Mary River tops 6m
THE Mary River peaked at more than six metres in the early hours of yesterday following heavy rain in the river catchment at the weekend.
Maleny received about 90mm of rain in the 24 hours to 9am on Sunday and Kenilworth 110mm.
River levels eased between Gympie and Fisherman's Pocket yesterday, although the Bureau of Meteorology said small renewed rises were possible last night.
Gympie's 77mm drenching on Saturday gave the region a wet start to the month and to winter, surpassing the region's average June rainfall by 20mm. And it's not over yet.
The Bureau of Meteorology is already tipping another wet weekend this weekend, with light rain predicted to head our way from Friday and a high chance of extended rain later in the month.
Gympie is having another wet year, with the 2012 rainfall to date close to 950mm, not far off the long term median annual rainfall of 1010mm.
To the north and south of Gympie, roads were cut by flash flooding and swollen creeks on Saturday.
This caused a few dramas on the roads. On the Sunshine Coast a driver escaped injury when his car left the Bruce Hwy and hit a tree near the Caloundra exit on Sunday.
A woman's car was destroyed by a length of guardrail in a crash on the Sunshine Coast motorway.
The Landsborough Hwy was cut between Tambo and Blackall in the central west, tourists were stranded in Birdsville in the state's far south-west and four holiday makers were rescued from their ute after they became stranded in rising floodwaters near Bundaberg.