Flood disaster as Seth leaves traces – latest update – free story
A Sunshine Coast man has died, roads and highways are cut and vehicles washed away in flooded streams as major flooding hits the neighboring Gympie region to the north and west.
The dead, 22, was found in his vehicle on Saturday morning, apparently after being washed away by Cherry Tree Road, near the epicenter of heavy rainfall in Kanigan.
The Bureau of Meteorology warned of probable major flooding in Maryborough on Sunday morning, as significant flooding is reported in Miva and Tiaro, as well as in the western districts of Gympie from Kilkivan and Woolooga to Goomeri.
Gympie Regional Council has announced the opening of evacuation centers in Kilkivan and Goomeri Halls as severe flooding affects neighboring districts and cuts or damages some roads.
More than 650mm fell at Mount Kanigan, in one of the worst affected areas, as emergency teams scramble to check the safety of others, who are said to be stranded by the flooding and extreme rainfall.
Continuous rain added to heavy falls yesterday and overnight, adding to previous heavy rainfall.
The Mary River at Dagun Pocket is currently reported to be 12.64m and rising, with minor flooding. The river level is expected to peak around the moderate flood level (13m) overnight Saturday through Sunday, according to the office.
The Mary River at Gympie is currently 12.01 m high and rising, with moderate flooding. The Mary River at Gympie can peak between 13.5m and 14m overnight from Saturday to Sunday.
Six Mile Creek:
Strong creek level rises were observed in the upper portions of Six Mile Creek, with minor flooding at Cooran and Lake MacDonald Drive.
Mary River downstream from Gympie:
Major flooding is expected along the Mary River below Gympie.
The Mary River at Miva is currently 19.77m and stable, with major flooding. The Mary River at Miva is expected to remain above the major flood level (15.5m) overnight Saturday through Sunday.
The Mary River at Tiaro is currently 18.9m and rising, with major flooding. The river at Tiaro is expected to remain above the major flood level (12m) overnight from Saturday to Sunday.
The Mary River at Maryborough will exceed the moderate flood level (8m) overnight Saturday through Sunday. The level of the river is likely to exceed the level of major flood (9 m) in the late morning Sunday.
Strong creek level rises are observed in the upper portions of the Tinana Creek watershed, with major flooding on Tagigan Road.
Safety tips in the event of a flood:
Remember: if it’s flooded, forget it. For emergency flood assistance, contact SES on 132,500. For life-threatening emergencies, immediately call Triple Zero (000).
Current emergency information is available at www.qld.gov.au / alerts
The next warning will be issued at 10 p.m.
Last heights of the river:
Location Height of river (m) Trend Date / time of observation
Obi Obi Ck at Baroon Pocket Dam Alert -0.12 Stable 5:12 PM SAT 01/08/22
Mary R at Conondale Alert 2.10 Stable 17:11 SAM 08/01/22
Mary R at Bellbird Creek TM 2.89 Landline 5:20 PM SAM 08/01/22
Mary R at Kenilworth H / S Alert 3.70 Chute 17:38 SAT 01/08/22
Mary R at Moy Pocket TM 9.26 Falling 17:20 PM SAT 08/01/22
Yabba Ck at Borumba Dam Alert HW 1.41 Fall 4:44 PM SAT 01/08/22
Yabba Ck at Imbil 5.04 Fall Alert 17:22 SAM 08/01/22
Kandanga Ck at Hygait TM 5.04 Chute 17:20 SAT 01/08/22
Mary R at Dagun Pocket Alert 12.64 Rising 17:43 SAT 01/08/22
Six Mile Ck at Lake MacDonald Dam Alert 95.74 Fixed 5:30 p.m. SAT 01/08/22
Six Mile Ck at Cooran TM 7.77 Rising 5:20 PM SAT 01/08/22
Deep ck at Cedar Pocket Dam Alert HW 101.56 Stable 17:26 SAM 08/01/22
Mary R at Gympie Alert 12.01 Rising 17:38 SAT 01/08/22
Mary R at Fisherman’s Pocket TM 13.71 Landline 5:20 PM SAT 01/08/22
Wide Bay Ck to Brooyar TM 9.38 Falling 17:20 PM SAT 08/01/22
Mary R at Miva TM 19.77 Stable 5:00 PM SAT 01/08/22
Munna Ck at Marodian TM 16.97 Stable 17:10 SAT 01/08/22
Mary R at Home Park 21.22 Stable 17:15 SAT 01/08/22
Mary R at Tiaro Alert 18.90 Fall 17:45 SAT 01/08/22
Mary River at Owanyilla Alert 12.55 Rising 17:46 PM SAT 01/08/22
Mary R at Barrage TM 11:15 Rising 5:05 PM SAT 01/08/22
Tinana Ck at Tagigan Rd 5.68 Stable 17:20 SAT 01/08/22
Tinana Ck at Bauple East TM 11.25 Rising 17:10 SAT 01/08/22
Tinana Ck at Teddington Weir TM 10.90 Fall 17:44 SAT 01/08/22
Tinana Ck at Tinana Barrage TM 6.28 Rising 5:00 PM SAT 01/08/22
Mary R at Maryborough 5.90 Rising 3:40 PM SAT 01/08/22
Mary R at Portside Alert 6.51 Rising 17:43 PM SAT 08/01/22
This advice is also available by dialing 1300 659 210. Warning, rainfall and river information is available at www.bom.gov.au / qld / flood. The latest weather forecasts are available on www.bom.gov.au / qld / forecasts.