Roads flooded under 500mm of rain

As south east Queensland soaked under of 500 millimetres of rain RACQ warned motorists not to drive through several flooded roads across the region.

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said roads have been closed at the Gold Coast due to flooding but more could be impacted throughout the day. 

“Somerset Drive at Mudgeeraba and Hardy Road at Bonogin are underwater and closed to traffic and further north Clagiraba Road at Clagiraba and Birds Road at Maudsland are impacted by flash flooding,” Ms Hunter said. 

“In Brisbane, commuters may be impacted with water over the road at Coronation Drive near Boomerang Street westbound and Mott Street at Strathpine near the train station is closed.

“Towards the Sunshine Coast, Williams Road at Elimbah is closed, and Old Maroochydore Road at Forest Glen and Bradman Avenue at Maroochydore are flooded and causing delays.” 

Ms Hunter implored motorists not to risk driving though floodwaters. 

“Given this weather is expected to intensify today we could to see more roads impacted across the south east so remember, don’t drive through floodwaters - turn around and go back if you come across any,” she said. 

“It’s impossible to tell what the condition of the road is like underneath the water, or the speed at which the water is flowing – it’s just not worth the risk.  

“Today’s the day to avoid driving anywhere if you can but if you have to, put your headlights on, take it steady and check RACQ Road Conditions for the latest information before you set off.”