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Disaster centre on standby as Coast readies for downpour

Commercial fisherman Paul Grenfell at Noosa as heavy rain falls across the Coast.
Commercial fisherman Paul Grenfell at Noosa as heavy rain falls across the Coast. john mccutcheon

RAIN is expected to intensify on the Sunshine Coast tonight, with the region likely to receive some of the highest falls from a band of rain sweeping down the Queensland coast.

Weatherzone meteorologist Josh Fisher said falls of between 100 and 150mm could be expected overnight as a low pressure system forming off the coast deepens rapidly, possibly causing local flash flooding.Wind gusts of 80 to 90kmh an hour can also be expected, along with dangerous seas.

The Sunshine Coast Disaster Management Centre has been put on standby in preparation for a heavy onslaught of rain this evening and tomorrow morning.

Management coordinator Alan "Fox" Rogers said the centre would be operational overnight so staff can monitor the impact of the predicted 100mm yet to fall across the Coast tonight.

"The situation is still not totally clear, but what the Bureau (of meteorology) are telling us if that there is a new low forming off the central Queensland Coast around Mackay and that will move south south-easterly and is expected off the Fraser coast by Tuesday morning, so the heaviest falls are likely to occur here overnight and Tuesday morning," he said.

"We are asking people to be very careful tomorrow morning and only travel on the roads where necessary. As usual, if it's flooded, forget it."

Today's downpours have closed 37 roads across the Coast, with 15 marked as areas to proceed through with caution.

Mr Rogers said unless crews were called to action overnight, they would be assessing the situation across the Coast at first light tomorrow.

Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay expected to receive highest rainfall

The Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay Burnett are expected to receive the highest rainfall as the system moves south.

Heavy falls are likely to continue in some areas through much of tomorrow before easing in the evening.

"When compared to the rain that moved through in January, this will be a much quicker-moving front," Mr Fisher said.

"It is not likely to hang around for days as the other one did."

The Coast has had heavy rainfall through much of today, prompting the Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Group to convene this morning  to discuss whether to open its operations in the face of a severe weather warning for the Sunshine Coast.

A Sunshine Coast Council spokeswoman said the group was concerned about the Bureau of Meteorology's predicted low pressure system, which was expected to develop along the trough off the central coast and hit the Sunshine Coast later today.

Emergency Management Co-ordinator Alan "Fox" Rogers is expected to make an announcement this afternoon.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a  severe weather advice for "heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding".

It warned of dangerous surf conditions, with possible beach erosion along the coast from Burnett Heads to the New South Wales border.

Locations expected to be affected include Yeppoon, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Gympie, Fraser Island, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

 

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In the 24 hours until 7.30am Monday, the bureau was reporting the following rainfall:

Noosa: 80mm

Tewantin: 88mm

Doonan: 83mm

Tiaro, near Gympie, 40mm

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Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:

  •  Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
  •  Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
  •  For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500. 

 

>> ROADS KNOWN TO BE AFFECTED BY WATER (3.20PM)

 

BEERBURRUM Beerburrum-Woodford Road Hazard: Water over Road Status: Open with Caution  
BELLI PARK Buckby Road Hazard: Drainage Failure Status: Open with Caution Water is lapping Road Edge
BUDERIM Crosby Hill Road Hazard: Water over Road Status: Open with Caution Closed 18/02/13 8.45am - water over the road. Re- opened Road with caution after inspection 11-48 am identified as clear.
BUDERIM Lindsay Road Hazard: Water over Road Status: Closed  
CHEVALLUM Chevallum Road Hazard: Water over Road Status: Open with Caution Water covering west bound lane 8.45am 18/02/13
CHEVALLUM Chevallum Road Hazard: No Hazard Status: Open with Caution Water over the road covering west bound lane 8.45am - 18/02/13 - signs in place
CHEVALLUM Mcgilchrist Road Hazard: Water over Road Status: Closed Water over McGilchrists Road 11-50 am 18/2/2013
DIAMOND VALLEY Diamond Valley Road Hazard: Water over Road Status: Open with Caution  
DIAMOND VALLEY Ratcliffe Road Hazard: Water over Road Status: Open with Caution  
DOONAN Doonan Bridge Road North Hazard: Water over Road Status: Closed  
EUDLO Mcgilchrist Road Hazard: Water over Road Status: Closed Water over road 11-50am 18/2/2013
GHEERULLA Moy Pocket Road Hazard: Water over Road Status: Closed  
GLASS HOUSE MOUNTAINS Coulon Road Hazard: Water over Road Status: Open with Caution  
GLASS HOUSE MOUNTAINS Jeffreys Road Hazard: Water over Road Status: Open with Caution  
GLASS HOUSE MOUNTAINS Spanner Road Hazard: Water over Road Status: Open with Caution  
GLASS HOUSE MOUNTAINS Youngs Road Hazard: Water over Road Status: Open with Caution  
GLENVIEW Stevens Road Hazard: Water over Road Status: Closed  
IMAGE FLAT Wappa Dam Road Hazard: Water over Road Status: Closed Water over the road - 9am 18/02/13
KENILWORTH Walli Mountain Road Hazard: Landslips Status: Open with Caution reported land subsidence
KIAMBA Image Flat Road Hazard: Water over Road Status: Closed Water over the road 9am - 18/02/13
KIAMBA Wappa Dam Road Hazard: No Hazard Status: Open with Caution  
NINDERRY Collins Road Hazard: Water over Road Status: Closed  
NORTH ARM Gold Creek Road Hazard: Water over Road Status: Open with Caution Open with caution 1.45pm 18/02/13
NORTH ARM Wegner Road Hazard: Water over Road Status: Closed  
PEACHESTER River Road Hazard: Road Works Status: Open with Caution  
PERWILLOWEN Perwillowen Road Hazard: Water over Road Status: Closed  
POMONA Subway Avenue Hazard: Water over Road Status: Closed  
POMONA Subway Avenue Hazard: Water over Road Status: Closed  
TANAWHA Rita Court Hazard: Water over Road Status: Open with Caution  
TANAWHA Sippy Creek Road Hazard: No Hazard Status: Open with Caution  
TWIN WATERS Tamarind Place Hazard: Water over Road Status: Open with Caution  
WOOMBYE Back Woombye Road Hazard: No Hazard Status: Open with Caution Water over road proceed with caution
WOOMBYE Back Woombye Road Hazard: Water over Road Status: Open with Caution Water over road proceed with caution
YANDINA Colemans Road Hazard: Water over Road Status: Closed  
YANDINA Ninderry Road Hazard: Water over Road Status: Closed  
YANDINA Vee Road Hazard: No Hazard Status: Open with Caution water at the culvert level 9-10 am 18/2/2013 , Road flooding immenient.
YANDINA Yandina-Bli Bli Road Hazard: Water over Road Status: Open with Caution  
YANDINA Yandina-Bli Bli Road Hazard: Water over Road Status: Open with Caution

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