Beach bears brunt of heavy weather impact
The Sunshine Coast has escaped major damage however the impact of the weekend’s deluge is yet to be seen on beaches according to the council’s disaster management team.
Co-ordinator Cathy Buck said despite the heavy rains the region had held up “quite well”.
“We’ve seen over 200mm in some areas over the last three days and some very high winds up to 90km/h,” Ms Buck said.
“The biggest impact we will see is our coastal areas and our beaches.
“At this time we are still conducting assessments of those areas and we’ll know further after the high tide has dropped this afternoon.”
Ms Buck said a “fair bit of sand” had been taken from the region’s beaches.
“There’s a bit of scarping at this stage but we haven’t seen any major damage,” she said.
“It will be a bit of reconstruction work which we will see over the next week.”
Ms Buck urged residents to be vigilant with debris still scattered across the Coast.
“Our council crews have been busy over the last three days clearing roadways and making sure our public areas are cleared of debris,” Ms Buck said.
“Of course there will still be some out there so we ask people to be mindful when they are out.
“There was a small slip on the Obi Obi Rd, near the back of Kenilworth, that’s currently being assessed.
“But we are on the tail end of it, we have seen the worst.”
Ms Buck said the region would experience more rain.
“The system we have been under for the last three days is starting to drop south which was expected,” she said.
“We’ll see another three days of rain around that 5-10mm each day as well as the king tides which will continue but they are certainly starting to drop as well.”
Ms Buck said the wild weather was a good reminder for residents to ensure their properties were ready.
“We are in La Nina, so we were expecting something like this through the storm season,” Ms Buck said.
“It’s all about making sure your homes are ready, you don’t have chairs and things outside that could possibly be thrown around the place.
“Make sure you have a safe place to go to and make sure that your pets and neighbours are looked after.”