QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services are urging communities to keep up-to-date with all warnings from the Bureau of Meteorology following heavy rainfall overnight.
QFES said dangerous thunderstorms and intense rainfall continues to impact large parts of South East Queensland.
More than 380mm was reportedly recorded in three hours at Old Range Road, north of Biggenden this morning.
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“Conditions can change and escalate very quickly and flash flooding is a very real, dangerous and life-threatening risk,” the service said on social media.
BOM issued a statement this morning saying major flooding of the Mary River was likely at Gympie.
Minor to moderate flooding was occurring downstream of Gympie.
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See this morning’s advice below:
Mary River to Gympie:
Minor to moderate flooding is occurring along the Mary River to Gympie.
The Mary River at Moy Pocket is currently at 6.73 metres (below minor) and rising. The Mary River at Moy Pocket is expected to exceed the minor flood level (11.70 m) Friday afternoon and may exceed the moderate flood level (15.00 m) Friday evening, with further heavy rainfall.
The Mary River at Dagun Pocket is currently at 10.70 metres and rising, with minor flooding. The Mary River at Dagun Pocket is expected to reach the moderate flood level (13.00 m) Friday morning. The river level is likely to exceed the major flood level (15.00 m) Friday afternoon.
The Mary River at Gympie is currently at 11.31 metres and falling, with minor flooding. The river level is well above the level of the Kidd Bridge (9.90 m). The Mary River at Gympie is likely to exceed the moderate flood level (12.00 m) and the height of Bells Bridge Friday morning and may exceed the major flood level (17.00 m) and height of the Normanby Bridge Friday evening, with further heavy rainfall.
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Six Mile Creek:
Strong renewed creek level rises and moderate flooding are occurring along the Six Mile Creek at Cooran during Friday morning, further creek rises are expected with forecast rainfall through Friday.
Mary River downstream of Gympie:
Minor to moderate flooding is occurring along the Mary River downstream of Gympie.
The Mary River at Miva is currently at 11.45 metres and steady, with moderate flooding. Further strong river levels are likely as upstream flood waters begin to arrive. The river level at Miva is likely to exceed the major flood level (15.50 m) Saturday morning.
The Mary River at Tiaro is currently at 7.13 metres and rising, with minor flooding. The Mary River at Tiaro is likely to reach the moderate flood level (8.00 m) Friday afternoon. The river level may reach the major flood level (12.00 m) from Saturday, with further heavy rainfall.
The river level at Maryborough (Portside) is around 3.06 metres (below minor) and falling with the tide. The Mary River at Maryborough may reach around 4.10 metres Friday afternoon. The river level is likely to reach the minor flood level (5.00 m) from Saturday evening. Further river level rises are expected over the weekend, with moderate flooding likely and major flooding possible.
Creek rises are occurring around Bauple East and Tagigan Rd along the Tinana Creek during Friday.
Flood Safety Advice:
Remember: If it’s flooded, forget it. For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500. For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
Meanwhile, Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said yesterday Council was preparing for a range of possible flood scenarios.
“There is still a degree of uncertainty about what may happen over the coming days as it depends on how much rain falls, when it falls and where it falls. We urge everyone to stay safe, stay calm and stay informed,” Cr Seymour said at the time.
For the latest updates from BOM, click here.
You can also access information on the Fraser Coast Disaster Dashboard.
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