Australia – Floods in Southern Queensland as Rivers Rise

The heavy rain continues to fall in South East Australia, with flooding affecting parts of southern Queensland over the last few days. This follows severe flooding in parts of New South Wales after days of heavy rain from 07 February.

Jandowae floods, Queensland 12 February, 2020. Photo: QLD FSES

Several parts of Queensland’s Sunshine and Gold Coast areas recorded more than 170mm of rain in 24 hours to 13 February. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Marcoola recorded 231.8mm of rain during this period, Nambour 200.8mm and Southport 177mm.

Queensland’s State Emergency Service (SES) said it carried out 19 swift water rescues and responded to over 300 calls for assistance.

Warnings were issued for communities near the Coomera River at Oxenford, where river levels jumped to 3.02 metres (major flood stage is 2.5 metres).

Queensland Police reported that the body of a person was found in Conondale. The victim is thought to have been swept away by flood water. Police are also appealing for urgent public assistance to locate a woman reported missing near Gorge Falls in the Tallebudgera Valley, an area where a number of creeks have been impacted by recent rain.

On 11 February severe flooding affected parts of Queensland’s Western Downs Region, with warnings issued for for Dalby where the Myall Creek broke its banks, and for Jandowae and Warra, where the Jandowae Creek overflowed.

Jandowae floods, Queensland 12 February, 2020. Photo: QLD FSES

Cyclone Uesi and Heatwave in the North

BoM said that Ex-tropical cyclone Uesi continues to move south-southwest and is expected to cause destructive winds at Lord Howe Island.

Uesi is already creating dangerous surf on Queensland’s south-east coast. Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) said on 13 February that “lifeguards across the south-east Queensland have been kept busy today due to the dangerous conditions caused by Cyclone Uesi.” Over 50 surfers required assistance on 13 February.

Meanwhile North Queensland is experiencing severe to extreme heatwave conditions that are expected to stretch into the weekend.

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