HIP HIP A RAIN: Sisters Mikael, 12 and Danika, 10, Richardson took time before school to check out the overflow of the Teddington Weir.
HIP HIP A RAIN: Sisters Mikael, 12 and Danika, 10, Richardson took time before school to check out the overflow of the Teddington Weir. Robyne Cuerel

Hervey Bay had 10 months worth of rain in one night

THE equivalent of 10 months of water supply for Hervey Bay fell into Lenthalls Dam thanks to heavy rain on Thursday night.

Teddington Weir, which supplies Maryborough, was also overflowing yesterday.

Wide Bay Water chief executive officer Peter Care said Lenthalls Dam rose by 1.4m and was still rising yesterday afternoon.

He said the rainfall was equal to 10 months of water supply.

Mr Care said Teddington Weir was also continuing to rise after overflowing by about 500mm.

"It's good to see rain at long last but we can still do with a little more to top Lenthall's up," he said.

It took only two days of rain for the weir to overflow after months of dry weather and drought-declaration.

Teddington resident Jason Richardson said a week ago, the water level was at least a metre below the weir wall.

"It was as low as I'd ever seen it," he said.

Yesterday, Mr Richardson and his daughters stopped to appreciate the rapid increase as water spilled over the wall and on to Teddington Rd.

He said his own rain gauges showed 230mm of rain had fallen since earlier this week, and 123mm of that had fallen on Thursday night alone.

Mr Richardson predicted Teddington Rd would be blocked for some time yet, but said residents cared more for the rain than about the road blockage.

Other roads affected by the heavy rainfall included Booral Rd in Hervey Bay and the Torbanlea-Pialba Rd.

However, the Fraser Coast escaped much of the damage the rainfall brought to places such as the Sunshine Coast.

There were only two call-outs for the Fraser Coast SES during the heavy rain.

Rainfall

  • Maryborough 9am Thursday to 9am Friday - 91.2mm
  • Hervey Bay 9am Thursday to 9am Friday - 49.6mm


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