Flood could reach 21m
GYMPIE could be set for a flood to rival the 2011 event with predictions water could rise to 21m by Monday.
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a peak of 19.45m Monday but isn't ruling out the water getting to 21m.
If water did rise to that level a large part of Mary St would be inundated with water going past the Crazy Prices premises and local watering holes Billy's and The Royal would have close to two metres of water in the buildings.
Low-lying businesses are currently evacuating with owners saying the water is rising faster than they have ever seen.
The BOM site says a slow clearance of the heavy rain is occurring across the Mary River catchment from the north. However further heavy rainfall of 75-100mm is expected over the upper catchment areas during Sunday afternoon and evening.
At present, widespread major flooding is occurring across the catchment. Major flooding is expected at Gympie during Sunday afternoon, with flood levels likely to exceed the January 2011 peak of 19.45 metres during Monday. Major flood levels are also expected at Maryborough during Sunday evening.
Upstream of Gympie:
Strong river rises and moderate to major flooding are occurring between Moy Pocket and Dagun Pocket. Further river rises are expected during Sunday afternoon and evening.
Moderate flood levels are rising strongly at Gympie, with major flooding expected during Sunday afternoon. Flood levels are likely to exceed the January 2011 peak of 19.45 metres during Monday, with rises up to 21 metres possible.
Gympie to Maryborough:
Major flooding continues to rise at Miva and Tiaro.
River levels are currently near the moderate flood level of 8.0 metres at Maryborough, with further rises and major flooding overnight Sunday. Further rises are expected to occur during Monday morning.
Predicted River Heights/Flows:
Gympie: Exceed major flood level (17 metres) during Sunday afternoon. Peak likely to exceed 19.5 metres during Monday.
Maryborough: Exceed major flood level (9 metres) overnight Sunday, and continue rising during Monday.
For the latest weather information see: www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts