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RAIN | Over 300 Calls To SES And Nursing Home Evacuated

UPDATE | Swiftwater Rescue crews remain in Connondale on Thursday morning, after someone reported seeing a car stuck in floodwaters earlier.  

Emergency Management Services Units were called to a potential swiftwater rescue at Herron and Maleny-Kenilworth Road at Conondale. 

They arrived at the scene and located the vehicle stuck in floodwaters but no driver.

The vehicle was completely empty so they are searching the area right now.  

Heavy rainfall overnight has cut power to hundreds of Sunshine Coast homes and businesses.  

156 are still in the dark in Mount Coolum, where there has been plenty of flash flooding and a nursing home and unit block were evacuated overnight.

There are 32 power outages in Beerwah.  

Energex crews are on the ground sorting out the issues.  

EARLIER | There have been 324 calls for help made to the Sunshine Coast State Emergency Service overnight, with the rain continuing to fall in parts on Thursday.

Around 50 people had to be evacuated, some of those from a Nursing Home at Mt Coolum where there was flash flooding. 

Fire & Rescue Service crews responded to a unit complex in Mount Coolum where flood water had inundated the basement of a unit complex.

The building was evacuated as a precaution due to concerns over the structural integrity of the foundations.

A number of people were relocated to alternative accommodation, whilst some residence have chosen to remain in place.

Fire & Rescue Service crews and emergency services responded to an aged care facility in Mount Coolum, after multiple buildings were inundated with water overnight.

The complex was evacuated and alternative accommodation arrangements had to be made for approximately 30 residents.

There were several swiftwater rescues carried out also.  Emergency Management Services Units are responding to a swiftwater rescue at Herron and Maleny-Kenilworth Road at Conondale.  This incident is ongoing.  

QFES crews responded to 19 swift water rescues across Queensland in the 24 hours to 4:00AM Thursday. About a dozen of these were in the Sunshine Coast area overnight (cars in floodwater with the majority of people already out of the vehicles).

SES crews responded to more than 324 requests for assistance, mainly in the Sunshine Coast LGA, for leaking roofs and sandbagging requests.

There was a car in flood water at Mooloolah Valley.  Emergency crews were called to Glenview and Tolston Roads at 10.54PM on Wednesday.  

The motorist was treated for minor injuries however did not require hospitalisation.

In terms of the amount of rainfall we have seen on the Sunshine Coast, Shane Kennedy from the Bureau of Meteorology said 232mm of rain landed at the Sunshine Coast Airport, more than 200mm was also recorded at Coolum and Nambour over a two hour period.

He explained that the thunderstorms we are seeing are slow moving, generating intense rainfall and sparking flash flooding.

The risk of heavy falls should decrease during the day on Thursday. There is a risk we could see more heavy falls over the next couple of days though. An upper trough over southeastern Queensland is causing those heavy falls.

A Flood Watch remains in place from Bundaberg to the New South Wales Border and there is a Minor Flood Warning for the Mary River in the Gympie region due to heavy rain overnight. Mr Kennedy said water levels are still rising there.

A Hazardous Surf Warning has been issued for waters off Fraser Island due to the presence of Cyclone Uesi, which is a Category Two system.

Mr Kennedy said we may see some beaches closed as Cyclone Uesi moves closer, causing some beach erosion.

Further north between Townsville and Cairns, residents there are being warned to brace for heatwave conditions.

Mr Kennedy said maximum temperatures will be around five to eight degrees above average there for coastal communities and minimums will be three to four degrees above average. That means there will be little reprieve for residents seeking relief from the heat.

Roads affected by flash flooding on the Sunshine Coast include:

*Sunshine Motorway, Mooloolaba. Flash flooding - Lane or lanes reduced, right hand lane before Nicklin Way Southbound towards Kawana.

*Crosby Hill Road, Tanawha. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic, All directions.

*Station Street / Hill Street, Pomona. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic, All directions.

*Forest Acres Drive / Old Tewantin Road, Lake MacDonald. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic, All directions.

*Treeby Road, Wilsons Pocket. Flooding - Road closed to all traffic, Both directions.

By Michelle Brewer