Chaos on Gold Coast roads as heavy rain hits

Rain event

RAIN EVENT: Napper Road, Arundel Parkway (Saturday) IMAGE: Tania Coulter

THE Gold Coast is being drenched by the heaviest rain seen in months, with widespread falls of up to 50mm expected to fall across the coast this weekend.

As forecast, the rain started to fall in the north around 7am on Saturday.


It quickly enveloped the coast and has already delivered more than 30mm to some parts.

Close to 40mm has already fallen over Coomera and Oxenford, with 10 to 30mm falling over central suburbs. Southern Gold Coasters have so far only recorded a few mill in the gauge.

Rain totals are expected to ramp up over the next few hours as the system moves south, with the heaviest falls expected tonight before the event clears on Sunday.

Isolated falls closer to 100mm are possible.

The wet weather has caused chaos on city roads, with multiple accidents reported on the Pacific Motorway.

Ute Crash

M1PRANG: Accident on the Coomera River Bridge around midday. IMAGE: Tim Michalyszyn

At around midday, a multivehicle accident brought the northbound lanes at Coomera to a standstill. Delays stretched for kilometres.

Meanwhile, around 4pm a prang at Nerang halted southbound traffic, with motorists reportedly queuing back to Helensvale.

Motorists are advised to switch on the headlights, drive to suit conditions, and allow for extra stopping distance.