Residents warned to avoid ‘unnecessary travel’ as floods hit

Sunshine Coast Council is urging residents to avoid all unnecessary travel as it assesses the impact of significant rainfall and localised flash flooding from heavy rainfall.

Significant rainfall is expected to continue for the next three days and some parts of the Sunshine Coast have received more than 300mm over the last 24 hours.

Beerwah residents reported 150mm yesterday and overnight, while Maleny reportedly received over 200mm.

Residents can expect more rain all week and are being urged not to be complacent if there is no rain, as rivers could still rise very quickly and roads could still be flooded.

Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Group Acting Chair Deputy Mayor Rick Baberowski praised the work of council crews and emergency services who are busy responding to the situation.

“They are working hard for our community, undertaking urgent works, clearing debris and installing road closures,” Cr Baberowski said.

“You can help keep them, yourself and your loved ones safe by staying off the roads when possible and please never drive through flood waters.

“The grounds are saturated so unfortunately we anticipate flooding to get worse. Water depths are deceptive and will get worse.

“If it’s flooded, forget it.

“An evacuation centre has been opened at Nambour Showgrounds and able to accept people and animals.”

Kenilworth is currently isolated due to flood waters while minor flood levels had been exceeded at Palmwoods, Eumundi, Doonan Creek, Mountain Creek and Nambour. Eudlo is also expected to reach minor flood level.  

Moderate Flood Levels are imminent at Currimundi and Lake Kawana.

More information and details on road closures can be found on council’s Disaster Hub website

Picture: Commissioner’s Flat Road, Peachester.