UPDATE @ 10.00am | Flood warnings for the Nerang and Coomera Rivers have been cancelled as the Gold Coast welcomes the first rays of sunlight in days.
The Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed river levels are generally easing across the Gold Coast river and creek catchments after the deluge moved away from the coastline and out to sea.
Levels in the Coomera River at Clagiraba Road is below the moderate flood level and falling.
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Flooding is now longer expected in the Nerang River. At Clearview, the level is at 3.54 metres (below minor) and steady. At Evandale is currently at 0.58 metres (below minor) and falling.
Creek levels at Mudgeeraba, Tallebudgera and Currumbin are all easing.
Warnings for the Tweed River have also been cancelled with levels at Tumbulgum falling below the minor flood level (1.4 m) on Wednesday early morning.
A major flood warning continues for the Logan and Albert River catchments at Beaudesert.
Further downstream river rises are expected to continue during Wednesday.
No further flooding is expected in the Tweed River.
The Tweed River at Tumbulgum peaked at 1.50 metres around 09:00 pm Tuesday 23 March with minor flooding and is currently at 1.14 metres and falling
EARLIER @ 6.00 am | The rain may have eased this morning, but we’re still being reminded that the threat is far from over.
Flood warnings remain in place for all Gold Coast rivers and creeks, with the Nerang and Coomera rivers still the main concern.
A minor flood warning is also in place for the Tweed River.
All Gold Coast beaches remain closed while sandbagging stations remain open from 7.00 am this morning.
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)
More than 10,000 sandbags were collected from the three stations since Sunday.
Some schools are listed as being closed today on the Queensland Government’s website.
They include Cedar Creek, Woongoolba and Tallebudgera State School’s, Rivermount College in Yatala, Helensvale Learning Centre and the Australian Industry Trade College in Robina.
While a number of roads are still out of action today, but Council is working on clearing them as soon as possible.
For up to date information on the roads, keep an eye on the Council’s disaster dashboard here.
Late yesterday, emergency alerts were issued for northern Gold Coast residents as the heavy rainfall continued to pose a serious flooding risk. All severe weather warnings have since been cancelled.
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Those around Pimpama, Ormeau and Jacobs Well received text messages, urging them to get to higher ground if they came under threat.
An emergency alert was also issued for Beaudesert with the Logan River reaching the major flood level.
Just before 7.00 pm residents there were told to secure their belongings, warn their neighbours and move to higher ground.
The Bureau’s latest advice was issued yesterday afternoon for Gold Coast rivers, predicting that water levels would continue to rise.
Pimpama and Coomera Rivers:
River levels continue to rise in the Coomera River at Clagiraba Road which is just below the major flood level and falling slowly. River level rises are continuing in Pimpama River. Rivers will continue to respond quickly to any further heavy rainfall.
River level rises are occurring at a few locations in the Nerang River.
The Nerang River at Clearview is currently at 3.54 metres and steady. At this stage the river level at Clearview is likely to remain below the minor flood level (6.00 m) during Tuesday.
The Nerang River at Evandale is currently at 0.43 metres and rising. At this stage the river level at Evandale is likely to remain below the minor flood level (1.80 m) during Tuesday.
Creek levels continue to respond to heavy rainfall, with minor flooding being recorded in Mudgeeraba Creek at Mudgeeraba.
Tallebudgera and Currumbin Creeks:
Creek levels continue to respond to heavy rainfall recorded during the last 48 hours, with minor flooding being recorded.
For the Tweed river, the latest advice was issued just before 4.00pm.
Minor flooding is likely to continue along the Tweed River.
The Tweed River at Tumbulgum is likely to reach around 1.50 metres Tuesday evening with minor flooding. Further rises are possible with forecast rainfall.
Flood Safety Advice:
In life threatening emergencies, call 000 (triple zero) immediately. If you require rescue, assistance to evacuate or other emergency help, ring NSW SES on 132 500.
- *Avoid drowning. Stay out of rising water, seek refuge in the highest available place.
- *Prevent damage to your vehicle. Move it under cover, away from areas likely to flood.
- *Avoid being swept away. Stay out of fast-flowing creeks and storm drains.
- *Never drive, ride or walk through flood water. Flood water can be deceptive and dangerous.
The downpour overnight kept SES crews busy once again.
It’s understood there were more than 570 calls for help across the whole of the southeast, around 360 of them were on the Gold Coast.
While clean up efforts will begin in some areas today.
Landslips caused some dramas in Kirra and Wongawallan, and hundreds of insurance claims have already been lodged around the coast.
Analysts have already predicted that the cleanup bill from flooding across both Queensland and New South Wales combined could be more than $2 billion, which is higher than the payout for last year’s bushfires.