Sea foam blankets flooded Australian coast

Australia's Sunshine and Gold coasts were hit so hard by foam that

residents and tourists were asked to cancel all non-essential travel,

according to reports. Witnesses also described seeing foam as high as nine feet at its peak. (ABC News)

Ocean foam surge in Snapper Rocks as Queensland experiences severe rains and flooding from Tropical Cyclone Oswald on January 28, 2013 in Gold Coast, Australia. Hundreds have been evacuated from the towns of Gladstone and Bunderberg while the rest of Queensland braces for more flooding. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Australia foam
Ocean foam surge in Snapper Rocks as Queensland experiences severe rains and flooding from Tropical Cyclone Oswald on January 28, 2013 in Gold Coast, Australia. Hundreds have been evacuated from the towns of Gladstone and Bunderberg while the rest of Queensland braces for more flooding. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Children play with ocean foam in Burleigh Heads as Queensland experiences severe rains and flooding from Tropical Cyclone Oswald on January 28, 2013 in Gold Coast, Australia. Hundreds have been evacuated from the towns of Gladstone and Bunderberg while the rest of Queensland braces for more flooding. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Australia foam
Children play with ocean foam in Burleigh Heads as Queensland experiences severe rains and flooding from Tropical Cyclone Oswald on January 28, 2013 in Gold Coast, Australia. Hundreds have been evacuated from the towns of Gladstone and Bunderberg while the rest of Queensland braces for more flooding. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
People play with ocean foam in Burleigh Heads as Queensland experiences severe rains and flooding from Tropical Cyclone Oswald on January 28, 2013 in Gold Coast, Australia. Hundreds have been evacuated from the towns of Gladstone and Bunderberg while the rest of Queensland braces for more flooding. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Australia foam
People play with ocean foam in Burleigh Heads as Queensland experiences severe rains and flooding from Tropical Cyclone Oswald on January 28, 2013 in Gold Coast, Australia. Hundreds have been evacuated from the towns of Gladstone and Bunderberg while the rest of Queensland braces for more flooding. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
A man walks through ocean foam in Snapper Rocks as Queensland experiences severe rains and flooding from Tropical Cyclone Oswald on January 28, 2013 in Gold Coast, Australia. Hundreds have been evacuated from the towns of Gladstone and Bunderberg while the rest of Queensland braces for more flooding. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Australia foam
A man walks through ocean foam in Snapper Rocks as Queensland experiences severe rains and flooding from Tropical Cyclone Oswald on January 28, 2013 in Gold Coast, Australia. Hundreds have been evacuated from the towns of Gladstone and Bunderberg while the rest of Queensland braces for more flooding. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
A child plays with ocean foam in Burleigh Heads as Queensland experiences severe rains and flooding from Tropical Cyclone Oswald on January 28, 2013 in Gold Coast, Australia. Hundreds have been evacuated from the towns of Gladstone and Bunderberg while the rest of Queensland braces for more flooding. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Australia foam
A child plays with ocean foam in Burleigh Heads as Queensland experiences severe rains and flooding from Tropical Cyclone Oswald on January 28, 2013 in Gold Coast, Australia. Hundreds have been evacuated from the towns of Gladstone and Bunderberg while the rest of Queensland braces for more flooding. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
A man walks through ocean foam in Snapper Rocks as Queensland experiences severe rains and flooding from Tropical Cyclone Oswald on January 28, 2013 in Gold Coast, Australia. Hundreds have been evacuated from the towns of Gladstone and Bunderberg while the rest of Queensland braces for more flooding. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Australia foam
A man walks through ocean foam in Snapper Rocks as Queensland experiences severe rains and flooding from Tropical Cyclone Oswald on January 28, 2013 in Gold Coast, Australia. Hundreds have been evacuated from the towns of Gladstone and Bunderberg while the rest of Queensland braces for more flooding. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

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