Michael Pate from Poona was trapped on the Tin Can Bay Rd due to flooding at Coondoo Crk.
Michael Pate from Poona was trapped on the Tin Can Bay Rd due to flooding at Coondoo Crk. Craig Warhurst

Region's roads damaged as record rain lashes coast

GALE force coastal winds and heavy rain across the Gympie and nearby regions closed roads and caused local flooding, including minor flooding in the Mary River yesterday.

Extreme rain was centred mainly in coastal areas with a record 188mm recorded in 22 hours at Mt Bilewilam (the highest rainfall figure ever recorded in 22 hours at that station), making the Cooloola Coast one of the wettest spots in Queensland yesterday.

A 300m-wide Coondoo Creek was still rising even as conditions began to ease yesterday, forcing travel plan changes for visitors like Pami Currie, of Scotland and Claire Le Tallec, from France.

Disappointed would-be Cooloola Coast visitors were forced to turn back at a swollen and rushing Coondoo Creek yesterday.

Poona's Michael Pate was caught out returning home, with Tin Can Bay Rd and the Maryborough-Cooloola Coast Rd blocked.

Western regions reported relatively light rain, even as it pelted down in coastal areas.

Toolara weather station recorded 34mm in one hour to 3pm, even as conditions began to ease.

State Emergency Service volunteers prepared for the worst and Gympie's Disaster Management Group was put on alert.

Roads were closed across the region, including:

  • Anderleigh Rd (towards Gunalda and at Kia Ora)
  • Amamoor Creek Rd
  • Bauple-Woolooga Rd at Munna and Wide Bay Creeks
  • Beenham Valley Rd at Begeda Bridge
  • Burnett Hwy north from Tansey
  • Boonara Creek and at Murgon turnoff
  • East Deep Creek Rd near Nolan's Meatworks
  • Fisherman's Pocket Rd near Dobbo's Rd
  • Gympie Woolooga Rd at Widgee and Station Creek
  • Moy Pocket Rd at Pickering's Bridge
  • Noosa Rd near the speedway and Hill Rd
  • Old Goomboorian Rd
  • Randwick Rd
  • Tagigan Rd
  • Tin Can Bay Rd at Moody Creek
  • Traveston Crossing
  • Yabba Creek
  • Walker and Wilson's Pocket Rd