Floodwater closes Bruce Hwy near Tiaro on Sunday

AS HEAVY rain hit the Fraser Coast, the Bruce Hwy between Tiaro and Maryborough and Tiaro and Bauple were closed on Sunday afternoon, causing lengthy delays for motorists.

Police said floodwater covered the highway about 3km south of Tiaro and 5km south of Pineapple Hill.

A Chronicle reader on Facebook said they lived right where the highway was cut off at Owanyilla and had 125mm of rain in an hour.

A Howard resident reported 55mm of rain fell in half and hour from 5.30pm on Sunday.

Bureau of Meteorology figures showed Lenthalls Dam had risen more than 2m in four days, climbing from 23.3m on Wednesday, March 26, to almost 25.5m by 6pm on Sunday.

The bureau also recorded 25mm of rain in Maryborough up until 5pm but no rain had been recorded in Hervey Bay until 5pm, as a storm approached the city.

In Gympie 28mm of rain had fallen, with a minor flood warning current for the Mary River on Sunday afternoon.

According to a statement from the Bureau of Meteorology, moderate to heavy rainfalls in the Six Mile Creek and Mary River catchment between Gympie and Tiaro on Sunday afternoon caused the Mary River to rise at Gympie and renewed rises were a possibility overnight.

Meanwhile, creek levels at Tinana Creek were said to be easing between Bauple East and Tinana Barrage.

Police said the Bruce Hwy was reopened by 7.10pm on Sunday.

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