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Major flooding in the Mary River between Gympie and Maryborough from rainfalls in excess of 600m during Friday night has resulted in the North Coast Line and Bruce Highway being cut in several places over the weekend.
Trains on the North Coast Line were halted Friday night as heavy rain from ex-TC Seth (the Egyptian god of storms and disorder) fell across the Mary and Burnett River Catchments. Several southbound trains were stowed at Maryborough West by Saturday morning, while some northbound trains were kept at Gympie North. As the extent of track damage was revealed by daylight, some of the southbound trains have since returned north to Rockhampton, and those at Gympie North sent back to Brisbane.
Several hundred metres of washaways across the Durramboi Creek flats between Curra and Theebine have been reported, where the parallel Bruce Highway was also badly damaged.
South of Gympie, the MVR's bridge over the Mary River on the former Mary Valley Branch went underwater during Saturday morning, with some flooding elsewhere along the heritage railway.
In Maryborough, Downer's DH73 and 1104 were used to retrieve at least two NGR suburban sets from Downer's lower yard during Saturday morning, stowing the sets on the mainline in what remains of the old Maryborough station yard. Within hours the Downer yard was underwater. By this morning the entire Wharf Branch was submerged beyond the old Maryborough station yard, with six metres of water over the recently rebuilt line and the Downer lower yard - and only a few hundred metres of track into the Downer plant above flood height.
Temporary levees expected to protect the Maryborugh CBD were breached by failing gates this afternoon as the river approaches the 10.7m and 10.8m flood heights recorded in the 2013 and 1974 floods.
Source: Maryborough Flooding Thread
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