[<< wikinews] Flash floods hit Australia's eastern coast
Thursday, June 30, 2005 
6,000 residents of Lismore in NSW have been told to evacuate their homes.
A couple is missing on the Gold Coast in Queensland.  State Emergency Services (SES) workers are currently preparing to evacuate a number of nursing homes in the suburbs of Southport and Burleigh.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) have said that South East Queensland has recorded rainfalls of 368mm in the last 24 hours and that the Gold Coast suburb of Coolangatta has been averaging 80mm per hour for at least two hours.  The Coolangatta airport was closed due to flooding.
Further south the city of Lismore has been inundated.  A recently constructed levy has held back the waters of the Wilson river, protecting the town's central business district.

== Sources ==
AAP. "Deluge brings widespread flooding to Gold Coast" — New Zealand Herald, June 30, 2005
AAP. "Search for couple in deluge" — The Australian, June 30, 2005
AAP. "6,000 to evacuate homes in Lismore" — The Age, June 30, 2005