The Mary River facing north from Kidd Bridge on Saturday morning.
The Mary River facing north from Kidd Bridge on Saturday morning. Frances Klein

UPDATE: Latest status on Gympie flood watch

UPDATE 7am MONDAY OCTOBER 15:

WHILE the Mary River continues to slowly rise a flood watch that was issued for the Gympie region on Friday was removed over the weekend.

As of 6am this morning the Mary River is not expected to reach minor flood levels.

The Mary River, which is still rising after heavy rain, at the River Walk 6.30am Monday, October 15.
The Mary River, which is still rising after heavy rain, at the River Walk 6.30am Monday, October 15. Contributed

In Gympie, the river was measured at 4.04m at 5.50am this morning. 

Flood levels are reached at Gympie at 6m for a minor flood, 12m for a moderate flood and 17m for a major flood. 

UPDATE: Gympie records 199mm in 7 days, still falling 

The height of Kidd Bridge is 9.9m. 

BoM meteorologist Adam Blazak said while there was not much more predicted to fall in the Mary River catchment, they would be keeping an eye on the still-rising river at Gympie.

"We finally seem to have got the Mary catchment wet, which is converting into river run offs.   "It's nice to see the creeks and rivers flowing - it's a little bit usual."    

MONDAY 6.30am: A river map showing river heights and rainfall in the Mary River.
MONDAY 6.30am: A river map showing river heights and rainfall in the Mary River. Contributed

 

UPDATE AT 4.30PM, SUNDAY OCTOBER 14:

BOM meteorologist Michael Knepp has stated there is no cause for alarm for residents regarding river heights.

Although earlier reported that the majority of river heights were holding at steady or falling, that situation has reversed and most levels are rising, but at this stage there is little risk of flooding.

The rising Mary River looking south form the Normanby Bridge at 2pm on Sunday, October 14.
The rising Mary River looking south form the Normanby Bridge at 2pm on Sunday, October 14. Contributed

"The majority of the heavy rainfall has occurred elsewhere," Mr Knepp stated.

He also confirmed that heights are set to peak soon with rainfall due to ease over the next couple of days.

Where the waterways have risen above roads and spillways are:

  • Cooroy Creek at Cooroy - 3.25m above bridge
  • Cooroora Creek at Pomona - 0.95m above road
  • Six Mile Creek at Lake MacDonald Dam - 0.35m above spillway
  • Deep Creek at Cedar Pocket Dam - 0.33m above spillway
  • Tinana Creek at Bauple East - 1.78m above bridge
  • Tinana Creek at Teddington Weir - 0.80m above weir
  • Bunya Creek at Booral Rd - 0.20m above road
The Mary River bridge at Tiaro with water two metres from the road.
The Mary River bridge at Tiaro with water two metres from the road. Alistair Brightman

Roads that remain closed to traffic because of the weather include:

 

  • Tin Can Bay Rd, Victory Heights - water over road from Moody Creek.
  • Buckley Rd, Kin Kin - water over road.
  • Bauple Woolooga Rd, Gundiah - water over road
  • Brooweena Woolooga Rd, Gigoomgan - water over road
  • Louis Bazzo Drive and Subway Avenue in Pomona - water over road

 

UPDATE 11:45am

GYMPIE TO GLADSTONE ON FLOOD WATCH

THE Bureau of Meteorology have announced rises above the minor flood level across the Flood Watch area - which includes the Mary River - are "no longer expected".

The latest BoM update issued a Flood Watch Number 2 after "up to 150 mm of rainfall (was) recorded across the Flood Watch area in the past 24 hours, which has caused small river level rises across some catchments".

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The Mary River facing north from Kidd Bridge on Saturday morning.
The Mary River facing north from Kidd Bridge on Saturday morning. Frances Klein

"Further localised rainfall is possible during Saturday but not expected to produce river level rises above the minor flood level," the statement said.

Flooding is no longer expected in the following catchments: Dawson and Don Rivers, Calliope River, Boyne River, Baffle Creek, Kolan River, Burnett River, Burrum and Cherwell Rivers, Mary River, Noosa River, and Sunshine Coast Rivers and Creeks.

The update said no further watches will be issued for this particular event.

 

A creek at The Dawn.
A creek at The Dawn. Frances Klein

The Mary River at Gympie was reported at a height of 2.69m and still rising as at 6:51am, which was still 7.21m below the bridge.

Cooroora Ck at Pomona (Subway Av) was 0.15m above the road and falling at 11:27am, and Six Mile Ck at Lake MacDonald Dam was 0.47m above the spillway at 11:33am.

Minor flooding was reported at Six Mile Creek at Lake MacDonald Dr at 10:58am, but the 4.05m water level was falling.

44.6mm of rain was reported in the Gympie gauge through 9am on October 12, an equalling the monthly peak.

For all the latest river heights see www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDQ60287.html#mary

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