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M'boro bears brunt of wild storm which wreaks havoc

A car is crushed by an uprooted tree in the Station Square car park during a storm which dumped more than 50mm rain on Maryborough.
A car is crushed by an uprooted tree in the Station Square car park during a storm which dumped more than 50mm rain on Maryborough. Alistair Brightman

A CAR was crushed by a falling tree, a roof was partially ripped off, cars were submerged by flash flooding on Alice St and powerlines were downed throughout Maryborough as a wild storm hit the Fraser Coast yesterday afternoon.

The clean-up will continue well into today after the storm brought strong winds and rain, with Maryborough bearing the brunt.

A spokesman said police had responded to a variety of emergencies, with a tree falling on a car at Maryborough's Station Square Shopping Centre.

Powerlines were down in several streets, roads were flooded and trees and branches had come down on properties.

Police said there were reports a car was damaged when a Hungry Jacks sign hit it at the storm's height.

More than 50mm fell in Maryborough during the storm and a Tinana resident reported 55mm of rain there.

Maryborough State Emergency Service volunteer Helen Scott said the service had received nine call-outs, with the roof partially blown off Maryborough Baptist Church in Fort St.

Ms Scott said a doctor's surgery in Alice St also reported water coming in through the roof, while others reported trees down on their properties.

Rob Rehbein, media spokesman for Ergon Energy, said about 2000 homes had been left without power, with Tinana the area most affected by outages.

To see more than 50 photos submitted by readers, visit the Chronicle's Facebook page and scroll down to the post made about 4pm on Monday.

Much-needed rain

  • Maryborough received 50.8mm of rain during Monday's storm
  • Hervey Bay received 9.4mm of rain on Monday

Topics:  blackouts, flash flooding, hervey bay, maryborough, storm



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