WET WEEKEND WARNING: Flood risk, wild weather predicted
FLASH flooding, strong winds and dangerous thunderstorms are on the horizon as the Fraser Coast braces for a summer deluge.
Maryborough streets were underwater within an hour of the first storms rolling in yesterday.
The region's rivers are likely to be affected by heavy rainfall as the wild weather continues today and tomorrow.
More than 230mm is forecast to fall in Maryborough and Hervey Bay.
For their last day of the year, Central State School's Year 6 students took their social studies outside to save their school hall from flooding.
School principal Lee Lilburne said they had previous flooding issues in 2011.
"The sewage backed up through the toilets so we had mass contamination," Ms Lilburne said.
She said she spent the afternoon putting bricks and bags down the toilets to prevent the issue happening again.
A Granville resident said his Banana St back yard turned into a river and gutters overflowed after receiving about 120mm in a few hours.
Another resident in Tinana Greens said they received about 110mm of rain between 7am and 11.30am.
With Tropical Cyclone Owen making its way down the east coast of Queensland, a rain depression from the phenomena is predicted to intensify the region's weather tomorrow when it combines with an upper low over the region.
The Mary, Burrum and Cherwell Rivers have been identified as likely to be affected by heavy rainfall as a result.
A flood warning has not been issued but meteorologist Amber Raman said there was "definitely" a risk of flash flooding.
"At this stage, there is a low risk of flooding for the Mary River but that could change with the trajectory of the cyclone," Ms Raman said.
"It's a good reminder for people to do their preparation."
The Fraser Coast Local Disaster Management Group moved to "alert" status in preparation for thunderstorms and heavy rain.
But LDMG chair and Fraser Coast councillor Rolf Light said there was nothing to indicate urgent action needed to be taken.
He told the Chronicle the group was monitoring the situation and waiting to see if anything would change.
"My message for the public is to stay alert, don't panic and have your plans together," Cr Light said.