The body of a woman has been found in a submerged car and ten people are missing after a torrential downpour hit south-east Queensland and parts of New South Wales, with the wet weather expected to continue into next week.
The body of the 63-year-old was found in the vehicle near Skyring Creek at Belli Park, west of Eumundi on the Sunshine Coast, just after 8am on Wednesday.
“This is indeed a tragedy during this particular time,” premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told parliament.
Emergency services received a report of a submerged car about 4.45am and were at first unable to get to the vehicle due to rising floodwaters.
The woman was the only person in the Honda CRV.
Sunshine Coast police district superintendent Craig Hawkins said another 10 people were unaccounted for in the Noosa Hinterland area.
“We are searching for some people at the moment, particularly again around that Belli Park area,” he said.
“We’re hopeful that it’ll be a good outcome, but certainly we are searching for some people that are outstanding.”
Some 23 rescues were conducted by Swiftwater rescue teams in the Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions following 12 hours of intense rainfall.
The storms were expected to linger in Queensland and NSW throughout the week, causing dangerous flash flooding and record rainfalls.
Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino said the stormy weather pattern hitting large parts of eastern Australia could see several hundred millimetres of rain in the coming days.
The new Powerhouse site in Parramatta was flooded on Tuesday, as Sydney saw the wettest weather since March last year with totals exceeding 100mm.
NSW emergency services minister Steph Cooke said on Wednesday that the SES received 1323 calls in 24 hours with 40 children being evacuated from a childcare centre in Marrickville, in Sydney’s inner west.
She said the majority of requests concerned leaking roofs, flash flooding on roads and debris.
Parts of the northern rivers are expected to see 100mm of rain…