Kerrie Alexander from Nikenbah, with her dogs Tallis and Webcke, has full tanks and a full dam after Tuesday night’s downpour.
Kerrie Alexander from Nikenbah, with her dogs Tallis and Webcke, has full tanks and a full dam after Tuesday night’s downpour. Alistair Brightman

Rain tops up tanks

THE BEST downpour in two years has topped up tanks and dams on the Fraser Coast this week but it’ll be back to summer temperatures at the weekend.

Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said Hervey Bay’s 100mm of rain in the 24 hours to 9am yesterday and Maryborough’s 70mm were the best falls in a 24-hour period for two years.

“There hasn’t been a 70mm 24-hour period in August in Maryborough since 1901,” he said. “In Hervey Bay there was a wetter August day only three years ago.”

Booral Road near Main Street and Woods Road near Booral Road were under water and closed yesterday while Torbanlea Road near the school was also flooded.

A spate of road accidents kept emergency services busy and police have asked motorists to drive to conditions and obey signs.

The highest wind gust recorded in Maryborough during the overnight deluge was 54kmh, according to the Bureau of Meteorology website, while a Rocky Street tyre business was left counting the cost of three twisted a metal roller doors.

But fine weather ahead has been predicted with the days gradually warming to about 25 degrees in Maryborough on Sunday and 26 to 27 in Hervey Bay.



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