Checking in on flood victims
4.30PM UPDATE: Emergency workers and volunteers have won high praise for their efforts in saving lives in Friday night's flood disaster on the Sunshine Coast.
But Local Disaster Coordinator Andrew Ryan said drivers were still being urged to remain cautious with many roads still closed and some catchments in the north rising.
"With 43 closure points on our roads and 51 roads still requiring drivers to be cautious, residents are asked to limit their travel - taking to the roads only for essential purposes.
"This kind of weather event causes extreme damage to our road network and field crews are already reporting extensive numbers of potholes on our roads.
"Drivers are asked to slow down, drive to conditions and use extra caution.
"And of course, the key message remains: If it's flooded, forget it."
Pedestrians are also asked to take care and look for trip hazards on pavements which are damaged or lifting.
Mr Ryan said it was important for parents to keep an eye on children, remind them of the dangers and make sure they stay out of drains, creeks and waterways.
"Buderim Falls is closed to the public and we recommend that for all up-to-date information about Unity Water systems residents check the Unity Water website at www.unitywater.com or call 1300 0Unity (1300 086489).
Council staff and members of Queensland Fire and Rescue Service have been out assessing damage to private property today.
"Council staff and Surf Life Saving Queensland volunteers will be contacting residents who called for SES or QFRS assistance, so that we can co-ordinate the help provided by appropriate agencies.
"When we call, residents can help our operators by providing precise details that clearly identify the exact situation or issue being dealt with.
"The more accurate and specific information obtained, the better we are able to activate responses."
Mr Ryan also encouraged residents to make sure they contact their insurance companies to discuss individual circumstances and damage to their property.
He also reminded residents without electricity to ensure that they have good supplies of ice and to be aware of risk to food spoiling if power supply is off for more than four hours.
A closed refrigerator should keep food cold for four hours. Avoid eating any food that should be refrigerated and has been allowed to warm for two hours or more.
Council's website www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au and Facebook site www.facebook.com/SunshineCoastCouncil are being updated regularly with information about road closures. You can also follow council on Twitter at @CouncilSCC for updates.
Night of drama on Sunshine Coast
A WOMAN has been winched from the roof of her house at Boreen Point and many stranded home owners and motorists rescued after one of the biggest deluges the Sunshine Coast has ever seen.
Cooran homes have been cut off by a wall of water after more than 330mm of rain was dumped on the region in a matter of hours.
A train at Pomona has been cut off after the rail line was flooded.
Residents have described terrifying scenes overnight as water continued to rise around them homes.
Numerous businesses have been flooded in Pomona, including the timber yard where timber and corrugated iron has been carried by floodwater into bush across the road.
At Six Mile Creek, Cooroy, the bridge has been destroyed with slabs of bitumen ripped up the rushing water.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service swift water rescue crews have attended to 35 water-related incidents in 24 hours from Caloundra to Gympie including seven swift water rescues in Eumundi, Tewantin, Gympie, Doonan, Noosaville and Cooran.
The State Emergency Service (SES) responded to 178 requests for assistance across the Sunshine Coast (as of 7.30am) including leaky roofs, roof damage and rising floodwater.
The areas most affected include Tewantin (52 requests), and Cooroy, Coolum, Maroochydore and Caloundra (with approximately 12 requests for assistance each).
The Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) rescue chopper also responded to reports of a woman trapped at a property isolated by flood water at Ringtail Creek Road, Boreen Point around 3.30am.
The crew winched the woman from the roof of her house to safety.
Local Disaster Coordinator Andrew Ryan said a significant number of roads have been damaged due to the heavy rainfall last night with more than 333mm across the region.
"Flash flooding required closure of many roads with 43 closure points remaining and 51 roads still requiring caution.
"Sunshine Coast Council's website is being updated every 20 minutes so if you must travel today, please check first.
"There are a considerable number of potholes for drivers to navigate so please drive to conditions and use extra caution.
"Council staff and members of QFRS are also out assessing damage to private property this morning."
Sunshine Coast Airport is open and operating as normal. Passengers are encouraged to check flight arrivals and departures on www.sunshinecoastairport.com.au.
"With high tide of 1.6m expected at 10am, we are not expecting any major issues - particularly in the Noosa area - however I would still like to remind everyone to avoid driving through flooded roads," Mr Ryan said.
"It is not over yet and with swollen rivers and creeks, it is important to keep the kids out of creeks and waterways."
Council's evacuation centres are on standby but are not expected to be activated.