DEJA VU: Gold Coast on flood watch ahead of 300mm deluge

The Gold Coast is on flood watch once again, with the city expected to cop a drenching over the next few days.

A severe weather warning has been issued for the coast, with close to 300mm of rain forecast to fall from today through to Wednesday.

There are fears it could lead to more flash flooding, as the rain bears down on areas already saturated from the recent floods crisis.


ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT


Up to 170mm of rain is expected to fall today alone, with another 100 millimetres expected to lash the city tomorrow.

Acting Mayor Donna Gates is urging residents to prepare now.

“The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding across the region,” Cr Gates said.

“From 8am today, we will activate our Local Disaster Coordination Centre”.

At the moment, all city services remain open, but Acting Mayor Gates said they would continue to assess conditions throughout the day.

The city’s three sandbagging stations have also reopened for residents who fear their homes and businesses may be at risk.

They are open from 9am to 6pm and are located at:

  • 232 Old Pacific Highway, Pimpama (next to City of Gold Coast Coomera Depot)
  • 42-44 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)