Booral Road near Main Street was closed yesterday and police were warning motorists not to drive through as wet weather pounded the Fraser Coast.
Booral Road near Main Street was closed yesterday and police were warning motorists not to drive through as wet weather pounded the Fraser Coast.

Tanks for the rain

FRASER Coast residents may be buffeted by wind gusts of more than 70kmh today as an encore to the drenching rain that soaked the region overnight on Tuesday.

Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said the drier westerlies were taking over and would become “quite strong” with a chance that gusts could reach more than 70kmh later today.

Mr Dutschke said the most intense part of the weather passed through Maryborough about 9.30pm on Tuesday about half an hour before it swept through Hervey Bay.

Plenty of people, including Nikenbah resident Kerrie Alexander, were celebrating yesterday after waking up to refilled tanks and dams.

“The rain couldn’t have come at a better time because we live off the water from our tanks and they were down to half,” she said. “It would have only been a few weeks before we’d have to spend hundreds of dollars on a water delivery.”

Ms Alexander said their front dam was six metres deep but had dropped a few inches in the recent dry spell.

“It’s great to see it overflowing but the most exciting part about the heavy downpour is that I get to have an extra long shower tonight,” she said.

Flooding was causing traffic headaches yesterday with Booral Road near Main Street and Woods Road near Booral Road closed for much of yesterday.

Some motorists ignored the road closure signs, which Hervey Bay Police Senior Constable Leanne Nelis labelled plain stupidity.

She said it was particularly hazardous at night and it was important for people unfamiliar with the area to pay attention to road signs or for locals to avoid areas they knew would flood.

People didn’t realise areas were floodways and sailed through at speed, she said.



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