Libby Parke stands on what’s left of the road at Fig Tree Gully along Sexton Road after a torrent of water washed away the bitumen on Tuesday night.
Libby Parke stands on what’s left of the road at Fig Tree Gully along Sexton Road after a torrent of water washed away the bitumen on Tuesday night. Jannette Parke

Flash flood as storm rages

AFTER a steamy and oppressive day, Gympie escaped the worst of the stormy weather late Tuesday afternoon but further west Sexton, Woolooga and Miva copped a deluge.

A storm cell dumped heavy falls of rain across the district causing some of the worst flash flooding local residents have seen.

Large volumes of debris littered many of the area’s roads and thigh-high grass was flattened by the huge volume of water that poured into local gullies and streams.

Fig Tree Gully along Sexton Road became a torrent within minutes and tore through the road taking large rafts of tarmac and a good amount of soil with it. The storm hit about 5.45pm with Sexton recording 167mm of rain to 9am yesterday, most of it falling in about an hour.

Woolooga recorded 146mm and Miva received 161mm.

One long-time resident on her way home from work said she had never seen Fig Tree Gully come up so quickly.

“I have never had such a frightening ride home,” she said. “It teemed the whole way and there was water over the road the whole time.”

Fortunately, she was in a heavy Toyota four-wheel drive.

“I would never have got home in a car,” she said.

An Ergon spokesperson told The Gympie Times yesterday about 41 Sexton residents lost power at around 6.50pm.

He said crews had trouble accessing the affected area due to flooded creeks.

As of 9.35am yesterday, he said crews had managed to reconnect all but six customers but they were having difficulty isolating the final fault.

Ergon said 41 customers lost power again from 11.35am to 12.20pm and then 12 were off until 1.20pm when full restoration was achieved.

The outage was caused by blown high-voltage fuses on a transformer that occurred during the storms.

The deluge skirted Gympie, which received only 15mm of rain. However, Kandanga had 88mm, Wolvi 56mm and Cooran 71mm.

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather information for Gympie.

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