It has been a busy night for emergency crews who responded to 11 calls of cars needing help in floodwaters during last night's thunderstorm, while six swift-water rescues were performed as heavy rain hammered most of the south east.
Two separate people got their cars bogged on the same flooded causeway at Oxley, two more rescues were performed at Durack, while a man on the Gold Coast was trapped in his vehicle for up to two hours with locals reportedly warning him of the flooded road ahead right before he got stuck.
A woman and three kids also became trapped in their car at Bellbird Park, but she managed to carry her children to safety before crews arrived to assist.
"She's just picked the kids up from scouts, they were 5, 7 and 9. How she carried those three kids through waist-deep water was absolutely remarkable," said Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully.
Some areas received more than 80mm of rain in less than an hour, including Forestdale and Hillcrest in Logan.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Lachlan Stoney said conditions will be a lot more calmer and cooler today.
"It should be better now that south-easterly change has pushed through the area, so we're getting a much dryer and cooler air mass. Instead of thunderstorm activity we're looking at isolated showers in most parts," he said.