THE weather bureau is tonight warning of extremely fast rises in Sunshine Coast streams and creeks amid torrential rain.
"Extremely heavy rainfall is occurring throughout the Maroochy, Mooloolah and Coochin catchments,'' the bureau said in a warning issued just after 7.30pm.
"Extremely fast rises are likely in streams and creeks throughout warning area.
"The heaviest rain this evening has been in the Maroochy catchment with 61mm recorded in the hour to 7pm at West Woombye.
Minor flood levels are expected at Eumundi and Yandina with moderate flood levels possible as rainfall continues. Moderate flood levels are expected at Warana Bridge in Nambour overnight.
Moderate flood levels are likely along Paynter Creek at Diddillibah. Minor flood levels are possible at Eudlo as
Moderate flood levels are expected overnight at Mooloolah. Minor flood levels are occurring at Ewan Maddock Dam. Major flood levels will continue overnight at Jordan Street. High levels will continue overnight along Mountain Creek.
Major flood levels are expected at Old Gympie Road overnight as rainfall continues.
Higher levels are possible at all locations mentioned in this warning as rainfall continues.
Latest River Heights:
Mooloolah R at Mooloolah * 4.25m rising 06:20 PM TUE 24/01/12
Ewen Maddock Dam # 26.02m rising 07:06 PM TUE 24/01/12
Mooloolah R at Jordan St # 5m rising 07:01 PM TUE 24/01/12
Mooloolah R at Palmview # 4.37m steady 07:08 PM TUE 24/01/12
Currumundi Ck at Meridan Way # 2.58m rising 06:10 PM TUE 24/01/12
Mooloolah R U/S Parreara Weir # 1.01m rising 07:09 PM TUE 24/01/12
Mountain Ck at Tanawha # 1.9m rising 07:10 PM TUE 24/01/12
Mountain Ck at Dixon Rd # 3.8m steady 06:27 PM TUE 24/01/12
Mooloolaba Tide # 1.42m rising 07:07 PM TUE 24/01/12
Coochin Ck at Old Gympie Rd # 3.73m rising 07:09 PM TUE 24/01/12
Coochin Ck at Mawsons Rd * 1.86m rising 02:40 PM TUE 24/01/12
N Maroochy R at Eumundi # 3.27m rising 07:04 PM TUE 24/01/12
Poona Dam # 152.55m steady 07:06 PM TUE 24/01/12
S Maroochy R at Wappa Dam # 45.62m steady 07:05 PM TUE 24/01/12
S Maroochy R at Yandina * 2.81m steady 06:16 PM TUE 24/01/12
S Maroochy R at Yandina # 2.84m rising 07:05 PM TUE 24/01/12
Maroochy R at Dunethin Rock # 1.25m rising 07:06 PM TUE 24/01/12
Yandina Ck at Yandina Ck # 3.69m rising 06:59 PM TUE 24/01/12
Doonan Ck at Doonan Creek # 3.5m rising 06:59 PM TUE 24/01/12
Maroochy R at Stoney Wharf Rd # 0.75m rising 05:56 PM TUE 24/01/12
Petrie Ck at West Woombye # 3.3m falling 07:09 PM TUE 24/01/12
Petrie Ck at Warana Br * 4.79m rising 06:20 PM TUE 24/01/12
Petrie Ck at Warana Br # 5.74m rising 07:08 PM TUE 24/01/12
Paynter Ck at Palmwoods Oval # 2.95m rising 07:02 PM TUE 24/01/12
Paynter Ck at Diddillibah# 3.36m rising 07:00 PM TUE 24/01/12
Eudlo Ck at Eudlo # 3.5m rising 07:06 PM TUE 24/01/12
Eudlo Ck at Kiels Mountain * 2.75m rising 06:20 PM TUE 24/01/12
Maroochy R at Picnic Point # 0.72m rising 07:07 PM TUE 24/01/12
Sunshine Coast faces another 200mm of rain
THE Sunshine Coast could face another 200mm of rain in the next 24 hours, sparking fears of major flooding.
The bureau has this afternoon issued a warning of heavy rain which may lead to flash flooding from southeast of about Bundaberg to Goondiwindi over the remainder of today and during Wednesday.
"Further 24 hour rainfall totals in excess of 200 mm are likely,'' the warning issued at 5pm said.
"Locations which may be affected include Hervey Bay, Gympie, Toowoomba, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Ipswich, the Gold Coast and Warwick.
"At 4:30pm AEST, the heaviest rain was located on radar over the Sunshine Coast, also near Caboolture and moving over northern Stradbroke Island towards southern parts of Brisbane.
The following locations have recorded significant rainfalls since 9am AEST today: Sugarbag Road (Caloundra) 222mm, Meridan Way (Caloundra) 202mm, Golden Beach 171mm, Bracken Ridge 130mm, Dunwich 129mm, Redcliffe 114mm and Geebung 94mm.
There have been reports of cars being inundated with water on the Nicklin Way, while sandbagging has been requested around the Stockland Shopping Centre at Caloundra.
SES crews are struggling to respond to dozens of calls for assistance in Caloundra after the area was inundated with flood waters.
Crews from Coolum and Noosa have been sent to the area to assist with a number of emergencies, chiefly involving the sandbagging of vulnerable homes and fixing leaky roofs.
By mid-afternoon, the SES had received 45 calls for assistance after the area experienced flash flooding ¬- with Golden Beach receiving 152mm of rain since 9am.
The worst-hit areas include Caloundra, Little Mountain and Currimundi.
Sunshine Coast South SES controller Janet Scott said crews were doing their best given that they lacked manpower and resources.
"The teams are saying there's a lot of water around some houses," she said.
"They're really getting inundated with water, but we're doing the best we can … calls are coming in all the time.
"All we can do is just get more crews in and do the best we can."
SES volunteers in the Maroochy area were also reporting a busy afternoon with more than 20 calls coming in.
"We're getting a bit busy, but apparently Caloundra's been hammered," Sunshine Coast Central SES deputy controller Phil Holden said.
Disaster co-ordination centre set up by council
THE Sunshine Coast Council is setting up a disaster co-ordination centre after more than 100mm of rain was dumped across the region in just five hours.
Local Disaster Co-ordinator, Alan Rogers said that as a response to the heavy rainfall today in Caloundra and other parts of the Coast, a small-scale co-ordination centre would be set up.
"Rainfall of 90mm at Caloundra and Golden Beach Area has affected approximately 20 roads in the area," Mr Rogers said.
"Water levels are fluctuating and with a forecast of heavy rainfall throughout the afternoon motorists are asked to consider the need for travel.
"Parents picking children up from school are particularly reminded to proceed with caution.
"Motorists are reminded when entering flooded areas to avoid flooded roads. Do not cross a flooded road.''
The council's main website for road closures has crashed numerous times during the day.
The council is urging residents to use its Facebook site at www.facebook.com/SunshineCoastCouncil for regular updates about road closures.
Police have reported numerous wet weather prangs this morning with serious crashes at Mt Coolum and Palmview.
One of the crashes was in the southbound lane out the front of the Ettamogah Pub - while there was a second crash in the northbound lane.
Police said Forensic Crash Unit officers are investigating a car and scooter crash this morning at Coolum that left a man in his mid-20's with serious head injuries.
Initial information is the car and motorized scooter collided at the intersection of Jarna Hill Drive and Power Court.
The male scooter rider sustained significant injuries as a result and is being airlifted to a Brisbane hospital for treatment.
It is believed the driver of the vehicle sustained no physical injuries.
Motorists are being urged to slow down in the wet - and avoid roads with water across them.
"Police are advising the community to avoid flooded roads, creeks and watercourses and members of the public are also reminded that road closures and road conditions can change rapidly as creeks and water courses can rise and fall quickly,'' police said in a statement just after 1pm.
"Police would like to remind motorists and members of the public of the hazardous and unpredictable nature of flood waters and the dangers associated with storm debris and road washouts.
"Police urge everyone to obey road closure signs and to travel with extreme caution, limiting non essential travel in flood affected areas where possible.
"Parents are also reminded to ensure their children are not playing in flood prone waterways, watercourses and drains as water levels can rise quickly.''
At 12pm, the weather bureau said there had been moderate to heavy rainfall over the region causing localised minor flooding.
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Isolated heavy falls of over 80mm have been recorded in the past hour around Caloundra.
In the three hours until midday, Sugarbag Road recorded 95mms of rain while nearby Golden Beach had 61mm. Palmview had 62mm of rain, while Meridan Way had 43mm.
Ewen Maddock Dam recorded 39mm, while Baroon Pocket Dam's boat ramp had 28mm. Poona Dam had 26mm and Malney 16mm in the three hour period.
The bureau said that generally 20mm to 50mm has been recorded across the region since 9am causing stream rises. Heaviest falls remain chiefly coastal.
"Minor flooding is currently occurring in the South Maroochy River at Yandina and also in the Mooloolah River and in Paynter Creek.
"Localised minor flooding is occurring in several Brisbane Creeks,'' the bureau said.
"On the southern coast, Mudgeeraba is expected to exceed the minor flood level during today and some minor flooding is possible in the Lower Albert River.
"Further heavy rainfall in excess of 150mm is forecast for the warning area during the next 24 hours. Further fast rises are possible in the areas of heaviest falls.''
Hazard warning issued for Maroochy River and Coolum Creek
THE council has issued a warning to residents and visitors to avoid using the Maroochy River and Coolum Creek due to hazardous conditions.
In recent days the high tides have damaged and dislodged some of the wooden structures installed in the Maroochy River, to reinstate fish habitat and encourage natural ecological processes.
As well as the usual debris associated with flooding and high tides, it is possible that some of the logs may be floating free in the river posing a potential risk to users.
Local Disaster Co-ordinator, Alan Rogers has advised residents and visitors to avoid all river activity - including swimming, boating and waterskiing - until further notice.
"Council officers have undertaken several passes of the river, up and down stream from the site, to locate and secure any loose logs," Mr Rogers said.
"We are endeavouring to make safe the structures and Maritime Services Queensland is aware of the matter.
Also, as a matter of priority, we are arranging for specialists to inspect the structures and provide advice about how best to make them safe in the long term.
Access to the river should be avoided over the next few days. When safer conditions are advised, all users are reminded to proceed cautiously in turbid waters to avoid debris at or near the water's surface, particularly after large rainfall events and very high tides.
9000 homes and businesses lose power
ENERGEX crews have worked through the day to restore power to around 9,000 homes and businesses.
The worst affected areas include Gympie, Brisbane's West, and the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast hinterlands.
With heavy rain expected to continue, ENERGEX is encouraging people to prepare by ensuring they have a torch with fresh batteries ready and keeping a radio handy to monitor storm information.
ENERGEX emergency response crews are on standby and ready to respond to any interruptions caused by severe weather and will restore any power issues as soon as it is safe to do so.
Localised flooding may cause access issues for ENERGEX crews.
If members of the public see any powerlines brought down or damaged they are urged to call the ENERGEX emergency line on 13 19 62 and stay clear.
For power interruption updates people can visit energex.com.au or call 13 62 62.
Update as at 3pm - 24 January 2012:
- LITTLE MOUNTAIN Daintree Blvd - water over road
- LITTLE MOUNTAIN Birrobeen St - drain blocked water over road
- MOFFAT BEACH George St / Grgior St - water over road
- CURRIMUNDI Creekside Blvd (Erang St end) - stormwater lid / water over road
- LITTLE MOUNTAIN Koala St - flooding on each side of the bridge
- AROONA Alexandra St - stormwater drain block
- BELLVISTA O'Reilly Drive - water over road
- LITTLE MOUNTAIN Casuarina St - drain blocked water over road
- WARANA Oceanic Dr - water over road
- AROONA Blue Bell - water over road
- AROONA Saffron Drive - water over road
- WURTULLA Halyard Drive - drains blocked
- WURTULLA Yaltara St (off Pringa) - water over road
- WURTULLA Kuracca St - water over road
- CREEKSIDE Creekside Blvd (Erang St end) - water over road
- CURRIMUNDI Nicklin Way 724 Imaging Centre - water over road
- SHELLY BEACH Beachside Crt/Ocean Crt - drain blocked water over road
- GOLDEN BEACH Westminster Ave - drains blocked, water over road
- CALOUNDRA Oval Ave - drain blocked water over road
- AROONA Conebush Cres - water over road
- CALOUNDRA WEST Moreton Bay Dr & Lance Wood - road open water dispersing
- LITTLE MOUNTAIN Casuarina St - water over road water dispersing
- GOLDEN BEACH Kitchener St - water over road
- MERIDAN PLAINS Parklands Blvd - water over road
- BEERBURRUM Beerburrum / Woodford Rd - water over road, signs in place
- BEERBURRUM Caves Road - road closed, water over road signage to be erected
- BEERBURRUM Evans Road - road closed, water over road signage to be erected
- BEERWAH Roys Road #3 bridge - water over road, signs in place
- BEERWAH Roys Road (numerous locations from Bruce Hway to #4 bridge) - water over road signs in place
- BEERWAH Roys Rd (2klm from Bruce) - water over road signs in place
- GLASSHOUSE MOUNTAINS Link Road - water over road signs in place
- GLASSHOUSE MOUNTAINS Sargents Road - water over road signs in place
- GLASSHOUSE MOUNTAINS Youngs Road - road closed, signs in place
- GLASSHOUSE MOUNTAINS Old Gympie Rd (between Marshs Rd & Mt Beerwah Rd) - water over road signs in place
- GLASSHOUSE MOUNTAINS Bowan Road - water over road signs in place
- GLASSHOUSE MOUNTAINS Panorama Crt - water over road signs in place
- GLENVIEW De Zen Road - water over road signs in place
- GLENVIEW Laxton Road - water over road signs in place
- GLENVIEW Glenview Road (west of Glenview School) - water over road signs in place
- GLENVIEW Frizzo Road (100mtrs past Glenview Rd) - water over road signs in place
- GLENVIEW Mahwhinney Road - water and debris on road signs in place
- GLENVIEW Victor Parade - water over road signs in place
- LANDSBOROUGH Old Caloundra - water over road
- LANDSBOROUGH Hapgood Road - water over road signs in place
- LANDSBOROUGH Forestry Road - water over road signs in place
- MOOLOOLAH VALLEY Stevens Road - road closed water over road
- MOOLOOLAH VALLEY Ratcliffe Road - water over road signs in place
- BELLS CREEK Pierce Ave - water over road signs in place
- SIPPY DOWNS Abilene Ct - open with caution, water over road
- SIPPY DOWNS Columbia St - road closed between # 21 & 30, water over road, signed
- BUDERIM Crosby Hill Rd - road closed, water over road, signed
- DOONAN Grays Rd - road closed, water over road, signed
- YANDINA CREEK Toolborough Rd - open with caution, water over road, signed
- YANDINA CREEK North Arm-Yandina Creek Rd (north of Toolborough Rd) - road closed, water over road, signed
- BUDERIM Crosby Hill Rd - open with caution, water over road, signed
- MAROOCHYDORE Bradman Ave - open with caution, water over road, signed
- MAROOCHYDORE Ball St - open with caution, water over road, signed
- MAROOCHYDORE Anzac Ave - open with caution, water over road, signed
- MAROOCHYDORE Denna St - open with caution at roundabout into Trader Dukes - water over road, signed
- BUDERIM Stringybark Rd - open with caution cnr Ballinger Rd - water over road, signed
- MAROOCHYDORE Sugar Rd - landslip near Ford Dealership, open with caution, water over road
- MAROOCHYDORE Aerodrome Rd - open with caution, water over road
- SIPPY DOWNS Claymore Rd - open with caution, water over road, signed
- BUDERIM Glenmount Rd - road closed, water over road, signed
- SIPPY DOWNS Albany St - bridge under water (yet to be confirmed)
- YANDINA Vee Rd - road closed, water over road, signed
- YANDINA Colemans Rd - road closed, water over road, signed
- EUDLO Slaughter Yard Rd - water over road, proceed with caution, signed
- NAMBOUR Ann St carpark - water across road near overpass, near the old Coles Supermarket
- POMONA Subway Ave - water over road under railway line, road closed signage in place
- COOTHARABA Kinmond Creek Rd - water over road b/n Galloways Lane and Dr Pages Rd, signage in place
- COOTHARABA Dr Pages Rd - water over road 300m in from Kinmond Creek Rd stretching approx 800m, signage in place
- NOOSAVILLE Hilton Tce - signage removed road clear
- NOOSAVILLE Gympie Tce - signage removed road clear
- NOOSAVILLE Weyba Rd - signage removed road clear
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