The Bureau of Meteorology said almost 130mm of rain fell at Kawana in just an hour. "Those sort of rainfalls, when it occurs in one hour, we'd expect that to have a frequency of occurrence of once every 100 years or greater," a bureau spokesman told the ABC. At one point, emergency crews had to evacuate adults and children from a Mooloolaba child care centre after its bottom floor flooded. The deluge hampered SES efforts to respond to 594 requests for assistance. By Friday morning 397 jobs were completed with 197 outstanding. Queensland Fire and Rescue Service performed four swift water rescues from Mooloolaba and completed 110 requests for assistance. Queensland Police Service responded to 81 calls related to flooding, 31 due to traffic hazards and 15 crash-related. Tony Spinks was still scratching his head this morning as he inspected the damage to his IGA X-press store on Alexandra Parade. ``I am 42 and have lived in Alexandra Headland all my life and have never seen a weather event like this,'' Mr Spinks said. ``The water came in from the front and back. It was a metre over the road in front of the shop ... the storm water drains just couldn't cope. It was radical.'' An estimated $8000 worth of stock was ruined and a $10,000 computer system destroyed. The IGA will be closed for at least a few days. Mr Spinks said a number of businesses along the tourist strip were badly affected. Sunshine Coast Council's Local Disaster Coordinator Andrew Ryan said the rain had a significant impact from Coolum to Caloundra. ``The highest rainfall totals over 12 hours were recorded at Parrearra Weir with 384mm, Bundilla with 359mm and Sugarbag Road with 325mm, and created havoc in many areas as flash flooding hit commuters, houses and businesses alike,'' Mr Ryan said.
WATCH: Scenes from the Sunshine Coast.``Flash flooding on the Nicklin Way ground traffic to a halt and rising water threatened vehicles, with some people trapped for up to four hours. ``Many vehicles were abandoned on roads across the affected areas and as weather conditions eased and flood waters receded last night, police were making arrangements for those vehicles to be moved clear of the roadways. ``A number of vehicles were left along the median strip of the Nicklin Way as people sought refuge from flood waters.'' Major roads have reopened, 32 roads remain closed and 112 are open with caution. Council staff and members of Queensland Fire and Rescue are helping assess the extent of damage to infrastructure and private property, and determining where people need help to dispose of damaged goods or other personal assistance. Only two schools in the North Coast Region - Goodwood State School and Alloway State School - were closed today. Mountain Creek Outside Hours School Care (OHSC) service is also closed this morning. All other schools on the Sunshine Coast and in the Wide Bay-Burnett are open. About 400 millimetres of rain fell across the coast in about six hours on Thursday evening, causing flash flooding and sparking swift water rescues. Motorists were forced to abandon their cars as flooding hit major roads, and water went through about 200 homes at Mooloolaba. Sunshine Coast businesses have also been flooded. The heaviest downpours were between Maroochydore and Caloundra. On Thursday, terrified motorists climbed on top of their cars, roads turned to rivers and hundreds of homes and businesses were swamped on the Sunshine Coast overnight. Emergency Services, council disaster management teams and SES volunteers were stretched to the limit as torrential rain and flash flooding wreaked havoc. Long-time locals said they had never seen a deluge like the one that dropped up to 385mm of rain in less than 24 hours. - Courier Mail.