Gympie flood clean-up toll climbs with 50 businesses hit
ABOUT 50 businesses and 30 homes in Gympie have been impacted by the town's fifth flood in two years, according to the latest advice from the council.
After the slow fall of Mary River floodwaters yesterday, attention is now firmly focused on the major clean-up effort which will continue to roll-out across the Gympie region over the coming days.
Local Disaster Coordination Centre Chair and Gympie mayor, Cr Ron Dyne, said the flood event had affected 50 businesses, 30 residences and a number of primary industries across the region.
"The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service is assisting with clean-up efforts, which includes high pressure wash-outs of affected businesses - most of which are located in the Gympie CBD," Cr Dyne said.
"Crews followed the floodwaters yesterday and washed out approximately 20 premises.
"Fifteen crews will be out in force today to help clean-up other properties which are now free from floodwaters."
Business owners are encouraged to be onsite when their businesses are being washed out.
Cr Dyne urged sightseers are urged to stay away as a high volume of heavy vehicle activity was expected.
For clean-up assistance, flood-affected residents and business operators can call the Local Disaster Coordination Centre hotline on 5482 6399.
People involved in the clean-up should wear protective clothing, wash their hands and feet, and ensure that any general use or household items which have come in contact with floodwaters are properly cleaned and disinfected.
For more clean-up and health information, visit council's website at www.gympie.qld.gov.au
Latest from the Bureau of Meteorology at 7am Thursday
Moderate flood levels are currently easing at Gympie, and a moderate flood peak is expected at Maryborough during Thursday morning.
MARY RIVER UPSTREAM OF GYMPIE:
River levels along Six Mile Creek at Cooran have eased below minor.
Minor flood levels along the Mary River at Dagun Pocket will continue to ease during Thursday. Moderate flood levels continue to ease at Gympie where at 6:30am Thursday the river was at 14.39 metres. The river is expected to fall below the moderate flood level (12.0 metres) Thursday afternoon and into the evening.
MARY RIVER DOWNSTREAM OF GYMPIE:
Moderate to major flood levels are easing in the Mary River between Fishermans Pocket and Miva. Major flood levels peaked at Home Park overnight Wednesday and river levels are now slowly easing.
Major flood levels are near a peak at Tiaro around 16.4 metres. River levels are expected to remain near steady during Thursday morning and then begin easing later in the day.
Major flood levels peaked at 13.32 metres in Tinana Creek at Bauple East during Wednesday and are now slowly easing. Minor flood levels are nearing a peak further downstream at Tinana Barrage.
River levels at Maryborough are expected to be currently around the moderate flood level (8.0 metres) and rising to a flood peak around 8.5 metres Thursday morning.
Predicted River Heights/Flows:
Tiaro: Currently near a major flood peak of 16.4 metres.
Maryborough: Moderate flood peak up to 8.5 metres during Thursday morning.
For the latest weather information see: www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts
The next forecast will be issued by 10am Thursday.
Latest River Heights:
Location Height of River Date/Time of Observation
Mary R at Bellbird Ck # 1.83m steady 05:47 AM THU 28/02/13
Mary R at Bellbird Ck * 1.86m rising 04:00 AM THU 28/02/13
Mary R at Kenilworth H/S # 1.62m falling 06:19 AM THU 28/02/13
Mary R at Moy Pocket # 5.4m falling 05:26 AM THU 28/02/13
Mary R at Moy Pocket * 5.39m falling 05:00 AM THU 28/02/13
Yabba Ck at Borumba Dam HW * 0.55m falling 05:10 AM THU 28/02/13
Kandanga Ck at Hygait * 1.71m falling 05:00 AM THU 28/02/13
Amamoor Ck at Zachariah * 2.29m rising 05:00 AM THU 28/02/13
Mary R at Dagun Pocket * 10.69m falling 05:40 AM THU 28/02/13
Six Mile Ck at Lake MacDonald Dam # 95.52m steady 05:12 AM THU 28/02/13
Six Mile Ck at Lake MacDonald Dr# 2.35m steady 06:17 AM THU 28/02/13
Six Mile Ck at Cooran * 5.89m falling 05:22 AM THU 28/02/13
Six Mile Ck at Cooran # 5.72m falling 06:11 AM THU 28/02/13
Deep Ck at Cedar Pocket Dam HW # 101.38m steady 05:55 AM THU 28/02/13
Mary R at Gympie Weir * 14.57m rising 05:45 AM THU 28/02/13
Mary R at Gympie 17.1m falling 12:45 PM WED 27/02/13
Mary R at Gympie # 14.44m falling 06:10 AM THU 28/02/13
Mary R at Fishermans Pocket * 16.13m falling 05:40 AM THU 28/02/13
Glastonbury Ck at Glastonbury * 1.83m steady 05:00 AM THU 28/02/13
Wide Bay Ck at Kilkivan * 1.26m falling 05:00 AM THU 28/02/13
Mary R at Miva * 16.35m falling 05:30 AM THU 28/02/13
Munna Ck at Marodian * 8.57m falling 05:20 AM THU 28/02/13
Mary R at Home Park * 17.43m falling 05:40 AM THU 28/02/13
Mary R at Tiaro 16.35m rising slowly 06:00 PM WED 27/02/13
Mary R at The Barrage * 11.13m falling 05:40 AM THU 28/02/13
Tinana Ck at Bauple East * 12.87m falling 05:00 AM THU 28/02/13
Tinana Ck at Tinana Barrage * 7.67m rising 04:15 AM THU 28/02/13
Mary R at Maryborough 7.8m rising 11:45 PM WED 27/02/13
200 trucks stuck either side of Gympie
Meanwhile, about 200 trucks laden with food and supplies were stranded on the Bruce Highway north and south of Gympie yesterday.
Authorities hope to reopen the highway some time today.
Cr Dyne said if the highway cannot be re-opened, convoys with police escorts will be formed to get the trucks around the back way.
The Mary River peaked at 18.44 metres at 12.20am on Wednesday - about half a metre lower than the predicted high of 19 metres.
Disaster and emergency contact information
For flood-related information and assistance in the Gympie region, phone the Local Disaster Coordination Centre hotline on 5482 6399.
To report flood-affected and damaged roads, call Gympie Regional Council on 1300 307 800
For road closure information, visit council's website at www.gympie.qld.gov.au.
For main road closures and statewide travel information, call the Department of Main Roads travel service on 13 1940 or visit www.131940.qld.gov.au.