Western areas hit with record rain
WOOLOOGA, Kilkivan and Goomeri were hit by one of the largest rain events on record early Saturday morning according to acting Gympie Regional Mayor Tony Perrett.
Cr Perrett was chairing the second Local Disaster Management Group’s second meeting this morning preparing for what looks like becoming a major flood event on the Mary River at Gympie.
Cr Perrett said a two metre wall of water rushed through the Woolooga and Kilkivan townships and a one metre wall of water at Goomeri.
“They had two metres of water in the Woolooga Hall and water in the Woolooga Pub,” Mr Perrett said.
He said in Kilkivan water rushing across the showgrounds caused major damage, washing away tanks and damaging buildings.
Seventeen people in the Kilkivan area were evacuated and stayed the night in the Kilkivan Hall when the Wide Bay Creek burst its banks after rain falls of up 300mm Friday night and Saturday morning.
Some are now accommodated at the Kilkivan Pensioner units.
In Goomeri water washed through the service station and filled the public pool with muddy water.
“We haven’t seen rain like that in decades,” Mr Perrett said.
“Some of the old timers say they haven’t seen rain like that ever before,” he said.
Rain has caused major road problems around the western division of the Gympie Regional Council.
The Wide Bay Highway is still cut near Serpentine Creek.
A Corbet's truck stopped to help a driver stuck in flood water and fell through the road after water had scoured out a tunnel under the bitumen.
Cr Perrett said council had tried to fix the road but heavy rain had prevented them getting near the road. He said he hoped to have the road fixed by Monday weather permitting.
The Mudlo Range near Kilkivan is also blocked after a land slip cut both lanes.
In other news 30 campers have been trapped at Cedar Grove for three days after access to the camping area on the Amamoor Creek Road was cut due to flooding.
Police and National Parks and Wildlife were working to get food clothing and medication to the stranded campers.
Cr Perrett said National Parks and Wildlife officers were going to deliver essentials to the campers via 4WD quad bikes.