THE Fraser Coast has been included in a severe thunderstorm warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.
Forecasters said large hail, strong winds and heavy rainfall could develop over the Darling Downs and Wide Bay Burnett regions.
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Flash flooding can be expected in areas where heavy rainfall occurs.
Advice fromQueensland Fire and Emergency Services:
- Move your car under cover or away from trees.
- Secure loose outdoor items.
- Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
- Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
- Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
- Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
- For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
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Meanwhile, Fraser Coast Deputy Mayor Darren Everard urged people to drive carefully and stay off the roads if possible.
“Our message is simple, if you don’t need to be on the roads, stay off while works are underway to clean up our streets in Maryborough and in outlying areas,” Cr Everard said.
“Keep an eye on the Bureau of Meteorology website and the Fraser Coast Disaster Dashboard for regular updates.
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The Deputy Mayor said flash flooding could be expected in some parts of the region.
The Mary River is currently below the minor flood level at the Portside precinct.
The good news is that the Granville Bridge has been fully reopened to vehicles and pedestrians.
Cr Everard said fresh rainfall could also assist clean-up efforts in the Maryborough areas as rainwater would help wash away mud from the flood.
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