Gold Coast smashed as the deluge continues

RACQ has warned motorists to stay off the roads and prepare their properties, after an emergency alert was issued for Tallebudgera and Currumbin.

The Courier Mail reported parts of the Gold Coast had been hit by 150 millimetres as dangerous thunderstorms tracked across the region and more heavy rain was predicted this afternoon in already flooded areas.

Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said several roads had been impacted or closed due to flash flooding this afternoon on the southern end of the Gold Coast.

“At the moment this downpour is causing traffic chaos on the Gold Coast,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Flash flooding is impacting Currumbin Creek Road at Currumbin Waters, Tsipura Drive and Old Coach Road in Burleigh Heads and Tallebudgera Connection Road in Tallebudgera.

“Highfield Drive at Robina and several roads in Mudgeeraba are also closed to all traffic.

“Check RACQ Road Conditions before leaving the house, to check if any local roads in your area are impacted.”

Ms Ritchie said it was critical motorists and residents listened to the warnings from emergency services as the situation intensified.

“Please, don’t take any risks. This is a severe, dangerous system that is dumping large amounts of rain in areas that are already flooded,” she said.

“Don’t drive in any areas that are flooded as you don’t know what could be lurking underneath.

“If you’re property could be impacted, Gold Coast City Council has activated its emergency assembly area at the Reedy Creek Waste and Recycling Centre and is also handing out sandbags.

“If you’re in a low-lying area, now is the time to move your vehicle to higher ground.”