Remote townships hit hard by thunderstorms

THE main road linking the Fraser Coast to Biggenden was cut due to flash flooding on Saturday night, leaving a long line of cars stranded on either side.

The outlying regions of the Fraser Coast received more than 100mm of rain on Friday night, and 130mm on Saturday afternoon.

Drivers were left stranded in Tiaro on Friday afternoon about 4.30pm as heavy rain and wind made it impossible for many to drive safely.

Water covered Maryborough-Biggenden Road near the town of Boompa at about 8pm on Saturday, but it had receded by Sunday morning.

Thousands of homes in townships scattered across the south-west region were left without power over the weekend, as the severe thunderstorms hit the areas and made their way east.

Ergon continues to return power to homes in outlying areas.

Residents in areas close to creek crossings are urged to prepare for isolation due to flash flooding as heavy rain is expected to continue in the region for the next week.

People in these areas were also reminded by emergency services to never attempt to drive through flood waters.