Mary on the rise as rain eases
THEY’VE probably got webbed feet by now in Maleny, but around the Gympie region residents are mostly enjoying the wet weather while keeping a wary eye on the Mary River.
Glastonbury farmer Jim Geiger has welcomed all the rain his property lapped up in the last few days. “It’s all soaking in and we needed every spot of it,” he said yesterday.
It was a sentiment echoed by Mooloo’s Alex Miles, who said he wouldn’t mind more rain on the weekend.
“I’m not too worried about more rain coming,” he said. “We started from a fairly dry base – it’s making for a fantastic season for this area.”
It’s a good start to summer with Borumba and Cedar Pocket dams two of 14 southeast Queensland dams with overflowing spillways.
Traveston Crossing Bridge was flooded early yesterday morning and closed to traffic by Gympie Regional Council around 4.50am. Chinamans Creek Road at Tuchekoi was also reported as flooded on Monday.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a flood warning for the Mary River yesterday.
The main flood peak was expected at Gympie overnight, with minor to moderate flooding downstream of Gympie. Flood levels were expected to peak last night in the Dagun Pocket area. The Mary River at Gympie was expected to reach the moderate flood level of 12 metres last night, with a peak at about 12.5 metres.
Downstream of Gympie, river rises were likely to continue in the Miva to Tiaro area today causing some moderate flooding. However, river levels at Maryborough were expected to remain well below minor flood level.