SEVERE WEATHER: Latest updates as Gold Coast impacted by flooding

UPDATE @ 5.10 PM | Fresh emergency warning for northern Gold Coast 

Gold Coast Council has issued a renewed emergency alert for areas of the northern Gold Coast with fears the flood emergency could end up being worse than 2017.

Flood levels along the Albert and Logan Rivers are forecast to start rising from 6pm tonight and remain high until at least Tuesday afternoon.


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The main concern is Tuesday morning’s high tide when the rivers are predicted to peak.

They are forecast to reach around half a metre higher than the peak in 2017.

Residents in our northern suburbs including Ormeau, Alberton, Steiglitz and Jacobs Well are being urged to “prepare and act accordingly”.

The Ormeau Community Centre will be open for those who decide to self-evacuate.

UPDATE @ 3.30 PM | Severe storm warning issued for parts of Gold Coast 

Another severe storm warning has been issued for parts of the Gold Coast Hinterland.

“The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 3:20 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Numinbah Valley and Mount Tamborine. These thunderstorms are moving towards the south to southeast. They are forecast to affect Springbrook by 3:50 pm.

Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is likely.

IMAGE: BOM

PHOTO GALLERY: Flooding on the Gold Coast

UPDATE @ 1:00 PM | Massive rainfall totals recorded on Gold Coast 

Extraorindary amounts of rain have been recorded across parts of the Gold Coast following torrential rain across the region, smashing records.

A couple of areas has topped 500mm of rain since 9am on Sunday including Upper Springbrook which has recorded 549mm and Tomewin which recorded 508mm.

Rainfall totals in Upper Springbrook have now hit 1.2 metres since Wednesday.

Currumbin Creek had recorded 495mm since 9am yesterday.

Several other parts of the city have recorded in excess of 200 and 300mm.

PHOTO GALLERY: Flooding on the Gold Coast

Rainfall totals from 9am Sunday to 1pm Monday:

  • Upper Springbrook – 549
  • Lower Springbrook – 390
  • Springbrook – 369
  • Little Nerang Dam – 258
  • Tallai – 201
  • Numinbah – 214
  • Numinbah Valley – 197
  • Hinze Dam – 198
  • Clearview – 173
  • Carrara – 206
  • Bonogin – 337
  • Mudgeeraba – 289
  • Worongary Creek – 220
  • Evandale – 177
  • Biggera Creek Dam – 162
  • Loder Creek Dam – 181
  • Loder Creek – 159
  • Gold Coast Seaway – 107
  • Burleigh Waters – 236
  • Upper Tallebudgera 403
  • Tallebudgera Creek Dam – 384
  • Tallebudgera Creek Rd – 360
  • Colpicks Bridge – 416
  • Oyster Creek – 361
  • Tallebudgera Creek Mouth – 247
  • Tomewin – 508
  • Currumbin Creek – 495
  • Coolangatta – 332
  • Binna Burra – 190
  • Canungra – 243
  • Beechmont – 188
  • Clagiraba Rd – 221
  • Mt Tamborine – 259
  • Wongawallen – 261
  • Oxenford Weir – 162
  • Pacific Pines – 178
  • Monterey Keys – 150
  • Coomera Shores – 77
  • Coombababh – 143
  • Luscombe – 158
  • Hotham Creek – 225
  • Kerkin Rd – 111
  • Steiglitz Wharf – 122

*Rainfall since 9am Sunday. Source: BOM

UPDATE @ 11.35 AM | New Emergency Warning Issued for Northern Gold Coast

A fresh emergency warning has been issued for parts of the northern Gold Coast with growing concerns about the Albert and Logan Rivers.

The warning has also been extended to include parts of Ormeau.

The rivers are expected to peak at 2017 levels at high tide on Tuesday morning.

“Prepare and act accordingly. Do not enter flood waters. Continue to stay informed and monitor conditions,” City of Gold Coast stated.

PHOTO GALLERY: Flooding on the Gold Coast

UPDATE @ 11.00AM | Flight chaos as Gold Coast Airport Runway Inundated

The severe weather is impacting flights in and out of the Gold Coast.

A flight from Adelaide has been diverted to Brisbane after abandoning attempts to land at Coolangatta.

The runway at Coolangatta was under water this morning.

At least ten flights have been cancelled and another 15 have been heavily delayed with that number expected to grow.

Passengers are being urged to contact their airline and also allow plenty of time to get to the airport with numerous roads being impacted by floodwaters.

Flight Diversions GC Airport

Image: Flight Radar

 

UPDATE @ 10.40AM | Severe Storm Warning Issued for Gold Coast, Tweed

A fresh severe storm warning has been issued for parts of the southern Gold Coast and the Tweed.

“The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 10:30 am, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar. Thunderstorms are moving towards the south. They are forecast to affect Coolangatta and waters off Tweed Heads by 11:00 am.”

Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is likely.

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Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

UPDATE @ 9.30AM | The Bureau of Meteorology has updated its Flood Warning for Gold Coast Rivers and Creeks.

At 9.30am, BOM warned that flooding continues across the south east catchments but will generally ease across Monday.

Pimpama and Coomera Rivers:

River level rises and isolated minor flooding is occurring in the lower reaches of the Coomera and Pimpama rivers. River and creek levels have largely eased in the upper catchments following minor to moderate flooding overnight Sunday into Monday.

Nerang River:

River level rises and minor to moderate flooding are occurring along parts of the Nerang River during Monday morning.

Mudgeeraba Creek:

Creek level rises and areas of moderate flooding are occurring along parts of Mudgeeraba Creek, though levels should begin to ease later Monday.

Tallebudgera and Currumbin Creeks:

Major flood levels are easing along Tallebudgera Creek on Monday morning, whilst minor to moderate flooding is occurring along Currumbin Creek.

UPDATE @ 8.00 AM | Crews have been forced to carry out a number of rescues across the Gold Coast this morning with life-threatening flash-flooding occurring across the entire city.

A man became stuck in rising floodwaters at Currumbin and was forced to cling onto a tree in order to escape being swept away.

He managed to hold on until waters began to slowly subside before getting himself to safety.

Meantime, a woman was rescued after becoming trapped on the room of her home in Currumbin.

Thankfully both are safe.

It comes as an operation continues in Yatala this morning after a vehicle was caught in floodwaters.

Grave fears are being held for the occupants inside.

UPDATE @ 7.35 AM | Gold Coast Airport has confirmed delays will be inevitable today, as severe weather lashes both southeast Queensland and northern NSW.

“Delays are expected at GCA today due to the impact of the severe weather event” the airport tweeted.

“Please check with your airline about the status of your flight if you are booked on a service in or out of the Gold Coast today”.

UPDATE @ 7.00 AM | Evacuation assembly points have been set up on the Gold Coast this morning for residents needing to evacuate their homes.

They’re located at the Reedy Creek Waste & Recycling Centre and the Ormeau Community Centre.

However, City of Gold Coast has encouraged locals to “if possible, seek shelter with family and friends”.

All beaches have also been closed across the city today due to the dangerous conditions, with all Waste and Recycling Centres also shut.

Sandbagging stations have reopened at Pimpama, Bilinga and Burleigh Heads and will remain open until 6pm tonight.

Emergency warnings remain in place for the Tallebudgera and Currumbin Valleys, with fears of “life-threatening flash flooding”.

Northern Gold Coast suburbs along the Albert and Logan River are also the subject of emergency warnings, due to rising floodwaters.

More than 2,289 homes and businesses are currently without power on the Gold Coast, with the majority of properties blacked out in Coolangatta, Tallebudgera Valley and Yatala.

Around 70 roads across the city have been impacted by flash flooding and debris.

For the latest list of Gold Coast road closures, click here.

All trains on the Queensland Rail network have also been suspended.

UPDATE @ 5.30 AM | City of Gold Coast has issued an emergency warning for Tallebudgera Valley and Currumbin Valley.

It warns that life-threatening flash flooding is currently occurring in both areas.

“Shelter in place unless it is unsafe to do so,” the warning states.

“Access to area is cut and inaccessible in multiple places.

“Do not enter flood waters. For life threatening emergencies call 000.”

UPDATE @ 4.00am | An Emergency Alert has been issued by the City of Logan for people in Albert River Catchment.

Logan Local Disaster Management Group advises Albert River flooding now forecast to approach 2017 flood levels. Wolfdene to peak mid Monday just below 2017 level. Beenleigh to peak Monday evening around 1m below 2017 level.

UPDATE @ 4.00am | An Emergency Alert has been issued by the City of Logan for people in Logan River Catchment.

Logan Local Disaster Management Group advises Logan River flooding is now forecast to exceed 2017 flood levels. Maclean Bridge is expected to peak 1.5m above 2017 level.

Waterford is expected to peak 1.5m above 2017 level. 

UPDATE @ 3.30am, February 28 | A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Gold Coast as heavy rain continues to impact the region.

At 3.30am, the Bureau of Meteorology warned that very  thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Coolangatta and Tweed Heads.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the southwest.

It’s expected Tallebudgera and Miami will be impacted by 4:00 am and Springbrook, Little Nerang Dam and Mudgeeraba by 4:30 am.

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

128mm of rain has been observed in the 2 hours to 3:00am at Currumbin Creek.

107mm of rain has been observed in the 2 hours to 3:15am at Tomewin.

EARLIER @ 10.00 PM February 27 | An Emergency Alert has been issued by the City of Gold Coast to people in Tallebudgera and Currumbin.

“Intense rainfall in coming hours may cause flooding in low lying areas in the Tallebudgera and Currumbin catchment,” the warning states.

“People should continue to monitor conditions as they are changing.”

UPDATE @ 6.35 PM  | An emergency alert has now been issued for Canungra residents, with fears homes in the area may soon be impacted by rising flood waters.

Scenic Rim Regional Council has warned that Canungra Creek at Canungra is flooding.

“Residents in low-lying areas should prepare to leave and warn neighbours,” the warning advised.

“Go to family or friends, if possible, or seek higher ground. Be prepared and stay up-to-date with the latest information from the Bureau of Meteorology”.

UPDATE @ 6.10PM | An emergency alert has been issued for residents in parts of the Gold Coast Hinterland as river levels continue to rise.

Scenic Rim Regional Council has warned that the Albert River at Tamborine has reached major flood levels.

“Residents in low-lying areas should prepare to leave and warn neighbours,” the warning stated.

“Go to family or friends, if possible, or seek higher ground. Be prepared and stay up-to-date with the latest information from the Bureau of Meteorology.”

UPDATE @ 5:45PM | Residents in parts of the northern Gold Coast have been warned to prepare for the possibility of flooding.

An emergency alert is in place with the Albert and Logan Rivers expected to peak above major flood levels.

Head of Council’s Disaster Management Unit Alton Twine says the peak is likely to occur in the coming hours.

“They will start to have an impact on our communities in places like Alberton on the Logan River from midnight tonight,” Mr Twine told myGC.

“So it’s advice to the communities around there, and that includes the Steiglitz area and Jacobs Well, to anticipate those high water levels and to stay tuned for more information as the night progresses.”

Initial modelling shows the flood peak will not be as high as 2017 but some properties could be in the firing line.

“It is a highly dynamic sustain in a very large river catchment so we have to keep checking in to see how it goes but we think it will be less than 2017.

“So there will be inundation, at the moment we’re not showing a lot of direct property impact but again, that could change especially if we have additional rainfall.”

Other Gold Coast rivers and creeks remain pretty swollen but are not posing a major flood threat at this stage.

A flood warning remains in place with officials closely watching waterways in the Tallebudgera and Currumbin Valleys.

Mayor Tom Tate says SMS alerts may be sent to residents in those areas tonight.

“Locations within the two valleys we are most concerned about include low-lying areas closest to the creek entrances but realistically, any resident in those catchments needs to monitor conditions and act accordingly,” Mayor Tate said.

As a precaution, evacuation assembly points will be established from 6.30pm on Sunday at Ormeau Community Centre and the Reedy Creek Waste & Recycling Centre.

However, residents who decide to self-evacuate are encouraged to try and find accommodation with friends or family.

Dozens of roads also remain closed because of flooding and are expected to remain shut for some time.

Read more: Latest list of Gold Coast road closures

The weather system that has been smashing Brisbane is continuing to move south however most of the Gold Coast has so far avoided a direct hit.

Rain has been picking up in areas of the Hinterland and some parts of the northern Gold Coast.

Upper Springbrook has recorded another 111mm since 9am on Sunday while Canungra has recorded a further 82mm.

The system is expected to track southwest before moving into northern New South Wales.

Beaches on the Gold Coast will remain closed on Monday with a hazardous surf warning in place.

Almost 1000 schools across Queensland will be shut on Monday including dozens across the Gold Coast.

FULL LIST: Gold Coast school closures on Monday

UPDATE @ 2:45PM | An Emergency Alert has been issued by Gold Coast Council with concerns that conditions could deteriorate.

Authorities are most worried about suburbs along the Logan and Albert Rivers which are expected to peak either late tonight or early tomorrow morning.

Residents in those areas are urged to stay informed, monitor conditions and prepare for the possibility of flooding.

Officials are keeping a close eye on other Gold Coast creeks and rivers which remain swollen, however no major flooding has been reported so far.

Despite a slight reprieve in the rain closer to the coast, the huge system that’s been smashing Brisbane and surrounds is now heading further south.

Part of that system has started to dump more rain on parts of the northern Gold Coast and the Hinterland however, no warnings are in place at this stage.

BOM RADAR Image @ 2.49pm

More than 300 homes and businesses are also without power on the Gold Coast.

The bulk of those are in Benowa but there are also outages in Bundall, Natural Bridge, Numinbah Valley and Springbrook.

UPDATE @ 10AM: Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has warned the city faces being hit from both sides later tonight but is confident we can avoid the need for evacuations.

However, authorities continue to monitor conditions on the northern Gold Coast with concerns about the Albert River.

There is currently moderate flooding along the Albert River at Wolfdene and minor flooding at Beenleigh which is expected to impact creeks and low-lying areas in northern suburbs.

Officials are also keeping a close eye on conditions along Currumbin Creek.

Mayor Tate says conditions are expected to deteriorate even further tonight.

“Mother Nature has a funny turn. As the north subsides we’ve got rain coming up from the south after midnight,” Mayor Tate said.

“So all in all it’s going to get hit from both ends.”

Flood warnings remain in place for the Coomera, Pimpama, and Nerang Rivers as well as Mudgeeraba, Tallebudgera, and Currumbin Creeks.

Mayor Tate is hopeful evacuations won’t be necessary.

“I don’t believe we’ll be doing it but really the luck of it is that the hardest hit will be midnight tonight. But that coincides with the low tide so water can get away.

“So, fingers crossed there’s no evacuations that need to be done.”

Despite the torrential rain, officials believe the city has so far fared pretty with no significant damage to property reported.

“We’ve got to remain vigilant. Listen to your local media and visit our dashboard site.

“Really, if you don’t have to be out and get on the roads stay at home, and if you really need to go somewhere, plan your trip.”

At least 25 roads across the Gold Coast remain closed while at least two landslips have been reported in the Hinterland.

Council’s sandbagging stations at Pimpama, Bilinga, and Burleigh Heads will be open until 6pm.

All Gold Coast beaches remain closed and are likely to stay shut tomorrow.

“Beaches are horrendous and they’re all closed. It’s not really fun to go out and try and be a hero.”

UPDATE @ 9.20AM: Residents in part of the Tweed Shire have been ordered to evacuate with flood levels rising.

The Tweed River at Tumbulgum has reached moderate flood levels and is expected to reach major levels later on Sunday.

The River is currently at 1.95 metres.

“NSW SES is directing people within Tumbulgum and surrounding areas to evacuate the high danger area via the Terranora Road.

“Once floodwater passes 2.0 metres on the Tumbulgum Gauge, final access route from Tumbulgum will be closed.”

An evacuation centre has been set up at The Salvation Army Tweed Centre, Cnr Leisure &, Woodlands Dr, Banora Point.

UPDATE @ 7.20AM: An initial flood warning has been issued for Gold Coast rivers and creeks as the city continues to be battered by persistent rain.

Sunday morning’s high tide is expected to also contribute to rising flood levels across the region.

Minor to moderate flooding is already occurring along parts of the Coomera River and its tributaries including at Clagiraba with further rises expected throughout Sunday.

Significant water level rises and possible flooding is expected along sections of the Pimpama River, Nerang River, Mudgeeraba Creek, Tallebudgera Creek, and Currumbin Creek.

Tallebudgera Creek was already above minor flood levels at Coplicks Bridge on Sunday morning as was Mudgeeraba Creek at Mudgeeraba.

The Oxenford Weir reached minor flood levels on Saturday evening but levels have since fallen.

Minor to major flood warnings have also been issued for parts of the Tweed.

Minor flooding is expected along the Tweed River at Chinderah while the river is expected to reach moderate levels in Murwillumbah and major levels at Tumbulgum on Sunday evening.

EARLIER @ 5AM by Shanee Dobeson: Gold Coast wakes to flood watch as torrential rain wreaks havoc across city

A fresh severe weather warning has been issued for the Gold Coast this morning, with the weather bureau warning of intense rain and thunderstorms.

After days of dodging the weather system that has been smashing other parts of the southeast, it has finally hit the coast, with persistent rain falling across the city.

In the last 24 hours, Pacific Pines has recorded more than 170mm of rain, while Upper Springbrook has copped 163mm.

We’re being warned the worst is still to come, with another 200mm of rain forecast for the Gold Coast today.

“A low pressure system east of Noosa Heads has developed this morning, embedded within a surface trough,” The Bureau of Meteorology warned.

“This low is expected to track southward along the Southeast Queensland coast and into northeastern New South Wales today producing further heavy to locally intense rainfall with embedded thunderstorms.

“As this low tracks southwards heavy rainfall is expected to contract towards the NSW border during today.”

The weather bureau has warned of the potential of life-threatening flash flooding.

“Locally intense rainfall leading to dangerous and life-threatening flash flood is possible with thunderstorms during this period, particularly over coastal areas south of Caloundra and the Gold Coast hinterland,” BOM warned.

“Six-hourly rainfall totals in excess of 200 mm are possible”.

Damaging wind gusts in excess of 90 km/h are also possible over coastal fringes, mainly south of Caloundra and about the elevated terrain of the Gold Coast hinterland.

Authorities have warned that heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads, with a massive landslide already occurring in the hinterland overnight (pictured above).

It has closed Beechmont Road in both directions at Advancetown.

“Powerlines are down as well. Expected to remain closed until Monday at the earliest,” Queensland Police said.

An emergency alert has been issued for the Scenic Rim, which is being pounded by heavy falls.

“The Scenic Rim Regional Council advises that heavy rainfall, riverine and flash flooding is occurring across the region,” the alert said.

“Council is advising residents to remain home, stay off the roads and to monitor the latest information from the Bureau of Meteorology.”

An Emergency Alert has also been issued for the Logan area.

“The Logan Local Disaster Management Group advises the Logan River at Maclean Bridge is expected to peak Sunday morning above major flood level, similar to March 2021,” authorities warned.

“Residents are reminded to be aware and prepare as required as properties may be impacted.”

A Flood Watch remains in place for Gold Coast rivers and creeks.

No warnings are in place at the moment with most waterways still below minor flood levels with the exception of the Coomera River at Clagiraba Rd, which is sitting at “moderate”.

River levels at the Oxenford Weir were approaching minor flood levels on Saturday night as was Mudgeeraba Creek at Mudgeeraba and Tallebudgera Creek.

A number of roads across the city remain closed due to flooding and debris – The full list of impacted roads can be found here.