Flood peak reduced to 19.45m
GYMPIE business owners and managers along with hundreds of volunteers have cleared out premises in readiness for a major flood.
The Bureau of Meteorology has downgraded the flood threat from 21m to 19.45m with the swollen Mary River expected to peak Monday morning.
Manager of the Royal Hotel, Stacey Lowe and owner of Billy's, Lesley Mitchell said they had never seen the water rise so quickly and thanked all the volunteers for their help.
Mary St was jam packed with people moving furniture and stock from shops into waiting semi-trailers Sunday afternoon.
Ms Mitchell said last flood they had three days to organise evacuation but this time they did it in one day.
"We couldn't have done it without our helpers," Ms Mitchell.
Local Disaster Coordination Centre Chair and Gympie Regional Council Mayor, Cr Ron Dyne, said the latest prediction from the Bureau of Meteorology was a peak of 19.45 metres by tomorrow morning, with waters to start to recede from around lunchtime.
"The Gympie CBD Flood Management Plan was been put into action once more and businesses are prepared for the flood peak," Cr Dyne said.
"I urge people to keep out of flood waters and to stay away, particularly during the clean-up effort which is anticipated to start later tomorrow."
Evacuation centres have been established at:
• Imbil RSL Hall - 127 Yabba Road, Imbil
• Gympie Civic Centre - Mellor Street, Gympie
• Kilkivan Public Hall - 31 Bligh Street, Kilkivan
• Rainbow Beach Community Hall - corner of Rainbow Beach Road and Cypress Avenue, Rainbow Beach.
Police, fire and ambulance have also established a presence on the Southside.
The Bruce Highway is cut north and south of Gympie. This afternoon's closure of the Normanby Bridge has cut off Southside, with the closure of Pengelly's Bridge also cutting off access to and from the Monkland area.
For local road closure information, visit www.gympie.qld.gov.au or call the Local Disaster Coordination Centre hotline on 5482 6399.