Mitchell Eames with Kaden surveying the water height at Kidd Bridge on Australia Day.
Mitchell Eames with Kaden surveying the water height at Kidd Bridge on Australia Day. Craig Warhurst

Deluge to hit Kidd Bridge

THE Kidd Bridge was open to traffic yesterday but is expected to become submerged today by floodwaters from heavy rainfall in the Upper Mary River catchment on Thursday night and yesterday.

Gympie was still experiencing constant rain and minor flooding yesterday.

However, Mary River levels had begun dropping yesterday morning and the Traveston Crossing Bridge had been reopened, then closed again early in the afternoon.

The river started to rise again yesterday afternoon, and the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) was predicting it to peak at 11 metres (minor) some time today, a little above that recorded on Thursday afternoon (10.2m).

Minor flooding also affected the Upper Mary River in the Kenilworth and Dagun Pocket areas last night.

Flooding was also recorded at Six Mile Creek and downstream of Gympie, with a minor peak at Miva.

The BOM said further predictions on just what the Mary River would do would be made once upstream peaks had been observed.

While some producers in the Gympie Region have probably welcomed the big wet, Mary Valley dairy farmer John Cochrane said yesterday it had been a "bit too much".

Mr Cochrane, who runs 650 milkers, said milk production went down in times of extreme weather and the cattle could develop sore feet from being constantly wet.

"It's going to be tough for (dairy) farmers over the next month," he said.

Farm worker Nigel Welch, who has been working in the rain for the past week, said one good thing was that the grass was growing well and the kikuyu loved it.

In the South Burnett, the rain has come at a good time for growers.

The Peanut Council of Australia said the region had had very little summer rain and some farmers had expressed concern about the future of this year's harvest.

Falls of more than 90mm have been recorded in parts of South Burnett this week, restoring confidence.

Torrential rain across south-east Queensland caused severe flash flooding on the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast yesterday morning.

Hourly rain rates hit 50mm around Caboolture and Bribie Island, leading to a 3m rise along the Wararba Creek.

The rain prompted flood warnings from Tewantin to the border, and moderate flooding at Old Gympie Rd and Mudgeeraba.

"The deluge will continue through the morning as moist, south-easterly winds off the Tasman Sea converge over south-east Queensland with even moister north-easterly winds off the Coral Sea," senior Weather Channel meteorologist Tom Saunders said.

"Daily rainfall totals should easily exceed 100mm along much of the coast from Fraser Island to the New South Wales border," he said.

 

Rainfall update

Rainfall figures for the 24 hours to 9am yesterday:

  • Goomboorian 24mm
  • Gympie 60mm
  • Imbil 28mm
  • Jimna Forestry 54
  • Kandanga 48.2
  • Kenilworth 72
  • Miva 19
  • Rainbow Beach 25
  • Sandy Cape 34
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