The tragic loss of a man in floodwaters overnight was on a Yandina Creek man's mind as he drove a closed road on this morning.
He stopped for a quick chat after traversing a flooded section of North Arm- Yandina Creek Rd.
The man said he had lived on a nearby property for 30 years and was confident he knew the depth of the crossing.
He said he was aware of the death of a man at Gympie after his vehicle was swept away.
The man declined to be interviewed further.
It has been confirmed the man who died in a tragic flash flooding incident at Mary's Creek overnight was a resident of Mary's Creek.
The 67-year-old man went missing about 7pm last night when his SUV was swept off a flooded causeway on a private property at Mary's Creek.
An extensive search by emergency workers failed to locate the vehicle after the alarm was raised by his distraught wife, but it was found when the search resumed at 6am today.
THE hammering the Sunshine Coast has received from heavy rain over the past four days will ease today but the Bureau of Meteorology has warned "miserable showery conditions" would persist for the rest of the week.
Noosa's Local Area Disaster Management Control centre remains on lean forward alert status and would do so until the Bureau of Meteorology severe weather warning is dropped.
However acting controller Ian Florence said creeks were dropping, the heavy rain had stopped and the council's hyrdologist was "really comfortable" with the situation as it now stands.
BOm forecaster Harry Clark said the system that had stalked the Sunshine Coast since the weekend had moved north towards Bundaberg.
While falls of the order that saw Eumundi receive 197mm since 9am Monday and a further 100mm on Sunday were no long likely, he said the region still had a fairly wet period of miserable showery conditions ahead.
A strong wind warning would remain for today and Wednesday for coastal waters with gusts to 30 knots expected.
Elevated areas around Maleny and Mapleton would also be quite gusty.
Mr Clark said strong winds over water had elevated tides at Golden Beach to 20cm above normal however lower high tides at this time of the year meant that would not cause issues.
The BOM is still expecting to 40-70mm to fall through today with east south easterly winds on the coast of 25-35 kmh.
Wednesday also has forecast falls of between 40-45mm with a 95% chance of rain and south easterlies at 25-35 kmh turning easterly at 20-30 kmh through the day.
Thursday was expected to see rainfall ease considerably with no more than a couple of millimetres expected on a day when easterly winds at 15-25 kmh would increase to 35 kmh before swinging south east at 15-20 kmh.
Only a millimetre of rain at most is expected for Friday with winds from the east at 15-25 kmh finally expected to ease later in the day.
A number of roads across the Sunshine Coast are under water and a school has been closed due to flooding.
Authorities have just alerted parents that Noosa District State High School's two campuses at Cooroy and Pomona are closed due to localised flooding.
"Both campuses will be closed today due to localised flooding," an alert read.
"There will be a very small number of staff on site should there be no other options for students that have already made their way to school at this stage."
The road closures include:
- Eumundi Noosa Rd
- Subway Avenue, Pomona
- Gympie Kin Kin Rd, Kin Kin
- Murrays Rd, Kin Kkin
- Mill St, Pomona
- Junction Rd, Cootharaba
- Kinmond Creek Rd, Cootharaba
- Cooroy Noosa Rd, Lake MacDonald
- Louis Bazzo Dr, Pomona
- Tin Can Bay Rd, Victoria Heights
- Mary Valley Rd, Amamoor
Motorists are urged not to try and drive through floodwaters and to find alternate routes.
AUTHORITIES are warning that river systems could rise rapidly today with more heavy, widespread rain expected on the Coast.
Heavy rainfall was expected to occur between Town of 1770 to Noosa Heads, mainly overnight into today with six-hourly rainfall totals of 120-180 mm likely, particularly about the coast.
Following continuous rain through the weekend and Monday the Bureau of Meteorology has warned catchments were now becoming wet with Mary, Noosa and Sunshine Coast Rivers and Creeks likely to rise in response to any forecast rainfall.
A FLOOD warning has been issued for the Sunshine Coast and Noosa, as well as catchments along the coastline stretching as far north as Gladstone.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns that flooding is possible during the next few days.
With heavy rainfall tipped to fall overnight and into tomorrow, dropping falls of between 120mm-180mm in six hours, river levels are tipped to rise above minor flood levels over the next few days.
The Bureau said Sunshine Coast rivers and creeks, Noosa River, Mary River and catchments including Burrum River, Baffle Creek and into Gladstone could all be affected.
An intensifying upper trough over central Queensland is set to shift north and combine with the coastal trough off Fraser Island and into Capricornia, delivering heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms.
RESIDENTS facing inundation as heavy rain hammers the Coast are about to be granted access to sandbags to protect their properties.
Nambour residents will be able to fill their own sandbags, with the Nambour Showgrounds about to opened up for locals.
The Sunshine Coast Council is supplying the sand and the SES will have hessian bags available for residents to fill their own bags, but they'll be limited to 10-20 sandbags each.
Sunshine Coast SES controller Janet Scott urged people not to head to the Nambour SES headquarters, as the road was not coping with the traffic, but instead, to head to the Nambour Showgrounds.
She expected the sand would arrive by 4.30pm.
Ms Scott said the level of jobs was starting to increase for SES crews with people returning home from work and school finding their homes affected by the torrential rain being driven our way by a coastal trough sitting over Fraser Island.
MULTIPLE roads across the Sunshine Coast region have been cut off as heavy rain continues to drench the area.
Mill St (Pomona), Kinmond Creek Rd (Cootharaba) and Mary Valley Rd (Amamoor), Collins Rd (Yandina), Kiamba Rd (Kiamba), Vee Rd (Yandina), Petrie Park Rd (Nambour) and Wappa Dam Rd (Kiamba) have all been cut off in places.
Meanwhile the Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Severe Weather Warning for the region's north, with areas around Noosa Heads and into Wide Bay to be affected by damaging winds and heavy rainfall.
The Bureau warns six-hourly rain falls of 120mm-180mm are expected and wind gusts of up to 90kmh are set to batter Fraser Island.
Massive swells are also battering the region's beaches, with reports of 5-6ft of easterly swell and heavy onshore winds making all but the most protected of the Coast's surf spots a no-go.
Energex reports 40 homes in the region are currently without power, with 9 homes in Montville and 31 in Mooloolah Valley all powerless.
The radar shows rain bands continuing to sweep across the region, pushed south-west by the prevailing winds out of the coastal trough which is sitting over Fraser Island.
Bureau forecaster Harry Clark said the substantial rain was set to continue for at least another 24 hours.
Almost 60mm has fallen in places to the north of the Coast in just three hours today, with Doonan recording 45mm in an hour to midday today, while Yandina Creek and Diddillibah are still recording decent falls.
The downpour prompted one woman in Yandina to take to social media and offer her property for others looking to evacuate horses in the event of flooding.
ROAD CLOSURES AND HAZARDS:
- 147-169 Collins Road, Yandina
- 2 Kiamba Road, Kiamba
- 23A Vee Road, Yandina
- 31 Petrie Park Road, Nambour
- 41-77 Colemans Road, Yandina
- Wappa Dam Road, Kiamba
- Flooding - Flash flooding MILL STREET, Pomona
- Flooding - Flash flooding Subway Avenue, Pomona
- Flooding - Long-term flooding KINMOND CREEK ROAD, Cootharaba
- Hazard - Bridge or culvert damaged KINMOND CREEK ROAD, Cootharaba
- Hazard - Debris on road Louis Bazzo Drive, Cootharaba
- Flooding - Flash flooding Mary Valley Road (Gympie Brooloo Road), Amamoor
- 163 Cedar Creek Road, Belli Park
- 191-209 Boyle Road, Belli Park
- Flooding- Flash Flooding Eumundi Noosa Rd, Doonan
AN INTENSE band of cloud is crawling over the Coast, dumping enough rain on the region to transform mountains into waterfalls.
Slow moving depressions headed south-west are being driven by a coastal trough which has drenched the Coast over the past three days.
With plenty of rain falling upriver, there could be localised flooding in Nambour and Maroochydore this evening, when the high tide arrives.
Swan Boat Hire's Mark Planck said the tide would be about 2m high, as it headed towards a new moon later this week.
With heavy falls recorded in the likes of Bli Bli and Diddillibah already, he said if the rain continued throughout the day we could experience localised flooding in parts along the Maroochy River, when the high tide peaked at about 7pm.
He was hoping serious flooding would be avoided, thanks in large to the extended dry spell prior to this weekend's rain, but some low-lying areas along the river, including the Cod Hole, would probably experience some flooding.
Sunshine Coast SES controller Janet Scott said they'd been steadily attending to call outs all day, and sandbags had been prepared at SES groups around the region for anyone wanting to prepare in the event of flooding.
She expected parts of Nambour and Maroochydore to become flooded with this evening's high tide.
She advised people to call 132 500 if they require sandbags.
Meanwhile the Sunshine Coast Council's Acting Local Disaster Coordinator Bill Haddrill said the Local Disaster Management Group was "closely monitoring the ongoing weather situation" and was being guided by the Bureau of Meteorology, as well as regular communication with the State Disaster Coordination Centre.
"There are no current or foreseeable requirements for LDMG to activate over the next 24 to 48 hours based on current weather forecasts," Mr Haddrill said.
Meanwhile the deluge has transformed one iconic Coast landmark into a waterfall, with rainwater cascading down the side of Mount Coolum.
SUNSHINE Coast SES controller Janet Scott has advised residents to start preparing now for flooding, fearing if the rain continues as is for just a few more hours there will be homes inundated across the region.
She said they were short on volunteers this morning, being a Monday morning, and warned people not to expect a rapid response from the SES, given the lack of manpower, if they left it late enough to require emergency assistance.
Ms Scott said they were attending a number of jobs this morning in Nambour for leaking roofs, and some sandbag filling was being done, but urged locals to head to hardware stores and other places to fill bags and prepare themselves.
"If this keeps up then yes, we will require quite a few (sandbags)," Ms Scott said.
"If it keeps going the way it is in Caloundra for a few hours there'll be a lot of people getting water into their houses."
She was speaking from Nambour, where she said it was "coming down" hard.
Ms Scott said areas like Eudlo, Nambour, Caloundra and Maroochydore were most renowned for flooding and expected that to be where flooding would occur if the rain continues to tumble down.
The Bureau of Meteorology is expecting more rain across the Sunshine Coast today, with falls to 100mm and more in some places.
Lake Macdonald Dam (119mm), Tinbeerwah (118mm) and Cooroy (105mm) were among the places most drenched over the past 24 hours.
Most coastal areas were receiving between 25mm-50mm on Sunday, with Noosa and further north copping 50mm-100mm.
Bureau forecaster David Grant said as long as the easterly winds prevailed there was a chance of more rain, after a trough over the souther coast in remaining in place, bringing heavy rain until at least Tuesday.
A strong wind warning is still in place for today and tomorrow, with wind gusts up to 40kmh predicted.
Residents downstream of the region's dams have also been advised to be aware of the hazardous outflows from dams overflowing or close to spilling over.
An Seqwater spokesman said Wappa Dam had reached more than 105% capacity yesterday, while Ewen Maddock Dam was at over 93% full now and expected to hit 99% capacity by tomorrow.
"Be aware of running waters downstream," he advised.
A Sunshine Coast Airport spokesman said there were some delays at present but they were "not significant", only about 20-30 minutes on select flights.
TransLink was not reporting any service outages for Sunshine Coast train lines at this stage.
COAST storm chasers have warned of a possible 'worst case scenario' super storm which could dump up to 500mm within 24 hours on the Sunshine Coast and surrounding regions.
Higgins Storm Chasing released the forecast yesterday afternoon, ahead of what could be another wild, wet day in the region today.
"A very dangerous thunderstorm with extremely heavy rainfall up to 500mm has the 'potential' to develop between about Bundaberg and Brisbane on Monday," the forecast reads.
"That also includes Hervey Bay, Fraser Island, Gympie the Sunshine Coast and adjacent inland areas also at risk.
"This type of storm could cause SEVERE flash flooding and place many lives at risk.
"The current weather pattern along the South East Coast is producing 'favourable' conditions for this type of storm to develop.
"Similar has happened in recent times to locations such as the Northern Gold Coast Hinterland, Caboolture, Sunshine Coast, Bundaberg and Rainbow Beach causing severe flooding."
The warning, shared more than 7500 times on social media, comes as a coastal trough which has dumped hundreds of millimetres of rain on the region over the past 48 hours was expected to intensify, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting widespread falls of up to 120mm, with thunderstorm activity to increase those falls in isolated areas.
Bureau forecaster David Grant said the coastal trough would continue to push "waves" of cloud across the region, with coastal and hinterland areas to again cop plenty of rain.
Mr Grant expected rainfall to intensify overnight and today.
Officially, the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting up to 150mm of rain on Monday and Tuesday for Maroochydore.
He said the forecast beyond Monday-Tuesday was too uncertain to make with any confidence at this stage.
A strong wind warning is in place for Sunshine Coast waters today and tomorrow and temperatures are sitting at or below monthly averages at present.
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