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Residents warned of flood threat

Friday January 25, 2013 - 12:42 EDT

Bundaberg region residents are being warned to prepare for localised flooding.

A severe weather warning and coastal wind warning remains current for the Wide Bay and Burnett and a flood warning is current for coastal rivers and streams north of Bundaberg.

Ninety kilometre wind gusts are expected near coastal areas.

More than 170 millimetres of rain has been recorded in Monto in the past 24 hours and 90mm overnight in Bundaberg.

Three-hundred Bundaberg State Emergency Service volunteers are on stand-by and have sandbags available for residents who need them.

"We've preparing for more activity today, obviously we've got a different team coming in this morning," Bundaberg controller Bill Daniels said.

Bundaberg District Disaster Management Group's Senior Sergeant Grant Marcus says conditions will intensify over the next 24 hours.

Transport routes to Agnes Water have been cut by floodwaters overnight.

Growers

Meanwhile, the Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers Organisation says the rain is a relief for some growers, after a long period of dry weather.

However, executive officer Peter Hockings says the downpour is a problem for others who are trying to harvest their crops.

"As is always the way with weather there's some growers still harvesting, so it's an impost to them but it's been a long time coming and growers will be feeling a bit of relief now, particularly as the cost of irrigation for many growers is going up and up and up," he said.


- ABC

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