Water is creeping up the banks near the Mary River Marina at lunchtime on Monday.
Water is creeping up the banks near the Mary River Marina at lunchtime on Monday. Valerie Horton

Mary River expected to reach 5m in next 24 hours

UPDATE: The Mary River in Maryborough is expected to reach minor flood levels of 5m in the next 24 hours.

Fraser Coast Disaster Coordination Centre warned people on its Facebook page this afternoon that showers were predicted to continue until Wednesday.

"There is some sunshine on the way," Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said.

"We are hoping we see it sooner rather than later."

Cr O'Connell said the Bureau of Meteorology was watching a low pressure system off the coast near Mackay.

"Forecasters don't expect it to turn into a cyclone and predict it will continue moving out to sea," he said.

EARLIER: Maryborough is once again on flood alert as rain continues to fall over the Mary River catchment.

Mayor Gerard O'Connell has said river levels at Maryborough could reach the minor flood level of 5m.

"We've advised businesses at the marina and lower Kent St to be alert," he said.

"We don't expect the Granville or Lamington bridges to be cut.

"However residents in Granville should stock up on a few essential groceries just in case."

The region has already had more than half of its median annual rainfall in only two months.

Statistics from the Bureau of Meteorology shows across January and February, Maryborough had 741mm of rain.

It is only 365mm off the median yearly rainfall of 1106mm.

Hervey Bay recorded 671mm for the first two months of 2013.

While no median was available for the Hervey Bay weather station, the lowest yearly amount recorded in the past 14 years was only 727mm.

Cr O'Connell said the bureau was watching a low-pressure system located off the Queensland coast near Mackay.

"Forecasters are predicting that it will keep moving offshore and will not form into a cyclone which is great news," he said.

"The last thing we need is more heavy rain." 

The Hervey Bay-Maryborough Rd and Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd are open, there was water across the Pialba-Torbanlea Rd near the Torbanlea school on Monday morning but Tin Can Bay-Gympie Rd is shut.

For the latest road closures, go to 131940.qld.gov.au.

Power outages should be reported to Ergon Energy on 132 296.

Residents can phone the SES on 132 500 if they need assistance.

The Fraser Coast Disaster Coordination Centre is still open and can be phoned on 4190 5794.



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