SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE - 8.30am 29 March

Published on 29 March 2022

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The Gold Coast has experienced significant rainfall throughout Monday and overnight with 200-350mm falling around the city since 9am yesterday.

Conditions appear to be easing, however the Bureau of Meteorology’s severe weather warning for heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding, remains in place.

There are currently about 30 roads closed due to flooding today. The City is urging Gold Coasters to drive to the conditions and remember that if it’s flooded, forget it.

Overnight we issued two Emergency Alerts both of which are now cancelled.

City crews are out today assessing damage and beginning any clean up works required.

For flood or storm damage call the SES on 132 500 and in a life-threatening emergency call triple zero.

Stay updated at the City dashboard – dashboard.cityofgoldcoast.com.au


Beaches

All Gold Coast beaches are closed until 12pm today. We will reassess later today and provide updates if anything changes.


City facilities

All Gold Coast sporting fields closed until further notice. 


Sandbagging stations

There were approximately 1,400 sandbags collected yesterday (Monday 28 March).

Sandbagging stations are open today until 6pm.

Located at:
232 Old Pacific Highway, Pimpama (next to City of Gold Coast Coomera Depot)
42-44 Boyd St, Bilinga (use the service road, next to the City of Gold Coast Tugun Depot)
61 Hutchinson St, Burleigh Heads (Reedy Creek Waste and Recycling Centre)

Signage will be in place on site to direct motorists to the sandbagging stations.

PLEASE drive carefully and to the conditions. If it's unsafe to be on the roads, please stay home.

Important: sandbags can reduce the impact of flooding if they’re placed correctly in appropriate locations around property. They are not waterproof and will not stop the water completely.

Sandbagging stations will not be open tomorrow.


Evacuation Assembly Point

If you do need to evacuate try to shelter with friends and family where possible.

A City Evacuation Assembly Point at the Elanora Community Centre on Galleon Way has been open overnight and will remain open until 6pm tonight.


Recovery

This current weather event may be distressing for people impacted by the recent flooding events.

The Recovery Hotline remains activated where people can get information about accessing financial support, community services and also assistance with emotional support 1800 173 349

Alternatively, the Community Recovery Hub at Palm Beach also remains open every day at the 11th Avenue Community Space, 26 Eleventh Avenue, Palm Beach from 9am-5pm providing these services in person.


Swimming in Gold Coast waters

Rainfall can increase bacterial levels in the water and make it unsafe for swimming.

As a precaution, always avoid swimming:

  • for at least one day after heavy rain at open beaches
  • for at least 3 days after heavy rain at rivers, lakes and estuaries
  • in water that looks discoloured, murky, or smells unpleasant
  • near stormwater drains

For the latest information and advice regarding beach closures and water quality issues visit City Alerts.