Bluff Creek Campgrounds Jucas Johnson standing in water that didn't exist three weeks ago, with the Mary River reflowing again. Photo John McCutcheon
Bluff Creek Campgrounds Jucas Johnson standing in water that didn't exist three weeks ago, with the Mary River reflowing again. Photo John McCutcheon

‘Weather gods are smiling’: Mary River flowing again

IT'S played havoc in cancelling sporting events, but liquid gold has fallen on the Sunshine Coast, and in the right places.

Graziers and campsite owners in the hinterland pockets are rejoicing following a drenching of about 300mm in 48 hours yesterday.

Less than three weeks ago, third-generation dairy farmer Shane Paulger said the Mary River at Kenilworth was the worst he'd seen, reduced to a trickle.

The town had not recorded decent rain in nine months.

Now, that same stretch is up a metre and flowing.

Bluff Creek Campgrounds owner Lucas Johnson said the area was doing really well, even if it meant more mowing.

 

Bluff Creek Campground manager Lucas Johnson in the middle of Mary River on January 16 where his guests would normally be swimming. Photo: John McCutcheon
Bluff Creek Campground manager Lucas Johnson in the middle of Mary River on January 16 where his guests would normally be swimming. Photo: John McCutcheon

 

"The weather gods have really shone on us and made it all look so green again," Mr Johnson said.

"We've had some really big showers which has freshened up the river again.

"The town, too, is going really well.

"People have been coming out of their way to spend money in town, which is great for businesses and shopkeepers."

Mr Johnson said his property had received about 95mm in the past week and he'd slowly started preparing the grounds for the big Easter long weekend rush.

Yandina Raiders president Anthony Law estimated 140mm fell on Thursday night and said it had been a long time coming.

"We got a pretty heavy downpour that night, a lot filtered down the hills too," Mr Law said.

"There was definitely flash flooding around too, really heavy for a couple of hours but once it stopped it was gone." 

In the past 24 hours, Poona Dam received 55mm, Beerburrum 29mm, Eumundi 22mm, Nambour 21mm and Maroochydore 19mm.

The majority of areas have received sustained showers throughout that period.

Sunshine Coast cricket, football have been washed out and other events are likely to be postponed.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Peter Markworth said some 40mm of rainfall was expected today on the Coast, with the heaviest falls this evening.

A minor flood warning is in place for the Noosa, Maroochy and Mooloolah rivers.



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