Rest up and prepare ... more 'significant weather' on way
REST and prepare is the message to residents as another storm front heads towards the Sunshine Coast.
More than 350mm fell on the region in the 24 hours to 5pm yesterday, with the hinterland recording the highest rainfall in the state - 108mm in one day.
The downpour filled river and creek systems to capacity, spilling on to roadways and causing chaos.
The showers are expected to continue throughout the week before increasing on Friday as another storm front crosses the region.
Sunshine Coast Council Local Disaster Management co-ordinator Alan Rogers described the forecast as "another significant weather event".
"We are expecting heavy falls and gusty wind conditions," Mr Rogers said.
"What it says to us is to get some rest and get ready and prepared for what is to come in the next few days."
State Emergency Services answered more than 70 calls for help from Monday to yesterday, mostly dealing with leaking roofs, structural damage and flooding.
Emergency crews also ensured road and bridge closures were enforced.
The council opened emergency evacuation centres at the Nambour Showgrounds and the Nambour Civic Centre as the Bruce Hwy was closed at Kybong due to floodwaters.
The road was expected to remain closed today.
Flood warnings were in place for the Mary, Noosa, Maroochydore and Mooloolah rivers, with 77 roads closed across the region.
Emergency Management Queensland Sunshine Coast area director Andrew Wyatt said the weather was causing concern for residents at Pomona, Kin Kin and Kenilworth.
"There is no one area that has been affected by these conditions," Mr Wyatt said.
"The Sunshine Coast in general has been affected, but some low-lying areas have copped it more than others.
"We need to be vigilant and continue to watch the systems as they come through, as heavy falls are likely.
"We are all sick of the rain at the moment, but we must remember it is the wet season. We deal with what we get dished out.
"And, unfortunately, it is the Sunshine Coast region that has copped the brunt of it."
For flood and storm assistance, contact the SES on 132 500, and for life-threatening emergencies dial 000. For more information on how to prepare, visit disaster.qld.gov.au.