UPDATE: Mary River set to exceed minor flood level at Tiaro

UPDATE: The Mary River is expected to exceed minor flood levels at Tiaro as rain continues to fall on the Fraser Coast.

A flood warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology said that rainfall totals between 50mm and 150mm had been recorded in the Mary River catchment, with rainfall expected to continue duringTuesday.

Minor flooding is likely along the Mary River at Gympie, Miva and Tiaro.

At Miva the river was at 2.70m about 9.20pm. River levels may exceed the minor flood level of 6m on Tuesday.

At Tiaro the river was at 3m and rising at 9.20pm.

The Mary River is likely to exceed the minor flood level of 6m on Tuesday morning.

The Mary River at Maryborough is not expected to exceed the minor flood level of 5m.


UPDATE, 8.55PM: A moderate flood warning has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for the Burrum and Cherwell rivers catchment.

Moderate flood levels are possible in the Cherwell River at Pacific Haven and minor flood levels possible in the Burrum River at Howard on Tuesday morning.

Rainfall totals of 30 to 90mm have been recorded in the Burrum and Cherwell catchments in the 24 hours to 9am on Monday.

Since 9am on Monday, further rainfall totals of 20 to 50mm have been recorded.

Rainfall is expected to continue in the catchment overnight.

Moderate flooding may happen along the Burrum and Cherwell rivers.

The Burrum River at Howard is currently at 5.66m and rising.

River levels at Howard may exceed the minor flood level early Tuesday morning.

The Cherwell River at Pacific Haven is currently at 2.08m and rising with the tide.

The Cherwell River is likely to exceed the minor flood level of 2.50m overnight.

The river level may exceed the moderate flood level of 3m on Tuesday morning.

The predictions are based on forecast rainfall.

For flood emergency assistance, call the SES on 132 500.

For life threatening emergencies, call 000.

EARLIER: If heavy rains continue overnight and into Tuesday, three Fraser Coast rivers will reach at least minor flood levels.

The Mary, Cherwell and Burrum rivers could all flood if predicted rain arrives, according to a spokesman from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Fraser Coast Councillor Rolf Light, who holds the Disaster Management Portfolio, said there was no need for people to panic buy, urging people to instead prepare themselves and their homes for continued wet weather.

He said the region's disaster management committee was on standby and ready to help with any issues that might be encountered across the Fraser Coast as a result of the heavy rain.

Cr Light said part of the challenge was that it was unclear how much more rain the area would receive.

"It's just so hard to tell."

He said there was a big difference between receiving a lot of rain over a few days compared to a lot of rain over a few hours.

Cr Light urged people to stay up to date with weather alerts and avoid flooded roads.