Floodwaters uplift a causeway on Diggings Road, Imbil.
Floodwaters uplift a causeway on Diggings Road, Imbil. Tanya Easterby

Motorists urged to take it easy as flooding affects roads

GYMPIE region motorists are advised to avoid flood-affected roads and drive to the conditions as minor flooding continues to impact areas of the region.

The Gympie Regional Council reports that road surfaces have deteriorated and some roads remain cut due to localised and minor flooding.

Closed roads include:
•         Tin Can Bay Road at Coondoo Bridge
•         Amamoor Creek Road and Yabba Creek Road crossings
•         Fishermans Pocket Road, near Dobbo's Road
•         Noosa Road, near the Speedway
•         Traveston Crossing Road at the Traveston Crossing Bridge
•         Walkers Road at Walkers Bridge
•         Widgee Crossing Road at Gympie Creek.

The Forestry section of Counter Road is also closed due to flood damage.

For road closure updates, visit Gympie Regional Council's website at www.gympie.qld.gov.au or tune into your local ABC radio station. To report flood-affected and damaged roads, call council on 1300 307 800.

Conditions are expected to ease further today, with the Bureau of Meteorology's next update due around midday. For the latest Queensland flood information, call the bureau direct on 1300 659 219 or www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood.


Minor flooding only for the Mary River today

THE clean-up is still underway in Gympie following last week's flood, but there is only minor flooding in the Mary River today.

To the east, Coondoo Cr bridge was flooded this morning, cutting traffic to the Cooloola Coast, but it is expected to open today sometime, possibly this morning.

A minor flood peak of 9.2m is expected at Gympie today, which means Kidd Bridge may go under but Normanby Bridge will remain clear and open.

At Lower Wonga to the west some families are still cut off by flooded causeways and severely eroded gravel roads. The Gympie Regional Council is prioritizing its repair program.

Showers are expected for the region for the rest of the week, and The Gympie Times is still trying to confirm reports of another rain system descending on the region this weekend.

"Death by a thousand watery cuts'', says Gympie MP

GYMPIE politicians believe the town's famous resilience is being threatened by the sheer frequency of flood events.

"It's death by a thousand watery cuts," said state member David Gibson.

He's calling for a detailed flood study of the town to be carried out by the end of June, to give the town some direction and reassurance that it hadn't been forgotten.

"I don't think any other place in Queensland has had five floods in two years, four in 12 months, and two of those back-to-back in the last four weeks," said Mr Gibson.

"It's a no-brainer, we need a flood study.''

The call has the backing of local councillor Rae Gâté, who worked with evacuees and in community support during the most recent flood events.


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