The big wet continues in south-east Queensland

The big wet continues with south-east Queensland battered by heavy storms with intense rainfall leading to flash flooding on the Gold Coast and with the body of a missing kayaker recovered on the Sunshine Coast.

The body of the 75-year-old was pulled from the swollen Mary River on Thursday after he disappeared earlier in the day.

The tragedy could have been worse with rain records broken on the Sunshine Coast leading to a number of swift-water rescues that almost certainly saved the lives of those retrieved.

After a hot, bushfire-ravaged summer for much of eastern Australia, major flooding was recorded at Beaudesert with river levels forecast to go higher.

In what could be another fatality associated with the storms, Queensland Police looking for a missing woman in the Gold Coast hinterland were forced to suspend their search for the second day in a row because of poor weather.

Yang Chen, 26, was reported missing Wednesday morning by a man she was with at Gorge Falls off Tallebudgera Creek Road amid concerns that she may have slipped and fallen into one of several flooded creeks in the area.

On the Gold Coast, 10 schools and 18 early childhood centres were closed Thursday along with most of the area’s famous theme parks with hazardous surf warnings remaining for the Fraser Island Coast, Sunshine Coast Waters and the Gold Coast.

More than 160 calls for assistance were made to State Emergency Service (SES) crews across the state, with most on the Sunshine Coast.

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