Man Found Dead In Floodwater As QLD Disaster Zone Declared
The flooding emergency continues to ravage the east coast, with the body of a missing elderly man found as parts of QLD are declared a disaster zone.
A dead body was found in the swollen Mary River on the Sunshine Coast on Thursday afternoon. Police believe it to be the body of a 75-year-old man, who had gone missing on Saturday while kayaking.
10 News First understands journalists covering the flooding emergency witnessed the body float by in the river.
Another 26-year-old woman remains missing, after disappearing while hiking at Tallebudgera Valley in the Gold Coast hinterland.
Torrential rain has prompted flood warnings across Queensland after a week of downpours, with more storms forecast on Thursday. The Tweed Shire has been declared a disaster zone, due to rain and surging flood waters.
Rivers across the state are full and overflowing, with the Coomera River recording flooding about 2.5 metres higher than the previous record.
The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted further possible flash flooding, with more heavy rain on the radar.
Some 230mm of rain fell at the Brisbane Airport in the 24 hours to 9am on Thursday. Queensland also faces ex-Tropical Cyclone Uesi tracking south offshore, with predictions of large waves up to five metres in height.
Nearly 20 swift water rescues have been carried out across the state, with most on the Sunshine Coast.
About 2000 Energex customers went without power on Wednesday night, while about 150 were without power by midday on Thursday. More than a dozen QLD schools have been closed due to floodwaters.
More to come.