The Traveston Crossing Bridge was one of several cut by floodwaters in the region yesterday.
The Traveston Crossing Bridge was one of several cut by floodwaters in the region yesterday. Renee Pilcher

Mary River on the rise

GYMPIE appeared to escape the brunt of south-east Queensland's torrential rain yesterday though flood warnings remained in place and the Mary River was predicted to rise to at least 8m last night - possibly 10, which would cut Kidd Bridge and cause minor flooding and traffic chaos between the city and Southside.

Rainfall totals of 60mm-110mm were recorded across the Upper Mary River catchment on Tuesday and early yesterday, and isolated heavier falls of 150-200mm were recorded at Maleny, Baroon Pocket Dam and Mapleton.

The Traveston Crossing Bridge was closed to traffic and Borumba Dam was still overflowing as communities throughout the region reported numerous swollen creeks and flooded roads and bridges.

The South Burnett received deluges of up to 100mm in the 24 hours to 9am yesterday, and the Burnett Hwy between Goomeri and Gayndah remained cut yesterday afternoon.

And there is more on the way.

The rain is expected to temporarily clear this morning but scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will still bring moderate falls, possibly heavy with thunderstorms.

This lull is only expected to last until late tomorrow or early Saturday, when the south-east will experience the full brunt of the monsoonal trough that has been impacting northern Queensland.

The weather bureau's Brett Harrison says a lot of dams in the south-east are getting close to capacity.

"We have seen some stream rises for the rivers around due to this rainfall," he said.

"At the Mary River there is a flood warning current and there is a general flood warning for streams and creeks around the area nearly (all) the creeks and many of the dams are getting close to full for this time of the year."

Hundreds of roads have been affected by flooding across the south-east and a king tide on the Sunshine Coast will compound the problem.

Roads still cut in the Gympie region yesterday included the Burnett Hwy at Chippendall Ck, Kenilworth-Skyring Ck Rd at Chinaman Ck Bridge and Happy Jack Ck, Old Goomboorian Rd at the intersection of Gympie Connection and Hood Rd, Moy Pocket Rd at Pickering's Bridge and Walkers Rd.

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