Major flooding swamps Coast overnight
  • Sunday 26 February 2012

Don’t drive if you don’t have to and if it’s flooded, forget it.

That’s still the message from Sunshine Coast Council to local residents as assessments are undertaken this morning.

Local Disaster Coordinator Andrew Ryan said a significant number of roads have been damaged due to the heavy rainfall last night with more than 333ml across the region, with the majority in the northern area of the Coast.

"The SES crews worked into the night, responding to 127 requests for assistance including at least 34 properties affected by flooding or water through the roof," Mr Ryan said.

"The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service responded to 35 swift water incidents.

"Flash flooding required closure of many roads with 43 closure points remaining and 51 roads still requiring caution.

"Sunshine Coast Council’s website is being updated every 20 minutes so if you must travel today, please check first.

"There are a considerable number of potholes for drivers to navigate so please drive to conditions and use extra caution.

"Council staff and members of QFRS are also out assessing damage to private property this morning."

Sunshine Coast Airport is open and operating as normal. Passengers are encouraged to check flight arrivals and departures on the airport's website

"With high tide of 1.6m expected at 10am, we are not expecting any major issues – particularly in the Noosa area – however I would still like to remind everyone to avoid driving through flooded roads," Mr Ryan said.

"It is not over yet and with swollen rivers and creeks, it is important to keep the kids out of creeks and waterways."

Council’s evacuation centres are on standby but are not expected to be activated.

Listen to local radio for regular updates about conditions and log on to the Bureau of Meteorology website for weather warnings.

"If anyone requires emergency assistance, please call Queensland State Emergency Service (SES) is 132 500."

Council’s website and Facebook site is being updated regularly with information about road closures. You can also follow council on Twitter at @CouncilSCC for updates.