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Queensland rain forecast shows more flooding ahead as Toombul Shopping Centre closes

Saturated Queensland prepares for yet ANOTHER drenching as one of the state’s iconic shopping centres closes permanently after recent floods

  • Queensland’s east coast will face more heavy rain and   flash flooding this week
  • Capricornia coast, Mackay coast, and Wide Bay will cop the brunt of the rain 
  • Toombul Shopping Centre has closed for good due to extensive flood damage

Queensland is bracing for another deluge as parts of the state begin their clean up after being pummelled by heavy rain last week.

Already flood-damaged regions along Queensland’s coast will face more wet weather this week with stormy conditions forecast for Friday and Saturday.

The wild weather has seen Toombul Shopping Centre has been forced to close its doors forever due to flood damage. 

Queensland’s east coast will face more heavy rain, with the biggest rainfall totals predicted for Friday and Saturday 

Queenslanders heading to the voting polls this weekend should bring an umbrella and prepare for flash flooding following floods in southeast Queensland earlier this week

Queenslanders heading to the voting polls this weekend should bring an umbrella and prepare for flash flooding following floods in southeast Queensland earlier this week

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting the Capricornia coast will see the most rain heading its way on Friday, with heavy rain also to fall up to the Mackay coast and down to Wide Bay. 

The brunt of the rain will then move down to southeast Queensland in the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, and Gold Coast.

Some regions in the Wide Bay area – including Bundaberg – will see rainfall totals reaching up to 70mm in 72 hours.

Meanwhile a bit further north in Gympie residents are set to receive 40mm and Central Queenslanders in Rockhampton will cop 45mm.

Some regions in the Wide Bay area - including Bundaberg - will see rainfall totals reaching up to 70mm in 72 hours while Gympie residents are set to receive 40mm and Central Queenslanders in Rockhampton will cop 45mm

Some regions in the Wide Bay area – including Bundaberg – will see rainfall totals reaching up to 70mm in 72 hours while Gympie residents are set to receive 40mm and Central Queenslanders in Rockhampton will cop 45mm

Don't put your umbrella away just yet, there's more rain on the way (Pedestrians walk during rain in Brisbane)

Don’t put your umbrella away just yet, there’s more rain on the way (Pedestrians walk during rain in Brisbane)

Sky News Chief Meteorologist Rob Sharpe warned Queenslanders heading to the voting polls this weekend that they should bring an umbrella and prepare for flash flooding. 

This comes after southeast Queensland was inundated earlier this week.

‘There is still some risk with this because we are still seeing significant rainfall over already wet catchments,’ he said.

‘We could see either flash flooding or riverine flooding from this event and the bulk of the rain is going to be from the central coast down into parts of South East Queensland.’

Property giant Mirvac has decided to close Toombul Shopping Centre in Brisbane following extensive flood damage

Property giant Mirvac has decided to close Toombul Shopping Centre in Brisbane following extensive flood damage

Mirvac sent letters to shop owners warning the Toombul Shopping Centre would permanently close following an investigation into repair costs last week

Mirvac sent letters to shop owners warning the Toombul Shopping Centre would permanently close following an investigation into repair costs last week

Meanwhile the weather damage has become too much for property giant Mirvac to keep its Toombul Shopping Centre, Brisbane, open.

Courier Mail reports the company sent letters to shop owners warning the centre would permanently close following an investigation into repair costs last week.

‘To provide our retailers with certainty we have taken the difficult decision to close Toombul shopping centre and terminate all leases,’ it said in an email to tenants. 

A Mirvac spokeswoman told the publication the closure followed extensive investigations into the damage.

Extensive investigations conducted by Mirvac found that the centre was too damaged by floods to be repaired

Extensive investigations conducted by Mirvac found that the centre was too damaged by floods to be repaired

Mirvac said the announcement would 'provide our retailers with certainty' following floods

Mirvac said the announcement would ‘provide our retailers with certainty’ following floods

‘After taking into account the current and potential future impacts of flooding on the site, it is impractical and undesirable to reinstate the centre to how it was prior to the flooding damage,’ she said.

Luisa Laurito’s father opened a business in Toombul Shopping Centre back in 1967 but fortunately she was able to relocate to Ascot in March.

‘I’m still trying to get my head around it. There’s so much going on,’ she said.

‘We started in the Toombul Shopping Centre in 1967 and we’ve had it for 54 years and on the 10th of October it would have been 55 years.’

MAJOR CITIES FORECAST 

PERTH

Thursday Shower or two. Min 13 Max 22

Friday Shower or two. Min 11 Max 22

Saturday Sunny. Min 12 Max 25

Sunday Showers. Min 13 Max 23

ADELAIDE

Thursday Mostly sunny. Min 8 Max 18

Friday Partly cloudy. Min 8 Max 18

Saturday Mostly sunny. Min 9 Max 20

Sunday Partly cloudy. Min 11 Max 21

MELBOURNE

Thursday Partly cloudy. Min 8 Max 15

Friday Partly cloudy. Min 10 Max 16

Saturday Mostly sunny. Min 5 Max 16

Sunday Sunny. Min 6 Max 15

HOBART

Thursday Possible shower. Min 8 Max 14

Friday Cloudy. Min 7 Max 14

Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 5 Max 14

Sunday Partly cloudy. Min 5 Max 14

CANBERRA

Thursday Sunny. Min-1 Max 15

Friday Mostly sunny. Min 1 Max 15

Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 2 Max 16

Sunday Partly cloudy. Min 2 Max 16

SYDNEY

Thursday Sunny. Min 9 Max 19

Friday Showers. Min 13 Max 19

Saturday Showers. Min 14 Max 19

Sunday Showers. Min 13 Max 19

BRISBANE

Thursday Shower or two. Min 18 Max 24

Friday Showers increasing. Min 17 Max 23

Saturday Rain. Min 16 Max 20

Sunday Showers. Min 16 Max 22

DARWIN

Thursday Sunny. Min 23 Max 34

Friday Sunny. Min 23 Max 35

Saturday Sunny. Min 24 Max 35

Sunday Sunny. Min 24 Max 34

 

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