Gold Coast residents urged to seek higher ground to escape floods


An evacuation centre was set up after a flood warning for the Coomera River, with properties at Oxenford, Hope Island and Helensvale in the firing line.

The Gold Coast has been dumped with triple-digit deluges over the past few days, rocketing monthly rainfall figures past February averages and causing rivers to swell, flash flooding and widespread road and school closures.

While the floodwater threat for Tweed Heads, which was declared a disaster zone on Thursday night, has eased, the state’s southeast will see plenty more showers today and through the weekend.

“It’s been the wettest week in decades for southeast Queensland and the NSW coast,” Sky Weatherchief meteorologist Tom Saunders said.

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For Coolangatta Airport, the rain dump on Thursday night broke a 33-year record.

“Coolangatta Airport has an unverified record on the cards of 616mm,” Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecaster Sam Campbell said. The previous highest February total was 507mm.

While major flood warnings remain in place for parts of the state, including the Logan River, just north of the Gold Coast, Mr Campbell said the area had “hopefully” seen the worst of the heavy rainfall.

Overnight, 38 calls for help were made to the State Emergency Service, including a man in his 20s who had to be rescued from the Stanley River at Woodford.

Tweed Heads was declared a natural disaster area on Thursday night. Picture: Scott PowickSource:News Regional Media

Tweed Heads locals described it as the heaviest rain they’d seen in years.

Tweed Heads locals described it as the heaviest rain they’d seen in years.Source:Supplied

Yacht Street, in Southport on the Gold Coast, also flooded yesterday. Picture: Tertius Pickard

Yacht Street, in Southport on the Gold Coast, also flooded yesterday. Picture: Tertius PickardSource:News Corp Australia

The SES had more than 580 calls for help across the southeast and north coast yesterday, which came as the search for a 26-year-old woman, who disappeared in the Gold Coast hinterland while walking near Gorge Falls in the Tallebudgera Valley, continue.

And a body, believed to be that of a missing 75-year-old kayaker, was pulled from the flooded Mary River on the Sunshine Coast on Thursday, prompting warnings about the dangers of waterways amid flooding.

Police say it’s unclear whether the man drowned in floodwaters or suffered a medical episode while kayaking on Sunday.

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Tweed Shire has been declared a natural disaster area by the Federal Government due to the continued rain and flooding.

The declaration will provide the council with access to money under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements to repair essential public infrastructure damaged by flooding.

All beaches across the Gold Coast will also be closed today due to hazardous surf and swell conditions caused by ex-tropical cyclone Uesi.

– with AAP





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