“Only the start” Another weather system to hit saturated SE Qld

Heavy rainfall may be starting to ease across the South East, but we are being warned the threat of wet weather is far from over.

The Gold Coast has copped a drenching over the past few days, with the hinterland appearing to have taken in the most amount of rain.

Around 125 millimetres has fallen at Upper Springbrook since 9am yesterday, while Currumbin Creek recorded 105mm and Burleigh Waters on the southern Gold Coast had 100mm.


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Queensland Fire and Emergency Service Commissioner Greg Leach said while the heavy rain has subsided, another weather system is forecast to hit next week.

“We’re seeing an easing of rainfall conditions at the moment and hopefully we will get a reprieve over the next couple of days,” Mr Leach said.

“But there is another weather system that comes through next week and now that our catchments are already saturated, whatever rain we get from here on, those river levels are going to rise again very quickly.”

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Mr Leach warned “this is only the start of our severe weather system”.

“We have got a long way to go yet, we’ve got saturated catchments, so we’re probably going to face this situation for the next few months potentially,” he said.

An emergency alert remains in place for Inglewood in the Goondiwindi region, with around 1000 residents evacuated from floodwaters overnight.

“Major flood levels are expected for the MacIntyre Brook catchment in the next four hours,” QFES said in its latest update around midday on Wednesday.

“Properties in the area are likely to experience internal and external flooding.

“Council advises residents to warn neighbours, secure belongings and evacuate to the assembly point at the Inglewood Cemetery immediately.”

Over the past 24 hours, State Emergency Services responded to over 320 requests for assistance, with QFES crews also tasked to a number of swift water rescues.

Sadly, floodwaters have claimed the life of a man near Oakey on Wednesday afternoon, after his vehicle was washed off the road at Yalangur.

It’s prompted officials to issue a desperate plea for motorists to avoid driving through flooded roads.

On the Gold Coast, a number of roads remain under water including Tallebudgera Creek Rd at Tallebudgera Valley, Ruffles Rd at Willow Vale, Birds Rd at Guanaba, Clagiraba Rd at Clagiraba and Hardys Rd at Bonogin.