across the city in the past hour.

“There is significant rainfall and localised flooding in Gold Coast suburbs including Mudgeeraba, Robina, Bonogin, Currumbin, Nerang, Reedy Creek, Tallai and more,” Qieensland Police said.

“PLEASE, if you don’t need to be on the roads, stay at home.”

LIST OF LOCAL FLOODED ROADS:

    • Exit 87 off-ramp, Burleigh Heads
    • Siganto Drive, Helensvale
    • Somerset Drive, Mudgeeraba
    • Tallebudgera Connection Road, Tallebudgera
    • Berrigans Road, Mudgeeraba
    • Scottsdale Drive, Robina
    • Birds Road, Guanaba
    • Highfield Drive, Robina
    • Hardys Road, Mudgeeraba
    • Gunsynd Drive, Mudgeeraba

Several Gold Coast beaches have also been closed today due to dangerous surf conditions.

Those include Burleigh Heads, Coolangatta, Currumbin, Miami Beach, North Burleigh, Palm Beach, Rainbow Bay, Tugun, Main Beach Point Lookout and Currimundi.

All Waste and Recycling Centres have also closed their doors, with City of Gold Coast to reassess the reopening in the morning.

For life threatening emergencies phone Triple Zero000

Phone 132 500 for SES Storm and Flood Emergency assistance. Queensland Health 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84). Queensland Traffic and Travel information 13 19 40.