Cyclone Marcia: Roads remain closed after heavy rain

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A number of flooded roads across Queensland’s south east remain closed on Monday, following heavy rainfall in the wake of ex-Cyclone Marcia.

The Sunshine Coast and areas north of Brisbane copped the heaviest falls late last week and over the weekend, with Caboolture receiving 576 millimetres.

Toorbul received 541mm.

The falls weren’t quite as high in Brisbane but still managed to blitz the average monthly rainfall average for February in just two days.

Boondall, in the city’s north, received the biggest falls, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, with 281 millimetres.

Brisbane Airport’s rain gauge recorded 260 millimetres, while the CBD received 228 millimetres.

Brisbane’s average February rainfall is 157.9 millimetres.

The Sunshine Coast received some of the region’s biggest rainfall totals over the three days from Thursday.

Hinterland town Maleny received 460 millimetres, Nambour 445 millimetres and Kallangur 431mm.

More than 20 roads throughout the Sunshine Coast Regional Council area remain closed and many more remain affected by floodwater.

The Gold Coast was spared some of the heavier falls, the highest recorded total south of Brisbane being at Coolangatta with 199 millimetres.

Bureau meteorologist Ilona Coote said there would be more rain in the south east this week, though only isolated showers were expected.

“There’s a fairly strong southerly airflow pushing up the coast,” she said.

“Rainfall amounts are not going to be anything like what they have been, but we do have isolated showers and storms possible tomorrow.

“There is likely to be showers for the rest of the week and isolated thunderstorms for the most part. This week we are looking [at] partly cloudy, mostly sunny conditions.”

Current road closures due to flooding in Greater Brisbane:Browns Creek Road, NarangbaChermside Road near Herbert Street, Mango HillKobble Creek Road, Kobble CreekCurtis Road near Cedar Creek Road and Gordons Road Lower and Upper Crossings, Cedar CreekLees Crossing Road and Juffs Road West, DatboroOld Gympie Road near Twin View Road, ElimbahChardon Bridge Road between Beenleigh Road and Plunkett Road, Cedar CreekBeaudesert-Beenleigh Road, WolffdeneGap Creek Road, between Brookfield Road and Dillon Road, Kenmore HillsUpper Brookfield Road, Gold Creek Road, Boscombe Road and Rafting Ground Road, BrookfieldIllaweena Street between Wembley Road and Gowan Road, DrewvaleParadise Road, Larapinta

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