Queensland residents are on edge with the Brisbane River expected to be hit by two potentially catastrophic peaks in the next 24 hours – with seven dead, a young man missing and 15,000 homes already underwater.
The Brisbane River peaked at 3.85m at 8am on Monday morning, the highest level seen since the devastating floods of 2011 – with authorities warning residents of 140 suburbs.
Two more peaks are expected on Monday night and Tuesday morning.
More than 53,000 homes are without power with 1,500 residents seeking shelter in evacuation centres as the rain heads south with warnings of flash flooding for parts of the Gold Coast.
Eight people have died in the state’s floods while at least four people are feared missing.
Surf lifesavers found the bodies of a man in his 50s and his dog in a submerged car in the Currumbin Valley on Monday after they were swept off the road hours earlier.
The vehicle was believed to have been driven 30 to 40 metres into flood waters, police said.
Boats and cbd online kaufen billig other debris have washed up at Milton ferry terminal in Brisbane following heavy rain and widespread floods
Queensland has recorded its heaviest three day rainfall total ever.
Above, a dramatic weather map showing wet weather conditions on Monday
Resident Jillian Handyside inspects the devastation from the front door of her flooded home in Milton in Brisbane’s inner west
Senior Sergeant Rob Finlay described the man’s death as a tragedy.
It’s understood the man had gone to a house in the area to move his car from rising floodwaters when he veered or was swept off Currumbin Creek Rd into the creek.
‘All the roads in this area were inundated at the time,’ he said.
‘It was very early in the morning so people can get disorientated.
Police were made aware (of the man’s disappearance) by a call to Triple 0 this morning.
‘Unfortunately, the deceased had a dog with him in the vehicle which is sad as well.’
Meanwhile, a desperate search for a young father who was feared missing has ended after he was found alive.
Cameron Rogers (pictured) was feared missing after he returned to his flooded Goodna home on Sunday night.
He has since been found alive and well
Cameron Rogers, 32, hasn’t seen been since since returning to his flooded Goodna home west of Brisbane on Sunday night to collect the family pets and move personal belongings to higher ground.
It’s understood he dropped off his fiancee and his child at a friend’s place before returning home.
He later contacted a friend to meet at the Goodna train station but has seen or heard from since.
Mr Rogers’ frantic sister told Nine News the family are beside themselves.
‘She tells me the police and SES have been checking his home.
He’s not there. His car remains at the train station. So far there has been no sign of Cameron this morning,’ reporter Jess Millward said.
Police have since confirmed Mr Rogers has since been found in the Goodna area alive and well.
The M1 and Bruce Highway remain closed due to flooding with a year’s worth of rain drenching Queensland’s south-east in recent days.
Residents in low-lying areas river are preparing to evacuate, including in Brisbane CBD, Newstead, West End, New Farm, Milton, St Lucia, Bulimba, South Brisbane, Toowong and Rocklea.
Another 3600 homes have been flooded in Gympie north of Brisbane in the town’s worst flood in more than 100 years.
More than 1000 schools across the state have been closed and most public transport in Brisbane has been cancelled.
The CBD has been inundated with water with iconic landmarks such as Riverside Ferry Terminal and waterside restaurants flooded.
Anyone near the vicinity of Howard Smith Wharves and Riverside Walkaway is urged to evacuate immediately after a pontoon carrying a crane broke free of its mooring on Monday afternoon.
‘Locals are advised to avoid the area, and unless absolutely necessary, STAY HOME,’ a police alert read.
Brisbane Airport remains open but has warned passengers to expect major delays.
‘We are experiencing major delays with domestic check-in & screening due to staff resource issues,’ the airport tweeted.
‘Please arrive at least 90 minutes prior to your flight.
The situation is changing – wait times may increase. We appreciate your understanding and patience.’
Kayak was the only transport option for these residents to get around in the flooded Brisbane suburb of Rosalie
The entire riverside inner Brisbane suburb of Milton is underwater as residents inspect the devastation via boat
Residents waded through flooded streets carrying sand bags in a desperate bid to save their homes in the Brisbane suburb of Rosalie
Floodwaters have cut off arterial roads in Milton, Brisbane, leaving some residents stranded in their homes
The floods are ‘very different’ to 2011 due to five consecutive days of rain.
‘It has been fast and it has been furious, and it has had a big impact.
That is the facts,’ Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told reporters at a briefing on Monday.
‘No-one has seen this amount of rain in such a short period of time over our entire south-east catchment zone.
‘This was an unpredictable rain bomb across entire southeast Queensland.
‘What we’re seeing is the system pushing south to Logan, the Gold Coast and seeing some tragedies unfolding in NSW,’
‘We’ve been through a lot together.
We’ve been through a pandemic of two years and yet another flood.
While the rain in Brisbane has eased, the flood emergency is far from over with the Brisbane River expected to peak again on Monday night around 8pm.
Another significant peak to 3.7m is expected 9am on Tuesday.
‘That being said, the risk for significant flooding is still very real,’ the Bureau of Meteorology’s Diana Eadie said.
‘There’s still a lot of water around [the Brisbane and Bremer rivers] we could see a secondary peak this evening at around about 8pm.
A man wades through floodwaters reaching up to his shoulders in Milton, Brisbane
A Milton family devastated by the Brisbane floods is a lounge chair missing after it was swept away by floodwaters
Five days of heavy rain has flooded large swathes of Brisbane
Residents in low lying areas such as Milton (pictured) are bracing for more devastation with the Brisbane River expected to peak again on Monday night
This motorist decided to try his luck driving through a flooded road at Ipswich, west of Brisbane
Untethered boats and pontoons caused carnage on the swollen Brisbane River as the 1000mm rain bomb continued to smash south-east Queensland.
Residents in low lying streets returned to their flooded homes via kayak, boats and other water vessels to inspect the damage while others fled to higher ground.
Upper Springbrook near the Gold Coast was the wettest part of state with 530mm in the last 24 hours while Bracken Ridge in Brisbane’s north received 444mm.
Creek Street in Brisbane’s CBD (pictured) was living up to its name on Monday
Much of the Brisbane CBD Online Shop is underwater with most train, bus and ferry services cancelled
Thousands of Brisbane residents were unable to get to work as floodwaters swamped the CBD
A young woman was knee-depth in floodwaters in South Brisbane’s Melbourne Street
Premier Palaszczuk said severity of the weather wasn’t forecast.
‘We didn’t know that was going to happen. This is Mother Nature.
I can’t control Mother Nature, the people this state can’t control Mother Nature, and sometimes they throw stuff at us and we got to deal with it,’ she said.
The rain has headed south with life-threatening flash flooding recorded in the Tallebudgera and Currumbin valleys on the southern Gold Coast on Monday morning.
‘Shelter in place unless it is unsafe to do so.
Access to area is cut and inaccessible in multiple places,’ a QFES alert read.
The Bureau Of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning issued for south-east Queensland with flash flooding in areas such as Coolangatta likely.
QFES has made more than 100 swift-water rescues amid 8000 calls for help in the Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast and cbd produkte legal Gold Coast since 3pm on Sunday.
A 59-year-old man drowned in Brisbane´s north on Sunday afternoon after he became pinned against a fence while trying to cross a flooded creek
The federal government has announced disaster assistance payments for affected residents devastated by the floods while the Defence Force will be deployed to help mammoth clean up.
‘It can include troops themselves engaged directly in the same clean-up effort that so many people from the city of Brisbane will be engaged with as part of the Mud Army,’ Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.
Boats are piled together after they were thrashed around by floodwaters at Milton ferry terminal in Brisbane