Douglas Crossley watches the Mary River rise at the marina Thursday afternoon.
Douglas Crossley watches the Mary River rise at the marina Thursday afternoon. Robyne Cuerel

Expect delays on flooded Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rd

UPDATE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28: PEOPLE travelling along Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rd are being warned to expect delays, with water over the road at St Helens and Saltwater Creek Bridge.

Traffic control is in place but traffic has become backed up for several kilometres in each direction.

EARLIER: Power has been restored to 900 of the 1000 homes that lost power in Granville this morning.

EARLIER: ERGON Energy has cut power to almost 1000 homes in Granville after a pole began to lean in fast-moving floodwaters.

Crews are currently working to reinstate power to most of the homes by re-routing the electricity supply from other feeder lines.

However, full restoration is not expected until floodwaters recede so the pole can be straightened.

About 20 customers elsewhere in Maryborough have also been disconnected to ensure public safety.

EARLIER: THE Mary River has peaked at 8m in Maryborough this morning, with levels expected to remain steady for the rest of the day.

The latest warning from Bureau of Meteorology, issed at 9:21am, said the river levels would then begin to ease this evening and overnight.

The next warning will be issued at 12pm.

EARLIER: THE Fraser Coast Disaster Coordination Centre has said the Mary River was expected to peak in Maryborough at about 9am Thursday.

The peak was predicted to be 8.5m, considered to be moderate flooding.

The next update on the Mary River will be issued by the Bureau of Meteorology at 10am.

EARLIER: MAJOR flood levels are nearing a peak at Tiaro of 16.4 metres while Maryborough is still expected to peak at 8.5m sometime Thursday morning.

Bureau of Meteorolgy issued its latest warning at 7am and said moderate flood levels were now easing in other areas.

Traffic control is in place on Saltwater Creek Rd near St Helens State School with one lane closed due to water over the road.

Visit http://131940.qld.gov.au to stay updated on road closures.

EARLIER: The Mary River is now expected to peak at 8.5m, almost a metre higher than the previous peak expected.

Fraser Coast Disaster Coordination Centre warned people on its Facebook page the river would reach 8m in the early hours of this morning before peaking sometime during the day.

Bureau of Meteorology said in its latest flooding warning at 10:16pm on Wednesday night major flood levels had peaked at 13.32m in Tinana Creek at Bauple East.

The next warning will be issued at 7am.

Eerie calm over The Pockets area as river inches closer

EARLIER:AN EERIE calm hung over The Pocket area of Maryborough yesterday as the Mary River inched closer and closer to clusters of homes.

By nightfall, the river had claimed a handful of homes and businesses on the lower end of Kent and Alice streets and more were expected to go under in the area mid-morning today when the river peaks at 7.5m to 7.75m.

At that level, about 30 homes were likely to be affected.

The SES started doorknocking early to ensure those who might be inundated were able to move to higher ground with plenty of time to spare.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the river was not expected to exceed 7.75m, provided no unprecedented rain fell locally or in the Mary River catchments over the next couple of days.

"It's important people stay abreast of the situation ... because it can change within an hour," he said.

Bureau of Meteorology's Ken Kato said there was no prolonged heavy rain expected today, but wet weather was on the way.

"If the Fraser Coast is unlucky it might cop an isolated shower (today)," he said.

"Showers will be increasing on Friday and hanging around Saturday. Generally speaking the Fraser Coast may see around 25 to 50mm."

Fraser Coast Regional Council and Queensland Fire and Rescue teams will be on standby to start washing down roads and footpaths to clear flood mud and debris, with water expected to start receding this afternoon.

Once the water level drops below 5.5 metres crews will be able to concentrate on opening the Granville Bridge, and when it reaches 4.5 metres, work can start on opening the Lamington Bridge.

But a council spokesman said no time frame was available for when the bridges will open, as it depended on how quickly the water drained away, and whether more rain fell. Speed restrictions will apply on both bridges.

A number of roads remained closed yesterday evening including the Bruce Hwy at Gympie, Maryborough-Biggenden Rd, Maryborough Cooloola Rd and Mungar Rd.



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