All eyes on Mary after M’boro battered by rain
THREE Fraser Coast rivers are on flood watch after Maryborough was hammered by its heaviest downpour in 232 days.
The Bureau of Meteorology recorded 58.2mm in the 24 hours from Thursday 9am, the Heritage City’s biggest singleday drenching since 137.4mm was recorded on February 22.
Hervey Bay received only 15.2mm in the same period as the intense storm skirted the coastal city en route to the Sandy Strait.
Yesterday’s relentless rain and forecast totals of up to 100mm today spurred the BOM to put every coastal river between Gladstone and the Sunshine Coast on flood watch.
All eyes will be on the Mary, Burrum and Cherwell rivers, but while minor flood levels are possible, the BOM expects rainfall totals and river heights across Wide Bay to be lower than the event in October last year.
CLOSING IN: Ominous clouds roll in across 3 Mile Rd, Tinana