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Towns brace for Oswald flooding

Thursday January 24, 2013 - 12:45 EDT

Residents in several towns north of Bundaberg are preparing for possible flooding, as ex-tropical cyclone Oswald makes its way south.

Overnight, about 11 millimetres of rain fell on Bundaberg, while Hervey Bay received about 12mm and Lady Elliot Island received 97mm.

Gladstone Deputy Mayor Matt Burnett says towns like Baffle Creek, Agnes Water and Seventeen-Seventy could be isolated over the next few days and residents should stock up on essentials while they can.

"There's going to be rain, there's going to be wind but we're not sending out a panic or anything like that - this will be nothing compared to what we've seen in the Gladstone region in the past as far as I'm aware," he said.

"We're just saying get yourselves ready, be prepared and see how things go.

"At this point in time there's no need for ... alarm but if you're living in that area and you don't want to become isolated, because it is very possible as it has [been] in the past, then perhaps it might be time to come into Gladstone."

Meanwhile, unusually dry conditions around Gympie are proving a mixed blessing for some businesses in the city.

Just a few millimetres of rain has fallen in Gympie this month - the average is 164mm.

The December average is almost 138mm but only 21mm was recorded.

It is a similar story as far back as last August and Ross Honnery, who owns the Gympie Mower Centre, says the grass is not growing and neither is his business.

"You'd have to be down 70 to 80 per cent for what you should be doing this time of year, you know it's quite a bit," he said.

However, business is booming at the Gympie Feed Barn.

Alex Long works there and says it is flat out supplying feed to graziers whose paddocks are bare.

Rain is forecast for Gympie this weekend.


© ABC 2013

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