Alex Turner checks out the rising Mary River at Kidd Bridge yesterday.
Alex Turner checks out the rising Mary River at Kidd Bridge yesterday. Craig Warhurst

Mary River flowing fast after rain

SOME Gympie residents on their way to work and school yesterday morning were surprised to see the Mary River flowing fast and furious, but with the downpour received in the river’s headwaters over the weekend, it’s not surprising.

Maleny received a soaking with 353mm or nearly 14 inches in the rain gauge from Saturday to 9am yesterday.

At Kenilworth yesterday they were shifting cattle because the saleyards were flooding after about 130mm fell over the weekend with more coming down.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a flood warning late yesterday afternoon for coastal streams from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane, including the Mary River at Moy Pocket, with fast rises causing minor to moderate flooding in the region in the next 24 to 36 hours.

It seems La Nina has been making her presence felt with southeast Queensland drenched by torrential rain over the last few days.

The deluge lifted October rain totals in south-east Queensland to near record levels and while Gympie escaped the deluge that the coast copped, the region’s rainfall this month was already well up on last year.

Gympie recorded only .8mm of rain in the first 10 days of October, 2009 compared with 44.4mm for the same period this year.

Wolvi’s Henry Cross said it was the first time in 40 years they had green grass in September because it didn’t frost.

Last month, he said, was their wettest September recorded in 40 years.

Police issued a reminder to parents to ensure children are not playing in flood prone waterways, watercourses and drains as water levels can rise quickly.

Motorists were warned not to attempt to drive through floodwaters on roads, especially when it was fast moving.

Bureau of Meteorology senior hydrologist Paul Birch said there would be some respite but more rain was on the way for Sunday night and Monday morning.

“The (flooding) wasn’t really affecting towns, mainly low level bridges and crossings,” he said.

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