Flood watch on Mary

A flood watch was put in place for Gympie and tributaries of the Mary River on Tuesday - but don't panic - that doesn't mean it will flood, just that the BOM are keeping an eye on it. Photo: FILE

Heavy rainfall between Bundaberg and Lismore meant the Bureau of Meteorology placed a flood watch on many South East rivers, including the Mary River earlier this week.

The Bureau points out a Flood Watch doesn’t mean minor, moderate or major flooding is imminent, it simply means they are keeping an eye on river heights.

At the time of the printing, the Bureau was predicting the rains in this region to ease as the week progressed, but there was still a chance of heavy downpours possible, potentially creating flash-flooding and road closures, therefore residents were advised to exercise extra caution on the roads and not drive through flooded areas.

On Tuesday afternoon, Six Mile Creek at Cooran and Cooroy was rising, as was Obi Obi Creek and the Mary River in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

Yabba Creek at Borumba Dam was also rising slowly but at that stage there were no expectations of flooding at any of those sites, save flash flooding from sudden deluges.

“Catchments within the Flood Watch area are moderately wet following rainfall over the past few weeks,” a statement from the BOM said.

“Catchments (including the Mary River Catchment) will be relatively responsive to rainfall, particularly those that have experienced flooding over the last week.

“Localised river level rises and flash flooding are likely within the areas of heaviest rainfall, with isolated minor to moderate riverine flooding possible.

“A severe weather warning for heavy to locally intense rainfall is current for Southeast Queensland covering parts of the Flood Watch area.

“Flooding may result in disruption to transport routes and isolation of some communities.”

Rainfall in areas overnight on Monday was recorded as 19mm at Borumba, 26mm at Moy Pocket, 49mm at Kenilworth, 44mm at Conondale, 72mm at Obi Obi Lookout, 91mm at Baroon Pocket and 88mm at Maleny.