“STAY HOME” Schools closed, locals told to work from home as floodwaters rise

All schools across the Gold Coast have been closed today and locals are being encouraged to work from home as floodwaters continue to rise across the city.

The Gold Coast has copped the brunt of the wild weather over the past 48 hours, with conditions ramping up this morning as severe thunderstorms made their way across the region.

The southern areas were the worst hit, with 128mm of rain recorded at Currumbin Creek in just two hours this morning.


Fortunately, the severe thunderstorms have eased for now, however, the weather bureau has warned they may develop again later this morning.

Since 9am yesterday, some parts of the city have received more than 400mm of rain, with authorities warning it’s not over yet.

The city is expected to see another 90mm of rain today, with several emergency alerts in place across the city.

An emergency warning has been issued for Tallebudgera and Currumbin Valley, due to fears of life-threatening flash flooding.

City of Gold Coast is urging residents to shelter in place unless it is unsafe to do so.

“Access to the area is cut and inaccessible in multiple places,” they warned.

The northern Gold Coast is also of concern, especially suburbs near the Logan and Albert Rivers, which continue to rise.

Emergency Alerts have been issued for people in the Albert River Catchment, with fears the river could approach 2017 flood levels.

“Wolfdene to peak mid Monday just below 2017 level. Beenleigh to peak Monday evening around 1m below 2017 level,” Logan Local Disaster Management Group said.

An Emergency Alert is also in place for the Logan River Catchment, which flooding there forecast to exceed the flood levels seen in 2017.

“Maclean Bridge is expected to peak 1.5m above 2017 level,” Logan Local Disaster Management Group said.

“Waterford is expected to peak 1.5m above 2017 level.”

Floodwaters impacting a local street in Burleigh.

The Premier yesterday made the call to close all schools in the flood-affected areas, including the Gold Coast and Brisbane, in order to keep people off roads and at home.

“We are making the decision today to close a lot of schools in South East Queensland,” Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“They will not be open tomorrow. And can I also encourage people to work from home”.

Ms Palaszczuk said they “never expected this rain”.

“This rain bomb is just, it’s unrelenting,” she told reporters.

“It’s just coming down in buckets. It’s not a waterfall. It’s like waves of water just coming down. And everyone can see it.

“We want people to be safe. Everyone can see what’s happening around their local suburbs. Once again, parents, please do not let your children go into these floodwaters.”

All trains on the Queensland Rail network have been suspended.