Heavy rain forecast for southeastern Queensland early this week as depths deepen



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A severe weather warning has been issued for southeastern Queensland with forecasts of heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding early this week.

The Bureau of Meteorology expects a coastal valley above the southern corner of the state to deepen into Monday on Sunday, causing heavy to intense rainfall Monday and Tuesday.

The areas affected include the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Coolangatta, Caboolture, Cleveland, Gatton and Jimboomba.

Thunderstorms are also expected as the slow-moving trough hovers over the southeast with forecasts of up to 250 millimeters in some areas, which could lead to flash flooding and landslides.

The southeast has already experienced heavy rainfall in recent weeks that has left homes and businesses under water.

Insurance assessments show that approximately 4,300 homes suffered severe or moderate damage from flooding and a further 3,500 suffered minor damage.

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