The Bureau of Meteorology weather radar as of 1.45pm, February 20, 2015.
The Bureau of Meteorology weather radar as of 1.45pm, February 20, 2015.

Mayor urges residents to listen to BOM, not misinformation

GYMPIE Mayor Mick Curran is urging Gympie residents to only get flood information from the Bureau of Meteorology.

This  afternoon two other media organisations reported the Mary River at Gympie was going to peak at 19m, two metres higher than the BOM prediction of 17m.

The other reports were a mistake and Cr Curran said people needed to use the BOM for flood information.

"They are the experts,"  Cr Curran said.

"We go by what they say.

"If we go by anything else it creates confusion and panic."

The latest BOM alert has the Mary River peaking at 17m sometime tomorrow morning.

Emergency services have just set a up a command centre at the Pavilion on the Southside.

The Southside will be cut off from Gympie later tonight when water goes over Normanby Bridge.

Cr Curran said Police, Queensland Fire and Rescue officers and the ambulance would be stationed at the Pavilion in case of emergency.

Tomorrow the Excelsior Medical Centre on Exhibition Rd will be open  from 9am -noon.

Malouf Pharmacy will also be open in the Southside Shopping Centre.

Anyone wanting any further information can ring 1300 307 800 or check the council website.