THE Gold Coast has been soaked with the heaviest rainfall to impact the area in more than 12 months, leading to flash flooding and rapid river rises across the city.
Widespread falls in excess of 100mm were recorded across the city overnight, with 10 areas exceeding 200mm including Upper Springbrook which topped the list with 383mm. (rainfall totals below)
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It brought strong winds, flash flooding, landslides and extensive power outages.
A number of trickling streams across the southern Gold Coast were turned into flooding creeks and rivers were also quick to swell.
Bonogin Creek in Mudgeeraba reached major flooding, rising to 2.54 metres above the bridge at Hardy’s Road around 2am.
A large number of caravans set up for the Gold Coast Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish and Boat show at the Mudgeeraba Showgrounds were under water on Friday morning after swollen creek’s burst their banks.
The show was called off on Friday but will go ahead as planned on Saturday and Sunday with free admission.
The Coomera River also detected rapid rises, sitting just 5cm below the causeway upstream at Clagiraba Road at 2.30am this morning.
Little Nerang Creek at the Little Nerang Dam reached minor flood levels around 4am and was slowly rising.
Other notable increases included quick rises in the Nerang River at Numinbah Valley, the Coomera River at Oxenford and in Mudgeeraba Creek at the Neranwood Causeway.
The torrential rainfall impacted heavily on the city’s electricity grid, cutting power to 20,000 homes and businesses. At the height of the event around midnight, 14,668 homes and businesses were blacked out.
Locations which were affected included Miami, Coolangatta, Burleigh Waters, Burleigh Heads, Varsity Lakes, Marmaid Beach, Bilinga, Nerang, Robina, and Mermaid Waters.
After nearly two hours without power, the majority were reconnected at 2am, with just 1,264 customers still waiting to be restored at 3.30am.
The large scale outage caused further havoc on the already water logged Gold Coast Highway, downing all street lights and traffic signals between Broadbeach and Miami.
One woman, who spent most the evening at the hospital, arrived home shortly before 1am to no power and realised she left her keys inside the house before going out.
She was forced to wait out the heaviest of the rain in her car out the front until the power came back on as the only way back inside was through her automatic garage door.
Flash flooding was reported across many roads, including Siganto Drive near the intersection with Helensvale Road, Burleigh Connection Road in Burleigh Waters, Lawrence Drive in Nerang and in the Tugun Bypass Tunnel on the Pacific Motorway.
The Pacific Motorway off ramp at Exit 54 was also affected by flash flooding, as was Mark Way, Hardy’s Road and Gunsynd Drive in Mudgeeraba, Benowa Road in front of Benowa Primary School and Highfield Drive in Merimac.
A mudslide impacted on Beechmont Road at Advancetown, while trees were brought down along Gold Coast Springbrook Road in the Numinbah Valley and on Pimpama-Jacobs Well Road.
A large tree was also brought down over Currumbin Creek Road, near the Currumbin Valley Primary School.
The bulk of the heavy rain began to ease from the north of the Gold Coast around 3am and further contracted south into NSW and offshore before midday Friday.
The Bureau of Meteorology have since cancelled their Severe Weather Warning.
However, shower and thunderstorm activity is expected to develop in the wake of the cloud band during Friday afternoon and the Weather Bureau says they will issue Severe Thunderstorm Warnings as necessary.
24hr RAINFALL TOTALS: 9.00am Thursday to 09.00amFriday (Qld time).
383mm Upper Springbrook
296mm Upper Tallebudgera
224mm Mt Tamborine
208mm Numinbah Valley
136mm Biggera Waters
121mm Coomera Shores
120mm Monterey Keys
105mm Burleigh Waters
102mm Gold Coast Seaway
WEDNESDAY: HEAVY rainfall is intensifying over the Gold Coast this evening and it will continue to do so overnight tonight, prompting the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a Severe Weather Warning and Flood Warning for southeast Queensland.
A deepening surface trough continues to move slowly towards the south, bringing with it the increased risk of flash flooding.
Between 50 to 150mm of rain is likely to fall, before the system contracts off the southeast coast on Friday morning.
The Bureau warns rivers and streams may rise above the minor flood level in the area of heaviest rainfall.
Catchments that may be affected include the Calliope, Boyne, Baffle, Kolan, Cherwell-Burrum, Mary, Noosa, Maroochy, Mooloolah, Logan, Albert and Gold Coast rivers and creeks.
Shower and thunderstorm activity is expected in the wake of the cloud band through southeast districts on Friday afternoon and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will be issued as necessary.
RAINFALL TOTALS: 9am Thursday – 5.20pm Thursday
10mm Biggera Waters
8.4mm Gold Coast Seaway
Remember: If it’s flooded, forget it.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
■ For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500
■ For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately
■ Current emergency information is available at www.disaster.qld.gov.au
■ For the latest weather forecasts see: www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts