Alexander Robinson, 3, is well prepared for the wet as the Gympie Region received buckets of rain yesterday.
Alexander Robinson, 3, is well prepared for the wet as the Gympie Region received buckets of rain yesterday. Tanya Easterby

More rain brings new flood threats today

SEVERE wind and rain overnight was predicted to cause flash flooding around many parts of the Gympie region today, including possible flooding in the Mary River.

A gale warning was current from Double Island Point southwards with damaging winds, especially in coastal areas, up to 100kmh.

Across the Gympie region, residents reported being advised by emergency services to prepare for heavy rain.

At Kilkivan, several residents were preparing for the worst, with some ready for evac

uation in the event of flash flooding in Wide Bay Creek.

Elsewhere, rising water had already covered some roads late yesterday.

"We're too busy to check the rain gauge," reported one shopkeeper at Goomboorian's Matilda service station.

"The creeks are rising and people are buying up flood supplies," she said.

At Pomona, gentle rain late yesterday was forecast to become extremely heavy overnight, with Six Mile Creek tipped to rise and bring its swollen waters down to the Mary River at Gympie.

Yesterday's heavy falls prompted a council warning of "heavy rain, dangerous surf and potential flash flooding.

"I urge people to take heed of weather warnings, stay indoors if they can, drive to the conditions and avoid flooded or closed roads," Mayor Ron Dyne said yesterday.

The simple message is: "If it's flooded, forget it," he said.

Cartwright Rd had an early taste of flooding as debris clogged drains.

Rainfall

For 24 hours to 9am yesterday

Gympie - 18.4mm

Imbil - 8.6mm

Rainbow Beach - 44mm

Tiaro - 11mm

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