Queensland Grapples with Severe Flooding and Landslides early 2024

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Queensland, Australia, is currently facing a severe weather crisis with widespread flooding causing significant disruptions across the southeastern parts of the state as of January 2, 2024. This latest round of heavy rainfall has further escalated the situation in regions that were already struggling with the aftermath of storms during the Christmas holidays.

The situation in Queensland is dire, with intense rainfall leading to flash flooding and rapidly rising river levels. Queensland Emergency Services Deputy Commissioner Kevin Walsh highlighted the rapid rise in river and creek levels, which has caught many people off guard. The Gold Coast has been particularly hard hit, receiving massive rainfall, including 571mm at Currumbin Creek and over 375mm at Pimpama. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued flood warnings for several rivers, including the Nerang, Pimpama, and Coomera rivers, and moderate flood warnings for the Dawson, Logan, Mooloolah, and Albert rivers.

The heavy rains have resulted in landslides, road washouts, and substantial disruptions to power and transportation. As a result, emergency services have been conducting swift water rescues and have opened evacuation centres in Nerang, Coomera, and on Tamborine Mountain to assist those affected by the floods. Around 11,000 properties are still without power, and efforts to restore power have been hindered by the adverse weather conditions. All Gold Coast beaches have been closed due to hazardous surf conditions.

In addition to the immediate impact on residents and infrastructure, the floods pose ongoing risks of further landslides and urban flooding, particularly in areas with overwhelmed drainage systems. Emergency services have urged people to avoid unnecessary travel and to stay informed about the evolving situation.

The severe weather in Queensland is a reminder of the increasing challenges posed by climate change, which has amplified weather extremes in recent years. This includes the El Nino phenomenon, known for provoking wildfires, cyclones, and prolonged drought, affecting Australia during its summer months.

Residents in affected areas, particularly in low-lying communities near rivers, streams, and creeks, are advised to stay vigilant and follow the instructions of local authorities. The Bureau of Meteorology and emergency services are continually updating warnings and advice as the situation develops.

For the latest updates on the flooding situation in Queensland, residents are encouraged to monitor local news sources and the Bureau of Meteorology’s website.