Gympie bracing for mild to moderate flooding of Mary River

A STRONG possibility of heavy rainfall in the next few days could see river heights rise in the Gympie region and result in flooding.

Gympie flood committee chairman Garry Davison said be prepared, but don't panic because even when heavy rainfall hits, it is a significant amount of time before Gympie sees the effects.

The following is a list of approximate heights when Gympie region bridges are cut from flood water and when Gympie businesses are inundated. (Courtesy of the Veteran Weather Station)

GYMPIE REGION BRIDGE INUNDATION HEIGHTS (in metres)
- Kidd Bridge, Gympie - 9.94m
- Bells Bridge, Gympie North - 13.10m
- Inglewood Bridge, Gympie - 14.19m
- Pengellys Bridge, Gympie - 15.9m
- Normanby Hill Bridge, Gympie - 16.15m (southern end)
- Six Mile Bridge, Gympie south - 17.96m
- Yabba Creek Bridge, Imbil - 6.10m
- Smiths Road Bridge, Woolooga, Wide Bay Creek - 2.40m
- Victor Giles Bridge, Cooran,  Six Mile Creek - 7.20m
- Dickabram Bridge, Miva - 22.00m
- Doonan Creek Road Bridge, Doonan - 3.90m
- Mary River Bridge, Kenilworth - 11.20m
- Old Bruce Hwy Bridge, Coochin Creek, Beerwah 7.80m
- Doonella Bridge (Cooroy-Tewantin Road) - 0.90m

GYMPIE CBD INUNDATION LEVELS (floor heights in metres)
- Madills Paint & Panel (1/5 River Rd) - 15.19m
- Noel Atkinson Repairs (2 Barter St) - 16.51m
- Condies Arcade (161 Mary St) - 17.94m
- James Nash Arcade (173 Mary St) - 17.95m
- Imperial Hotel (170 Mary St) - 17.95m
- Tom Grady (155 Mary St) - 18.31m
- Royal Hotel (190 Mary St) - 18.34m
- Charlies Hotel (185 Mary St) - 18.48m
- Bank of Qld (126 Mary St) - 19.89m
- Charlies Bottle Shop (Cnr Monkland/Nash) - 20.43m
- Georges Repairs (10 Barter St) - 20.67m
- Empire Hotel (196 Mary St) - 20.81m
- Cullinanes Plaza (104 Mary St) - 21.2m

EARLIER: GYMPIE is bracing for minor to moderate flooding of the Mary River on Saturday, with the Kidd Bridge expected to go under early Saturday morning.

Rainfall totals between 30 and 200mm have been recorded during the past 24 hours to  am Friday, with falls in excees of 10 mm mostly about the Sunshine Coast hinterland. The highest rainfall recorded to  am is 208 mm at Baroon Boat Ramp.

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Further heavy rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours.

River levels above Dagun Pocket are rising to minor flood levels, the Bureau of Meteorology reported in its first Mary River flood warning at 10am.

River levels are rising but are still well below the minor flood level in Gympie (6m).

River levels are steady below minor flood levels.

Predicted River Heights/Flows:

Mary River at - 

MOY POCKET: May exceed the minor flood level (11.6m) overnight on Friday.

DAGUN POCKET: Expected to exceed the minor flood level (7m) overnight Friday.

GYMPIE: Exceed the moderate flood level (12m) early Saturday.

River level rises above the moderate flood level are expected later in the weekend downstream of Gympie. Predictions for these locations will be made as upstream peaks are observed.

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.

Current emergency information is available at www.disaster.qld.gov.au