Gold Coast residents count the cost after homes, cars, businesses inundated
Residents on the Gold Coast have spent the morning cleaning up after torrential rainflooded low-lying areas yesterday.
122 millimetres fell in the space of two hours at Oyster Creek, leaving homes, roads and businesses underwater at nearby Currumbin and Tallebudgera.
Two cars owned by Currumbin Waters resident Steve have been written off after flood waters rose around them while he was trying to protect his house.
"The water went three-quarters of the way up the wheel, both cars, and at that point I wasn't going to drive them because it wasn't mechanically safe to do so," he said.
"I made the decision at the time to leave them, they're done, and concentrate on what I could save."
Just down the road, Phyllip Moore spent the morning sweeping water out of his business and another one owned by a woman next door.
"The water just came in and flooded the place," he said.
"It's chaotic, but she's on her own so I thought I'd just give her a hand."
Power is still cut to a number of properties and numerous abandoned cars still litter the streets.
After a week of torrential rain in the region, the Hinze Dam spillway in the Gold Coast hinterland, began overflowing this morning.
Forecasters say conditions are set to ease across south-east Queensland, with occasional showers forecast over the coming days.
The Bureau of Meteorology has cancelled all of its severe weather warnings for the region.
Beaches are reopening on a case by case basis.