Rain and king tides mix it up
A COMBINATION of king tides over the past few days and the heavy rainfall remnants of Cyclone Olga pulled water on to the coast and brought good and bad news to the district yesterday.
Trees were brought crashing down, houses sprang leaks in their roofs, big waters chewed away beaches and farmers were rubbing their hands with glee as their crops drank up the rain.
At least one community event had to be postponed due to the weather.
Ironically, the World Wetlands Day free community event at Baldwin Swamp to be held today had to be put off until Friday because it was too wet.
Last night’s turtle tour at Mon Repos beach also had to be cancelled.
Several trees blown down by high winds cut roads across the district, a Bundaberg Regional Council spokeswoman said.
They included one across the Bruce Highway, about 20km south of Gin Gin.
The spokeswoman said council staff quickly cleared the obstructions.
Power was also cut to 632 customers in Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy after a tree fell across power lines near the headland yesterday afternoon.
The power was quickly restored, an Ergon Energy spokesman said.
The weather also brought problems to the district’s beaches.
Surf Life Saving Queensland regional manager Craig Holden said both Kelly’s Beach and Agnes Water Beach were closed yesterday because of the high tide and debris that had been washed into the sea.
Beaches were also being hit by erosion yesterday which Mr Holden said was worsening as the surf increased.
“There’s nothing we can do. We just have to let nature take its course,” he said.
Mr Holden said a decision on whether to reopen the beaches would be taken today.
The weather also caused problems for householders.
SES Bundaberg controller Bill Daniels said crews were called out to help residents in Innes Park, Thabeban and Norville whose roofs had sprung leaks.
There was also some localised flooding at houses in Bargara, he said.
But Isis Canegrowers chairman Joe Russo was relishing the rain yesterday, which he said was just in time to give a much-needed boost to the cane crop.
Mr Russo said yesterday afternoon he had measured nearly 100mm of rain on his property since 7am yesterday morning.
“This rain came at an ideal time,” he said.
“This sets the crop up – what could have been a medium crop is now going to be much better.”
The wet weather is set to continue today, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
Senior meteorologist Michelle Berry said the heavy rain was expected to continue throughout the day, possibly easing off on Wednesday.
Showers would probably continue into Thursday.
Ms Berry said late yesterday afternoon Bundaberg had had 50mm of rain since 9am.
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