Surfers, including Jack Rigbye, took advantage of some rare waves in Hervey Bay yesterday.
Surfers, including Jack Rigbye, took advantage of some rare waves in Hervey Bay yesterday. VALERIE HORTON

Big wet not going away yet

SAND bags are being piled up and tarps readied in emergency service depots across the Fraser Coast as rain continues to lash the region this week.

The Wide Bay and Burnett can expect moderate to heavy falls as a monsoon trough works its way across western Qld before it is expected to weaken near Yeppoon later in the week.

The Bureau of Meteorology yesterday issued a severe weather warning for the district with winds of up to 33 knots and seas reaching three metres.

Today conditions are expected to ease although showers will continue through to the weekend.

BOM senior forecaster Bryan Rolstone said there was a chance of flooding across the Fraser Coast with a rain band north of Rockhampton heading south.

He has advised residents to watch out for river warnings by continually checking the bureau website,

Echoing his advice is State Emergency Service Maryborough controller Helen Scott, who says people need to take extra precautions in stormy weather.

“Unless it’s essential do not drive. Be extremely careful, don’t just go like a bull at a gate. If there is flooding do not attempt to cross it.”

Parents also need to be aware of where their children are, Ms Scott says, and make sure they are not playing in flood waters.

“It’s not just little children either, 12 to 13-year-olds who think it looks great to ride a bike through water ... be aware of the dangers.”

To be prepared for storms, Ms Scott advises residents to clear gutters, put valuables in a secure place and make sure pets are looked after. She says people need to be ready to leave their homes in case of an emergency.

As rain lashed the Fraser Coast, Ms Scott and her colleagues were crossing their fingers for no major problems. She is expecting localised flooding and says crews are preparing sand bags and tarps in case residents request them.

As the SES paid close attention to the weather patterns yesterday, other residents lapped up the conditions. Keen surfers enjoyed the high tide in the Bay while kite boarders made the most of the winds.

Weather watcher Doug Waters from Burrum Heads said the tide was six inches higher than it was on Sunday when it reached 4.28m. He said that instead of dropping yesterday it had risen and he believed it was the highest it had been in 18 years, including during the 1992 flood.

As for power outages, Ergon Energy has not been inundated with calls although it did disconnect a council power box at Seafront Oval after a resident noticed smoke coming from it.

Residents concerned about a storm or flood damage can call the SES on 132 500 or triple-0 if the situation is life threatening. During flood times people can visit while road conditions are available by calling RACQ on 1300 130 595.

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