The Gympie Times - - FRONT PAGE -

A FLOOD watch was is­sued for wa­ter­ways be­tween Glad­stone and Sunshine Coast in­clud­ing Gympie ahead of sig­nif­i­cant rain last night.

The BoM has ad­vised mi­nor flood­ing is pos­si­ble across the flood watch area this week­end.

High rain­fall was fore­cast for last night and ex­pected to con­tinue dur­ing to­day.

Mi­nor flood­ing is pos­si­ble across the flood watch area and iso­lated heav­ier rain­fall may lead to lo­calised flood­ing.

As the northern and south­ern ex­tents of the flood watch are ex­pected to get less rain, fall totals, sig­nif­i­cant river level rises in these ar­eas is less likely.

The heav­i­est rain­fall was ex­pected to be­gin across in­land ar­eas, in­clud­ing the Don, Dee and Up­per Bur­nett river catch­ments last night and ex­tend to the coast to­day.

There is a high chance of show­ers to­mor­row.

Given the lag in the river sys­tems, flood­ing in ar­eas lower in the catch­ments may worsen even if the rain eases. That flood­ing could then ease as the lower catch­ment drains.

The dry con­di­tions across the area are ex­pected to re­duce the risk of sig­nif­i­cant runoff.

Rain­fall totals and river rises are ex­pected to be less than in the Wide Bay catch­ments in Oc­to­ber last year. Catch­ments likely to be af­fected in­clude the Mary River and Sunshine Coast rivers, creeks.

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