Torrential rain that would threaten lives is falling throughout southeast Queensland, with a swathe of the state’s west additionally braced for flash flooding.
On the Gold Coast, the place rivers have change into heaving expanses of white water, police are dashing to evacuate residents from two adjoining streets after main landslips there.
Some theme parks, together with Dreamworld, have closed because the climate worsens, with the Gold Coast, Brisbane, and the Sunshine Coast on excessive alert, together with Channel Nation communities as far west as Birdsville.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has urged Queenslanders to get house safely and keep there, with the worst of the climate not anticipated till in a while Monday night.
“We’re in for a extreme climate occasion. If you don’t want to be on the roads, please do not. Now we have already heard stories of some land slips which are occurring, particularly within the Gold Coast hinterland.”
Police are serving to individuals go away their properties in Crest Hill Drive and the adjoining Lanes Highway at Wongawallan. It is unclear what number of households might want to go away.
Officers say the state of affairs remains to be unfolding, however the foundations of not less than one house have been severely eroded, leaving it perched precariously on a hillside. Fences have additionally toppled over.
Some low-lying properties have additionally been inundated on the Gold Coast, nevertheless it’s not clear what number of, Queensland Fireplace and Emergency Providers stated. They embody properties at Tallai and close by Carrara.
The Bureau of Meteorology is anticipating six-hour rainfall totals of 150mm within the southeast nook, and that could be compounded by storm exercise that would push totals properly past that.
“The state of affairs is prone to pose a critical threat to already affected and flooded areas. In some areas, the state of affairs might change into life-threatening,” it has warned.
Harmful circumstances are anticipated to proceed into Tuesday.
Inland communities are additionally braced for potential flash flooding with six-hourly rainfall totals of 50-70mm seemingly. At-risk communities embody Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Roma, Charleville, Birdsville, Emerald, Stanthorpe and Goondiwindi.
A flood watch can be present for southern elements of western and central Queensland and the Darling Downs.
The State Emergency Service has obtained lots of of requires assist for the reason that rain set in over the weekend, and crews have been compelled to stage not less than six swift water rescues, 4 involving individuals trapped in automobiles.
One man was plucked from a tree within the southeast after having to desert his automotive in floodwaters.
“There’s been inundation to properties, roof injury, bushes down. A few of these calls concerned a number of issues – water by the roof, developing by the ground,” SES Queensland state co-ordinator Brian Cox has instructed AAP.
“We’re nervous as a result of there’s extra extreme climate predicted, and with the panorama already saturated it means we’re twice as prone to see extra flash flooding.”
Components of the Gold Coast recorded falls in extra of 200mm to 9am on Monday, together with 263mm at North Tambourine, within the Gold Coast hinterland.
Brisbane metropolis and surrounding suburbs additionally noticed widespread falls of 100mm. Beachmere, north of Brisbane, recorded 208mm.
Emergency Providers Minister Mark Ryan urged individuals within the southeast nook and the west to organize now, and echoed the premier’s warning for individuals to train excessive warning on the roads.
“Flash flooding is a possible threat to anybody on the roads tonight, so individuals must be ready. Additionally take into consideration this – there may be the unknown at midnight. You will not be capable to see floodwaters throughout the street.”