Emergency Alert issued for north Gold Coast amid flood threat

UPDATE @ 4.00PM | A Watch and Act alert has been issued by Council for parts of the northern Gold Coast with concerns about flooding over the coming hours.

Moderate flooding is predicted in low-lying areas near rivers and creeks north of Pimpama.

Suburbs that may be impacted include:


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  • Cedar Creek
  • Kingsholme
  • Luscombe
  • Wongawallan
  • Alberton
  • Gilberton
  • Jacobs Well
  • Norwell
  • Ormeau
  • Ormeau Hills
  • Southern Moreton Islands
  • Stapylton
  • Steiglitz
  • Woongoolba
  • Yatala

Residents in those areas are urged to monitor the situation and move to higher ground if they come under threat.

Meantime the Bureau of Meteorology has cancelled the severe weather warning for the south-east including the Gold Coast, but the threat of rain is far from over.

The huge band of rain that has been responsible for the persistent rain across the Gold Coast has now moved off shore.

However, another band of showers is now moving east across the city.

There is also the threat of severe thunderstorms on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.

Storms have developed in the Darling Downs and are tracking towards the east.

Radar Image @ 3.48pm | BOM

EARLIER @ 1.30 PM | The Gold Coast Mayor says the council is prepared to stand up evacuation centres across the city, as we prepare for more rain and possible thunderstorms.

Current modelling from the city’s disaster centre suggests we could see another 100 millimetres of rain throughout the afternoon and evening.

“The entire catchment areas throughout our city and we expect there will be another 100 millimetres over the next 12 to 18 hours, here’s hoping its a gradual rainfall and not all in one go,” Mayor Tate said in this afternoon’s update.

The Bureau’s earlier forecast predicts possibly severe thunderstorms could bear down on the region throughout the afternoon and evening, which could bring heavier falls in localised areas.

The Mayor says Council is prepared to help residents that need to leave their homes if it comes to that.

“We have now prepared three large evacuation centres, one in the north, centre and south of our city. For us to activate them, that would only take 30 minutes.

“So it’s ‘watch and wait’ for mother nature and if it looks like we’ve got to evacuate, we’ll flick the switch and the evacuation centre will go on,” Mr Tate said.

In the Mayor’s afternoon update from the Disaster Centre, we’re being told drinking water is still fine, and our rivers should hold this afternoon.

Beaches will be closed at least for today and tomorrow at this stage, and people are also being urged to stay out of rivers due to debris.

The Hinze Dam, which is currently sitting at 114 per cent, is expected to continue filling and spilling this afternoon.

The other dams at Biggera Waters and Lotus Creek are fine.

Sandbagging stations remain open at the following addresses.

✔️232 Old Pacific Highway, #Pimpama
✔️46 Boyd St, #Bilinga
✔️61 Hutchinson St, #Burleigh Heads

EARLIER @ 11.45 PM | The Gold Coast is being warned to brace for possibly severe thunderstorms as a severe weather event continues this afternoon.

In the Bureau’s latest update issued just after 11.00 am, a severe weather warning for heavy rain remains in place for the whole of the southeast region.

As part of the latest warning, we’re also being told to expect some afternoon and evening thunderstorms which could bring even heavier falls to localised areas.

“The heavy rain band has contracted to the eastern Darling Downs and Southeast Coast districts. The rain areas are likely to contract further east later today,” the Bureau’s update reads.

“Afternoon and evening thunderstorms are expected to develop across southern and southeast Queensland, in the wake of the rain band.

“These storms are likely to bring localised heavy rainfall and damaging winds. Separate Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will be issued for these conditions.

“HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING continues about the southern parts of the Darling Downs and Southeast Coast districts.

“The situation continues to pose a SERIOUS RISK to areas affected by heavy rainfall, including the risk of landslips in steep terrain; in these areas the situation may become LIFE-THREATENING.

“6-hourly rainfall totals of 100-150 mm are likely, and locally heavier falls are possible with thunderstorms,” the warning reads.

Separate flood warnings remain in place for the Nerang, Pimpama and Coomera Rivers. While a major flood warning is now in place for the Logan river.

The following flood advice remains current.

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 continuing to rise. River level rises are continuing in Pimpama River. Rivers will continue to respond quickly to any further heavy rainfall.

Nerang River:

River levels along the Nerang River continue to respond to heavy rainfall recorded during Sunday, however at this stage remain below the minor flood level. Rivers will respond quickly to any further heavy rainfall.

The Nerang River at Clearview is currently at 3.59 metres and rising. 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 0.63 metres and falling. At this stage the river level at Evandale is likely to remain below the minor flood level (1.80 m) during Tuesday.

Mudgeeraba Creek:

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.

It comes as residents across the border in Tweed are urged to remain vigilant, with a minor flood warning now in place for the area of Tumbulgun.

Related article: Flood warning issued for Tweed River

EARLIER @ 6.00 AM | A severe weather warning remains in place for the Gold Coast this morning with forecasts the situation could become life-threatening.

Over the last 24 hours, some parts of the Gold Coast have again seen close to 200 millimetres of rain.

“Once again North Tamborine has picked up just over 200 millimetres, so 220 millimetres at North Tamborine since 9.00 yesterday morning,” The Bureau’s Kimba Wong told myGC this morning.

“There is still rainfall in the area, so this total could still increase over the next few hours.

“Upper Springbrook has had 200 millimetres since 9 yesterday, and around Hotham Creek where we saw heavy falls yesterday around 172 millimetres has fallen since 9.00am.

“So really significant rain totals starting to fall again, particularly in the Gold Coast hinterland,” Ms Wong said.

The Bureau warns heavy rain which may lead to flash flooding will continue, with rainfall totals between 100 and 150 millimetres likely.

Heavier falls and thunderstorms are also possible in more localised areas, while flood warnings remain in place for the Nerang and Coomera Rivers remain in place.

We’re being told to brace for another full day of showers, with the rain to continue into tomorrow morning before easing in the afternoon.

“There is the risk of heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding across the region through the day today and overnight into Wednesday morning associated with a rain band that’s moving in over the west,” Ms Wong told myGC.

“There is the risk of quite life-threatening flash flooding and potentially some landslips particularly around the steep terrain where we’ve seen recent heavy rainfall over the last couple of days as well,” she said.

Dozens of roads around the Gold Coast remain closed, for a full list click HERE.

The Bureau issued the following advice for Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast Districts around 4.30 am:

“HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is likely about the Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts today and overnight into early Wednesday morning.

“The situation is likely to pose a SERIOUS RISK to areas recently affected by heavy rainfall, including the risk of landslips in steep terrain; in these areas the situation may become LIFE-THREATENING.

“6-hourly rainfall totals of 100-150 mm are likely, and locally heavier falls are possible with thunderstorms,” it reads.

SES received around 250 call-outs since 5.00am yesterday, and are again expected more today.

Related article: Emergency services plead for Gold Coasters to stay away from flood waters

One of the main focuses will be a home in Wongawallan, which was expected to collapse after major landslides yesterday.

The residents of the Crest Hill Drive property, as well as neighbours in the street and along Lanes Road, had to be evacuated from the area late yesterday.

Several schools have been closed across the southeast, on the Gold Coast that includes Cedar Creek State School, Helensvale Learning Centre and Tallebudgera State School.

For an updated list and further information, click here.

In terms of the Bureau’s flood warning, the current advice is below

Pimpama and Coomera Rivers:

River level rises including moderate flooding at Clagiraba Road continue across the Coomera and Pimpama River catchments during Monday afternoon following on from heavy rainfall recorded throughout Sunday and also Monday morning. Rivers will continue to respond quickly to any further heavy rainfall.

Nerang River:

River levels along the Nerang River continue to respond to heavy rainfall recorded during Sunday, however at this stage remain below the minor flood level. Rivers will respond quickly to any further heavy rainfall.

The Nerang River at Clearview is currently at 2.74 metres and rising. At this stage the river level at Clearview is likely to remain below the minor flood level (6.00 m) overnight Monday into Tuesday.

The Nerang River at Evandale is currently at 0.38 metres and steady. At this stage the river level at Evandale is likely to remain below the minor flood level (1.80 m) overnight Monday into Tuesday.

Mudgeeraba Creek:

Creek levels continue to respond to rainfall recorded during the last 24 hours. Further rises are expected during Monday and creek levels are expected to respond quickly to any further rainfall.

Tallebudgera and Currumbin Creeks:

Creek levels continue to respond to rainfall recorded during the last 24 hours. Further rises are expected during Monday and creek levels are expected to respond quickly to any further rainfall.

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Thank you for the update.
Just to let you know, clicking the link for the closed roads doesn’t work for me.

Link to list closures is broken

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