After the flood, Gympie celebrates its close call
GYMPIE road and river conditions are rapidly returning to normal as rivers and creeks swiftly carry away the flood waters that fell from the sky this week.
But more rain is forecast for the coming week, the Bureau of Meteorology warns.
Yesterday, however, fast flowing but falling rivers and creek showed flood conditions draining away.
Extreme rain in recent days accounted for much of the month’s rainfall so far, including readings totalling 136.8mm in Gympie and up to 280 at Kenilworth.
Yesterday, the minor flooding which closed roads and bridges across the region began to subside.
Of eight roads officially closed on Thursday, only three remained on the list late yesterday.
They were an unnamed road at Glen Echo, Howe Rd at Traveston and Walker Rd, Moy Pocket.
Hazardous conditions caused by water over roads was another problem now reported to be rapidly disappearing, with some caution advised on the Maryborough Cooloola Rd.
Coondoo Creek, closed as a precaution on Thursday niight, operated normally yesterday, as did Traveston Crossing bridge, which had also been briefly closed.
A high and fast Mary River inundated the River Walk and The Sands areas, but did little damage, as life returned rapidly to normal.
More rain is forecast for the next week, but falls of between 1mm and 5mm yesterday were easily drained by falling rivers and creeks.
The coming week is forecast to bring possible showers and some sunshine every day, with temperatures between 21C and 32C.