Flash floods trigger cluster of disasters

Roads are closed, phone lines cut and children stranded at school as the Sunshine Coast is hit hardest by flash flooding in Queensland.

A Sunshine Coast council activated its disaster management group – counseling, emergency services and social workers – as heavy rains continued to fall on Friday.

Bulimba Creek overflowed yesterday at Runcorn.

Police have warned motorists not to risk crossing flooded passages, especially between Eumundi and Cooran.

They said there was a meter of water on some roads.

“All the roads around Kin Kin and Pomona are currently inundated, blocking the suburbs,” a police spokeswoman said.

Sunshine Coast Regional Council spokeswoman Claudia Diblasi said floodwaters in the headwaters of the Noosa River and Kin Kin Creek cut off the roads to Kin Kin throughout the day.

“Road closures keep changing. Telephone lines are cut,” she said.

“The children had to spend the night at Kin Kin Primary School because they could not return to their properties.

Nearby, 12 tourists spent Thursday evening in a bus stranded between two swollen streams on the Pomona-Kin Kin road, while 70 children and eight adults were evacuated from Harry’s Hut in Noosa National Park.

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