MARY St businesses are already heeding the advice of the Bureau of Meteorology and packing up as the Mary River floods in Gympie.
The latest from the Bureau predicts the river will peak at just over 16 metres on Sunday morning, which will flood Normanby Bridge, cut access to the Southside and inundate some low lying shops along River Rd.
Traffic was unable to use Kidd bridge this morning as it was cut when the River peaked at 12m about 11am this morning and has been rising steadily about one metre an hour.
Last night motorists were unable to get into Gympie with the Bruce Hwy cut at Federal.
The flooding has been caused by nearly 330mm of rain being dumped upstream in the Sunshine Coast region in the last 24 hours.
- At Boreen Point a woman was winched from the roof of her home.
- Cooran homes were cut off by a wall of water.
- A train at Pomona has been cut of after the rail line was flooded.
- Businesses at Pomona have been flooded, including a timber yard where timber and corrugated iron has been carried by floodwater into bush across the road.
- The bridge at Six Mile Creek, Cooroy has been destroyed, slabs of bitumen have been ripped up in the rushing water.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service swift water rescue crews have attended to 35 water-related incidents in 24 hours from Caloundra to Gympie including seven swift water rescues in Eumundi, Tewantin, Gympie, Doonan, Noosaville and Cooran.
- The State Emergency Service (SES) responded to 178 requests for assistance across the Sunshine Coast (as of 7.30am) including leaky roofs, roof damage and rising floodwater.
- The areas most affected include Tewantin (52 requests), and Cooroy, Coolum, Maroochydore and Caloundra (with approximately 12 requests for assistance each).
- 18 roads in the Gympie Region are closed and motorists are being asked to drive with caution.
While rain is set to ease in Gympie the forecast downstream predicts more rain today, which will push river heights higher.
For river height data see the Gympie Flood information site.
Information on road closures in the Gympie Region can be found on the Gympie Council site.
For the full flood warning see the Bureau of Meteorology.
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