Bundy braces for big wet
THE dreary start to the school holidays is expected to continue for a few days, with rain forecast until at least tomorrow.
The long-predicted rain finally started falling yesterday morning, with Bundaberg receiving 34mm by 4pm.
Just before 9.30am yesterday, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the region but was cancelled just before 2.30pm.
“The heavier rain is expected until today and will ease this afternoon and on Wednesday,” Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Mike Marrinan said.
“We are expecting moderate to heavy falls, which could be significant.”
Mr Marrinan warned people to take care on the roads during the wet.
“It's going to be heavy, so creeks are going to rise rapidly. Be careful as there may be water on the road from overflowing gutters and creeks rising fast,” he said.
But the heavy rains might not be welcome for some.
Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers executive officer Peter Peterson said growers would be happy with the rain as long as it cleared up within a week.
“Growers are harvesting at the moment, so the rain gets in the way of getting to the fruit,” he said.
“Also, having extended periods of rain gets in the way of managing diseases, which thrive in the wet weather, because they can't get on to the property to look after their plants.”
The rain has also interrupted the cane crush, with mills expected to shut down some time last night.
“Before this event we had been targeting to finish by November 4, so we have plenty of time up our sleeve to finish the crush,” Isis Central Sugar Mill general manager John Gorringe said.
Bundaberg Sugar general manager Ray Hatt said about 55% of the cane in the area had been crushed.
“We were looking at finishing by the third week of November, with a week set aside for wet weather,” he said.
“Obviously if the rain continues longer than that, we will have to extend the crush.”
The rain also kept people away from Bundaberg's CBD.
Talking Point Cafe owner Mary Morgan said her day had been quite slow, but constant.
“People wise, it has been very slow on the footpath and there are a few vacant car parks along Bourbong Street,” she said.
But at Hinkler Central Shopping Centre, many were taking advantage of undercover parking, shelter and school holiday activities.