Residents across south-east Queensland are watching on with desperation as their homes and businesses are swallowed by rising floodwaters.
The state is in the grips of a major flooding emergency, with at least one man missing and seven other people confirmed dead.
Lismore’s main Highway. Devastating. pic.twitter.com/gvV2dSNTjW
— James Wilson (@WesternWilson9) February 27, 2022
Thousands of schools are closed, homes are underwater and without power and houseboats have been ripped from their moorings.
Desperate search for missing man
The family of Cameron Rogers is appealing for help after he disappeared in Goodna last night.
Mr Rogers parked his car at the railway station and went to meet a friend after helping his fiancée and child leave their flooded Goodna home, but never arrived.
Similar to Cyclone Debbie in 2017
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the weather system causing widespread flooding across south-east Queensland and northern NSW shared similarities to Cyclone Debbie in 2017.
“If everyone can remember, ex-tropical cyclone Debbie went across the coast, around Airlie Beach, came to the south-east, then went into northern NSW and ended up in New Zealand,” she said.
“And what we’re seeing with this system at the moment is pushing further south, down into Logan, the Albert, the Gold Coast, and now we’re seeing some of the tragedies unfolding down in northern NSW.”