Showers and storms continue to cross the region.
Showers and storms continue to cross the region. Max Fleet

Storms create pub problems

THE already-flooding Bucca Crossing has left the future of the Bucca Hotel in doubt.

After rain lashed the region over the weekend, Bucca Crossing had already gone under water by between 60cm and 90cm.

More than 25mm of rain fell at Bundaberg Airport on Sunday night and Gayndah received almost 19mm on Sunday after being soaked from a 33mm downpour on Saturday.

Bucca Hotel owner Chris Godfrey said the road was cut for almost six months after the rain started in December last year, and he was desperate for Bundaberg Regional Council to provide a remedy to the road problem.

Mr Godfrey said he felt a bridge was needed to stop the crossing from flooding once Monduran Dam and Bucca Weir were full.

"I can't go another six months without trade," he said.

Bundaberg Regional Council roads spokesman Wayne Honor said there were no plans to build a bridge at the crossing at this stage.

"We haven't got the resources to put a bridge over there," he said.

"The opinion is that it would require a very long and wide bridge."

Cr Honor said the council would re-sign the area to show access to the hotel from north Bucca.

The storm also kept the SES busy with three callouts overnight.

Crews were called to help sandbag a home and to provide sandbags to another home - both at Moore Park Beach - as well as to help put a tarpaulin on a home in North Bundaberg.

In the North Burnett, Mayor Joy Jensen said there were concerns the rapidly rising Boyne River would go over the bridge and cut off south Mundubbera.

While the water did not reach that height, Cr Jensen said it "hadn't taken much" to put the bridge under threat.

But it does not appear the heavy rain will stay in the region for long.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster John Gardner said some showers could be expected today, but no substantial rain would fall.

"A southerly change is coming through around Wednesday and will continue to increase on Thursday and Friday," he said.

 

Rainfall

Bundaberg - 25.4mm on Sunday and 9.2mm on Saturday

Gayndah - 19.4mm on Sunday and 33.8mm on Saturday



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