Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Family rescued as Maryborough flood peak revised up

Monday January 28, 2013 - 12:04 EDT

Authorities are now expecting the flood peak at Maryborough to go over the town's levee.

The peak has been revised upwards this morning - to just below the 1955 record.

An extended family including a one-week-old baby and a grandmother was rescued from a Maryborough property this morning.

The family's house was inundated last night and they drove in a ute to a paddock on higher ground.

A rescue helicopter landed and ferried the family to Tiaro police station this morning.

Officials are still trying to work out how many homes and businesses will be affected, but residents in known risk areas are being told to go to higher ground.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell says the Mary River is expected to reach 11 metres - up from the earlier forecast of 9.7 metres.

"I was down inspecting that levee bank only about an hour or so ago and it was doing its job," Councillor O'Connell said.

"But if we do get to the 11 metres as predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology that's going to top over that levee bank."

"We are now working with the SES to begin the doorknocking process so we can advise those people."


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Grantham floods inquiry: Former quarry owner Denis Wagner gives evidence

14:09 EST

The owner of a quarry which allegedly contributed to the fatal 2011 Grantham flood says a safety bund appeared to be man made and may have been built without his knowledge.

Significant winter drink for southwest WA

13:54 EST

Rain in southwestern parts of Western Australia has provided some places with the best drink in over a year, but more is yet to come.

Tropical cyclone could form near Solomon Islands this week but poses no threat to Queensland, BoM says

09:38 EST

Queensland forecasters monitoring a low near the Solomon Islands that could become a tropical cyclone later this week say it is unlikely to threaten the state.