Alli Duggan, co-owner of Allikats with her husband Andrew, says it's awesome to see the rain coming down.
Alli Duggan, co-owner of Allikats with her husband Andrew, says it's awesome to see the rain coming down. Robyne Cuerel

Up to 50mm of rain forecast to fall on Wednesday

RELIEF is on the horizon for the drought-declared Fraser Coast, with more than 23mm of rain recorded on Tuesday and more on its way.

However, residents were warned to be wary of too much rain in too little time.

Emergency services have warned intense rainfalls could lead to creeks, drains and causeways flooding.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services reminded residents after a dry summer that if a road is flooded, they must find an alternative route.

Readers reported water across part of the Charlton Esplanade, near the harbour in Urangan, on Tuesday.

Fraser Coast disaster co-ordinator Mal Churchill said there was no indication in the forecasts that flooding was likely.

He said if the rain fell over a longer period, the drought-stricken ground would soak up the majority of it.

However, he said large rainfalls in a short amount of time could lead to flash flooding in localised areas.

"You do need to be alert," he said.

Up to 50mm of rain has been forecast to fall on the Fraser Coast on Wednesday and anywhere from 50mm-150mm is expected to fall on Thursday.

Mr Churchill said primary producers in particular were begging for rain.

"It is long overdue," he said.

Burton's Fraser Coast Milk owner Jenny Burton is among the farmers getting desperate for rain.

She said her son Dion had been fertilising the grass in anticipating of the rain.

Irrigation was cut off to the Burton's farm and dozens of others in February.

Rainfall on Tuesday to 4pm:

  • Maryborough - 23.4mm
  • Hervey Bay - 25.6mm


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