Gin Gin SES volunteers busy ferrying Goodnight Scrub locals across Perry River after flood waters blocked the road.
Gin Gin SES volunteers busy ferrying Goodnight Scrub locals across Perry River after flood waters blocked the road. Scottie Simmonds

More rain for Bundy

BUNDABERG'S Disaster Management Committee is on alert with meteorologists predicting 200-300mm rainfall for the region between now and Monday.

Disaster management officer Mal Churchill said his committee was watching the situation, and a meeting was likely to be held today.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Amber Young said an upper level trough sitting off the coast was due to start moving towards land.

That meant moderate to heavy rain would fall throughout most of today easing off as the trough moved inland.

Tomorrow would see rain easing to showers.

However, the rain would be back with a vengeance on Friday, with moderate to heavy falls, and the same conditions predicted for Christmas Day, Sunday and Monday.

Ms Young said while meteorologists were predicting falls of 200-300mm, it could well be more.

Gin Gin SES yesterday started ferrying stranded residents of Goodnight Scrub across the flooded Perry River as the water continued to rise.

And with the forecast of further deluges in the next few days, the SES volunteers could find themselves operating their ferry service for a while yet.

Gin Gin SES controller Ray McDonough said the volunteers transported about 30 people to and fro across the floodwaters yesterday, some for work and others for essential shopping in Gin Gin.

Even if no more rain fell, he estimated the ferry service would have to operate for another four to five days.

Mr McDonough said the water was more than two metres over Perry River Bridge and still rising yesterday.

The Perry River drains into the Burnett River, but because there was so much water in the Burnett the Perry was not flowing at all, he said.

“It's not moving at all, it's dead calm,” Mr McDonough said.

He said ferrying was a fairly slow business because they had about 100m of water to cross each way and the SES boat could only take four passengers at a time.

Mr McDonough is adopting a wait-and-see attitude to forecasts of a lot more rain for the next few days.

“The forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology is just a forecast,” he said.

“It depends on what the weather system does.”

He said the SES had had no requests for help from any communities apart from the Goodnight Scrub.



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