Monkland St as the river height hits 19.7m.
Monkland St as the river height hits 19.7m. Renee Pilcher

Sightseers told to stay home

GYMPIE police are urging residents fascinated by the unfolding flood to resist curiosity and stay at home.

Gympie Police Station officer-in-charge Graeme Reeves said roads were being choked up by unnecessary traffic.

"A lot of people are out sightseeing at the moment," he said. "It has the potential to cause a lot of problems.

"Emergency services vehicles can't get to a certain location quickly enough if there is a lot of traffic."

Sightseeing also carries a hidden burden for business and property owners hit hard by the flood.

Fast-moving vehicles travelling through flood waters create waves compounding the flood height.

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