MARY St businesses are bracing for a major flood event with the Mary River tipped to reach a level of a least 17m Sunday night and possibly 18m sometime Monday.
An 18m flood would put water into Mary St as high as Tom Grady's Real Estate.
The Bureau of Meteorology says heavy rainfall is continuing in the Mary River catchment, though a slow clearance from the north is taking place.
Further heavy rainfall of 75-100mm is expected over the upper catchment during Sunday.
At present, widespread flooding, including areas of major flooding, are occurring across the catchment.
Moderate to major flooding is expected at Gympie during Sunday.
Major flood levels are also expected at Maryborough during Monday.
Upstream of Gympie:
Minor flooding and strong river rises are occurring at Moy Pocket and Dagun Pocket. Moderate to major flood levels are expected at Moy Pocket and Dagun Pocket during Sunday.
Moderate flood levels are rising strongly at Gympie. Major flood level (17m) is likely to be exceeded Sunday evening. Depending on future rainfall, a peak above 18 metres is expected during Monday at Gympie.
Gympie to Maryborough:
Major flooding is expected during Sunday morning at Miva, with major flood levels at Tiaro rising further.
Minor flood levels will continue to rise at Maryborough during Sunday, with moderate flood levels expected from
Sunday evening and major flood levels during Monday.
Predicted River Heights/Flows:
Gympie: Exceed major flood level (17 metres) Sunday evening, peak above 18 metres during Monday.
Maryborough: Exceed moderate level (8 metres) Sunday evening. Exceed major flood level (9 metres) during Monday.
For the latest weather information see: www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts
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