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Hundreds stranded as flash flooding causes havoc in Queensland on New Year’s Day

Over a dozen people have been rescued in the Gold Coast hinterland, and over 100 campers remain trapped as flash flooding causes havoc in Queensland’s south-east on New Year’s Day.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency (QFES) spokesperson told 150 people have been stranded at a campsite at Natural Bridge, about 45 minutes from the Gold Coast, due to floodwaters.

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“Crews have made contact with the stranded campers, and they have all moved to higher ground,” QFES said.

“We have a plan in place if they need to be rescued, but floodwaters are slowly going down.”

Meanwhile, 14 people were rescued by boat on Monday morning in Numinbah Valley, after reportedly becoming trapped in floodwaters.

Multiple rescue crews were sent out to a location on Nerang-Murwillumbah road about 5.30am on Monday after reports of multiple trapped vehicles.

Flooding on Maudsland Road. Credit: Energex

Water rescue teams saved 14 people and a dog from the floodwaters, with no reported injuries.

Rescue crews were also called to Mudgeeraba just before 6am, where they rescued two people from a car stuck in floodwaters on Mudgeeraba Road.

Crews rescue people from a home in Cedar Creek. Credit: QAS

Calls for help were also made from Cedar Creek and Wongawallan after reports of homes flooding.

“One person has been rescued from a home in Wongawallan, with teams currently in the process of gaining access to two more people at the home,” QFES said.

Rescue operations are still under way at a home in Cedar Creek.

An emergency watch and act alert has been issued for the Scenic Rim after the council advised heavy rainfall and flash flooding is continuing across the region.

“Multiple roads are impacted by flooding and road closures are in place. Avoid non-essential travel.” Scenic Rim Regional Council said.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued further flood warnings for the Nerang and Coomera Rivers, as the risk of severe thunderstorms, heavy rain and flash flooding in the state’s south-east continues.

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