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Multiple vehicles stuck in floodwater as rain continues to fall


Several cars have become stuck in floodwaters overnight.

Multiple vehicles became submerged on Beachmere Road at Caboolture around 7.05pm on Wednesday.

Emergency crews attended the scene, but a QAS spokesperson says no one was injured or required transport to hospital.

Paramedics remained on standby until emergency services cleared the area and closed the road.

Meantime, another car became stranded in floodwaters on Imbil Island Road at Imbil around 8pm.

A woman in her 50s was assessed at the scene but wasn't hurt and declined transport to hospital.

It comes after the heaviest May rain in a decade has been drenching large areas of the state.

More than 120 millimetres has fallen across some parts of the hinterland since yesterday morning, while most of the Sunshine Coast has seen upwards of 200mm, and as much as 300mm, in the past few days.

Meteorologist Helen Reid from the Bureau of Meteorology says pockets of the south east could see another 50 to 100mm today, as the heaviest rain moves offshore.

"A lot of the heavy rainfall looks like it'll be moving out over the Coral Sea and not as concentrated over the land itself, so there will be places that will pick up triple-figures...even little pockets in the south east."

"Then as we head into Friday, we're looking at the south east continuing to be an area where there will be high rainfall figures, but we're expecting to totals to be a little bit more modest than the extreme ones that we've seen recently," says Ms Reid. 

There is currently a moderate flood warning in place for the Mary River at Gympie, and a Hazardous Surf Warning along the coast.

Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson says locals should prepare for possible flooding.

"It's only a couple of months since we were inundated and therefore catchments are still very most, there's not a lot of room in the soul to hold more water, so we're going to see significant overland flows.

"There will be creeks and river systems rising, already overnight [on Wednesday] we've had a number of roads in the hinterland close and people need to be very cautious about their personal safety, people shouldn't be on the roads unless they absolutely have to be," Cr Jamieson says. 

For a full list of current road closures and hazards head to the Queensland Traffic website.

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