Rain is expected to continue lashing parts of Queensland and NSW as a system that caused bucketing rain and flash flooding moves south.
The NSW northeast and Northern Rivers regions are tipped to receive further showers on Sunday, while more moderate showers are expected in Queensland’s southeast.
The deluge hit the Gold Coast the hardest yesterday with 325mm of rain falling at Loders Creek and more than 200mm in the Gold Coast Hinterland.
Flashfloods cut the M1 Motorway at Helensvale for almost seven hours as debris blocked the drains and emergency workers struggled to pump the water clear.
Thousands were trapped in traffic gridlock before the M1 finally reopened just after 1pm.
The Tweed and Northern Rivers regions have so far copped the state’s biggest falls, with Clothiers Creek receiving 250mm in the 24 hours to 9am on Saturday.
On the mid north coast, Grafton had 155mm of rain and Killabakh had 112mm.
Downpours over the last several days have provided relief for a state ravaged by bushfires, with the number of blazes in NSW dropping from 111 to 73 in six days.
However, there are concerns heavy rain could lead to flash flooding and landslips in parts of southeast NSW and the south coast as the weather system moves towards Victoria over the next 24 hours.