Luke Painter, who lives in a houseboat on the Mary River, will be watching river’s levels.
Luke Painter, who lives in a houseboat on the Mary River, will be watching river’s levels. Carlie Walker

Mary River businesses on high flood alert

PREPARATIONS for expected flooding have kept residents near the Mary River busy for the past few days.

A cyclone Marcia loomed on Friday, John Kennedy, manager of the Wallace Caravan and Motel, said he was comfortable the business was prepared for a flood up to 8m or 9m.

"I'm almost 100% sure there will be flooding - to what extent is the big unknown," he said.

Fraser Coast Disaster planning co-ordinator Mal Churchill said expected flood levels of 5-6m might increase depending on where the rain fell.

"The Mary River's level may increase further if we get enough run-off from other creeks between here and Gympie," he said.

"But as a general rule, whatever Gympie gets, we get half the amount from the Mary."

Maryborough's Luke Painter, who for four years has lived in a houseboat at the marina, said he was waiting to see what the extent of the flooding would be before making any decisions about potentially pulling his boat out of the water.

"When you're sailing, you live very close to nature anyway," he said.