An underground carpark was completely flooded overnight at Coolum Beach. Izabelle Hamlyn, 9, Thomas Hamlyn, 11, Liv Froggatt, 14, and Kim Martin. Photo: Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily.
An underground carpark was completely flooded overnight at Coolum Beach. Izabelle Hamlyn, 9, Thomas Hamlyn, 11, Liv Froggatt, 14, and Kim Martin. Photo: Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily.

The depths below: Mass damage as carpark floods

INSTEAD of using their Coolum unit block's carpark, residents have this morning been flicking a fishing line into the completely flooded basement.

"Frightened" residents at the Nirvana apartment block on Tanah St East were woken about 12.30am to frantic knocks on their door telling them to move their cars as fast-flowing floodwaters rose through the building's underground carpark.

Harley Thompson throws a line into the underground carpark. Photo: Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily.
Harley Thompson throws a line into the underground carpark. Photo: Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily.

Kim Martin said she ran downstairs into "knee-deep" waters to save her car as waters from the pool and road rushed into the basement.

"It was coming up and we thought 'Gee, how far is it going to come up'," Ms Martin said.

"We all got a bit frightened.

"It was a shock, I'm still in shock."

The building was evacuated as a precaution, as was the Estia Health nursing home nearby.

Ms Martin said she and other residents had had no sleep since they were evacuated, and now were searching for somewhere to stay while they waited for the water to be pumped out.

She said while most residents were able to save their cars, she knew of two cars that were still in the flooded carpark.

"My car's out. I'm very lucky. And no one's hurt, so that's the main thing," she said.

"There's a lot of things we have to get done now after this, but we're all well-insured hopefully."

Most of the Sunshine Coast was battered with torrential rain last night, causing flooded roads across the region and a mass power outage.

About 230mm of rain was dumped at Sunshine Coast Airport, which forecasters say was the highest recorded in the southeast.

Coolum copped 26mm, while Nambour copped 204mm, Palmwoods 195mm and Doonan Creek 165mm.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said the "huge influx" of rain and high tide had created a range of problems.

"People on the Sunshine Coast are generally aware that there are a lot of low-lying areas and we are right on the beach," Cr Jamieson said.

"I think everyone will be looking for a bit of sunshine so things can dry out.

"We'll certainly be keeping the community informed about forecasts for the future and ensure that they can keep themselves safe."


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