Torrential rain and flash flooding isn’t just causing issues in New South Wales, Queenslanders are also facing alerts due to severe weather.
Parts of Queensland struggled with flash flooding over the weekend as heavy rain continued to lash the state – with more to come.
All of the Gold Coast’s theme parks — Wet’n’Wild, Dreamworld, White Water World and Movie World — were forced to shut today due to flash flooding.
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All of the Gold Coast’s beaches will also stay shut for today as wild weather creates dangerous surf conditions.
Things aren’t much better in Brisbane with the Queensland capital receiving more than 100mm in 24 hours.
Mount Tamborine recorded more than 250mm. Footage on social media showed the impact of the rain; a tiny creek transformed into a torrent of water.
Queensland SES Director Brian Cox said Brisbane and the Gold Coast had been the worst hit.
“The emergency warning went out last night to most of the residents in the Gold Coast area, we received over 300 calls for assistance since,” he said.
“There’s also been swift water rescues conducted. We’re also warning our residents that the rain has not stopped, we still have another couple of days to go through.
“What we are prepared for is more rain on its way … there’s quite a few smaller rivers, as well as water across roads. If it’s flooded, forget it.”
Despite Queensland expecting 200mm in some parts of the state over the coming days, Mr Cox said NSW was still worse off.
“I don’t think (we’ll get) as much as New South Wales,” he said.
“In actual fact, to support this at once we sent a team of 60 down to New South Wales yesterday.
“We’ve also got another 40 person team ready to deploy to New South Wales to help them out.
“What we are concerned about here in Queensland, is that flash flooding. That’s the highest risk will have.
“The water is saturated from the ground. And we know that there is a significant risk of this very short notice rainfall is ahead of us.”
The Bureau of Meteorology said despite it cancelling a severe weather warning earlier this morning the risk was not completely gone.
A severe thunderstorm warning is in place for a storm east of St George, in Queensland’s Darling Downs region. Heavy rainfall is possible.
Queensland Emergency Services Minister Mark Ryan called on people to avoid driving for the next few days.
“No destination warrants taking an unnecessary risk that leads to tragedy,” he told The Gold Coast Bulletin.
“If you can, avoid driving until the weather clears up, and if you get caught in a quick moving storm or rain event, drive to conditions and pull over if you think it’s unsafe.
“Too often, we see impatient drivers head into flood waters and stall the car, putting rescuers’ lives at risk as well as their own. Don’t be that person.”
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting the rain will stick around until Wednesday however conditions are expected to ease from tomorrow.
The NSW Mid-North Coast, the Hawkesbury valley and western NSW are the areas of most concern today as the state’s wild weather continues.
Thousands were forced to leave their homes overnight as waters rose as a “dangerous” weather situation is predicted to continue into the week with two weather systems braced to “collide” tonight as the severe weather continues to impact the state.