WARNING: Bureau upgrades flood 'watch' on Mary River
UPDATE 1pm: HEAVY rain across the region is expected to cause minor flooding on the Mary River north of Gympie, the Bureau of Meteorology has said.
The BoM's flood watch on the river has now been upgraded to a flood warning, with towns up to Maryborough expected to be affected.
At Miva the river is currently at 6.81m and rising, and is predicted to exceed the 7.5m minor flood warning by this afternoon, while the river at Tiaro is at 4.35m and expected to exceed the 6m minor flood level as well.
At Gympie, the river is expected to remain below the 6m minor flood level, and also stay below the 5m minor flood level at Maryborough as well.
Rainfall of 50-150mm has been recorded in the Mary River catchment over the past few days, with some areas experiencing almost 200mm.
Rainfall totals of 50-150 mm have been recorded over the Mary River catchment over the past few days, with localised falls close to 200 mm.
EARLIER 9am Monday: THE driver of a ute which became stranded in flash flooding at East Deep Creek has been rescued by emergency services this morning.
According to a Queensland Fire Services media spokesman, the vehicle became stranded after it was driven into water on Randwick Rd just before 8.30am.
QFS responded to the call, and successfully pulled the driver to safety.
EARLIER Sunday 6.15pm: EVEN as the storm system heads away from Gympie, a number of roads still have fast moving water across them.
Gympie locals have been taking to social media to list currently flooded sections. They include:
- Stumm Rd, Southside
- There is still believed to be a considerable amount of water on Tin Can Bay Rd, Goomboorian
- Waldock Rd, Southside
- North Deep Creek Rd, just after Tamaree Rd, Tamaree
- Nash Rd, Tamaree
- Anderleigh Rd, Anderleigh
- Witham Rd, The Dawn
-Dawn Rd, The Dawn
- Unconfirmed reports of flooding along Little Widgee Rd, Widgee
POWER LINES are believed to be down at Old Maryborough Rd, Chatsworth
- The footpath on Corella Rd, just before the turn-off to Bonnick Rd has also been inundated.
Motorists should exercise caution when travelling through these areas, and under no circumstances attempt to cross flooded roads.
EARLIER Sunday 4pm: The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the Gympie Region as a large, powerful storm system heads south.
The warning includes heavy rainfall and potential hailstones in some regions.
The Gympie weather station is also reporting hundreds lightning strikes across the region, including up to 420 strikes per minute in some instances.
There are reports of flooding on Tin Can Bay Rd, with motorists urged to avoid the area and to never attempt to cross flooded roads.
EARLIER Sunday 3pm: A MAJOR storm cell is currently moving across the Gympie Region, bringing heavy rain and thunder to the area.
Local Prue Marshall posted the above picture of a flooded section of Tin Can Bay Rd near the Ross Creek Store.
Gympie drivers are being urged to avoid crossing flooded roads or paths under any circumstances.
More as this develops.
EARLIER Sunday 10am: A MINOR flood watch warning is still currently in place for the Mary Valley and other catchments across Queensland.
A trough system, with associated storms and rainfall, is expected to continue to move across the state until Tuesday this week.
Heavy rains last week saw the Mary River swell to 4.54 metres early Saturday morning, before gradually lowering throughout the day.
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast storms throughout both today and into the week as well.
"Today we're expecting rainfall in excess of around 30mm or so," said Lauren Pattie from the Bureau of Meteorology.
"It may be a little later in the day than first expected, in the afternoon and early evening is people should really be expecting it."
It won't be a blanketing of rain for the region either today, with Ms Pattie suggesting a more isolated or sporadic downfall.
"On Monday and Tuesday that more widespread rain is likely," she added.
Falls of up to 20-60mm are forecast tomorrow.
Ongoing thunderstorms have also been forecast throughout the follow days as well.
An update to the flood watch warning is expected around midday.
We'll update if there any new developments.
EARLIER Saturday 9.30am: LARGE dumps of rainfall across the Mary River catchment have seen the river swell to just over 4 metres in height this morning.
But with more heavy rain anticipated on Sunday, a minor flood warning still exists for the region.
Current Bureau of Meteorology forecasts have shown an expected 10-30mm of rainfall in Gympie tomorrow, with 15-40mm predicted for Monday.
As of 8.30am this morning, the Mary River is sitting at 4.34 metres - below the six metre minor flooding threshold.
It follows a similar incident in October, when continuous heavy falls saw waters come close to overlapping the Kidd Bridge.
A FLOOD watch has been issued on river catchments between Gladstone and the New South Wales border (as far inland as Kingaroy) as Queensland braces for heavy rain on Sunday and Monday.
Minor flooding is possible across the flood watch area.
The BoM reports that rainfall during the past week has wetted up some coastal catchments meaning river level rises are likely.
Widespread 24 hour rainfall totals of 30-70mm are possible about coastal catchments south of Gladstone during Sunday and Monday.
Isolated heavier falls in the range of 80-180mm are possible each day with severe thunderstorms. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will be issued during the event as required.
Minor flooding is possible across the Flood Watch area and isolated heavy rainfall may lead to localised flooding.
Rainfall totals and river level rises are expected to be significantly lower than those experienced in the Wide Bay catchments in October, and certainly nothing comparable to the widespread rainfall and flooding seen in Cyclone Debbie.
The Flood Watch area will be refined as the location of the heaviest rainfall becomes more certain.
Catchments likely to be affected include:
Burrum and Cherwell Rivers
Sunshine Coast Rivers and Creeks
Pine and Caboolture Rivers
Upper Brisbane River
Lower Brisbane River
(Tributaries of the lower Brisbane River only.)
Logan and Albert Rivers
Gold Coast Rivers and Creeks
A low pressure system is forecast to develop much further south, delivering very heavy falls for the southern states where Flood Watches and Severe Weather Warnings are already in place.
Queensland's heaviest falls will occur later, on Sunday and Monday, and will be focussed around eastern districts south of Rockhampton and Emerald, including Gladstone, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
The Bureau has issued a Flood Watch today http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDQ20900.html for coastal catchments from Gladstone to the NSW border and as far inland as Kingaroy. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will be issued as necessary over the coming days.
Widespread 24 hour falls in the range of 20-40mm can be expected with the passage of the trough from Friday, increasing to 30-70mm for coastal catchments south of Gladstone on Monday.
Isolated heavier falls in the range of 80-150mm are possible each day with severe thunderstorms, and there is the potential for flash flooding.
The heaviest falls are expected in southeast Queensland, with event totals of 50-90mm expected over Sunday and Monday, with isolated higher totals in excess of 180mm possible.
Showers and thunderstorms are expected to ease significantly into Tuesday as the trough system moves offshore.
There is still some uncertainty regarding the timing and intensity of this system, and we are urging the public to stay tuned for specific warnings throughout this weather event.
Avoid travel if possible while warnings are in place and remember: if it's flooded, forget it.