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.