Towns set to be cut off as the Mary River and creeks rise

WITH an estimated 900mm of rain falling in Poona in one month this year, residents are well and truly used to floods.

The town is one of dozens of small communities facing isolation as the heavy rain and rising Mary River are likely to cut them off from the rest of the Fraser Coast.

Poona Rd, which connects the town to both Maryborough and Tin Can Bay, was cut off on Monday afternoon.

Poona Caravan Park owner Don Wallace said residents were using a forestry track to get on to the Maryborough-Cooloola Rd to get access to supplies.

He said they would still have access to Tin Can Bay even when Granville bridge was closed.

Mr Wallace said a resident had recorded rainfalls of 900mm from January 20 to February 20 in the town.

"We had 400mm only last week when Maryborough got 50mm," Mr Wallace said.

"Everything is just saturated."

He said other small communities in the area, such as Maaroom, were still able to access the Maryborough-Cooloola Rd.

In Tiaro, it was business as usual yesterday despite both the Bruce Hwy being cut heading south and the Mungar Rd bridge being under more than 3m of water.

The bridge only reopened on Friday following the previous floods, forcing workers who live on the other side of the bridge to travel through Maryborough to get into town.

Tiaro Foodworks owner Darren Sweetnam said the town had not been impacted too much yesterday, but if the Chinaman Creek rose overnight they would be isolated. A peak of 12m was expected in the Mary River at Tiaro on Tuesday evening.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned the river would continue to rise at Tiaro on Wedensday.

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