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Australia: Search for girl in floodwaters continues, major flooding in Maryborough area

Cyclone Seth forecast to cross Queensland coast in coming days

  Cyclone Seth forecast to cross Queensland coast in coming days The system, which has already brought hazardous surf and high tides, is expected to bring increasing rainfall for much of the south-east.But Cyclone Seth, which on Sunday was a category 1, will only cross the coast as it downgrades to a tropical low in the Hervey Bay region, about 3½ hours north of Brisbane, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

Maryborough floods, with Lamington Bridge road into CBD under water, on Saturday afternoon. (YouTube: Steve Brown) © Provided by ABC NEWS Maryborough floods, with Lamington Bridge road into CBD under water, on Saturday afternoon. (YouTube: Steve Brown)

The search continues for a 14-year-old girl who was swept away in floodwaters early Saturday morning near Gympie as residents on the Fraser Coast brace for more major flooding in south-east Queensland.

The girl's 40-year-old father was rescued by emergency services just after midday after being located clinging to a tree.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said river levels were high and widespread moderate to major flooding is occurring across the Mary River catchment.

Eight killed in southern Iran floods: state media

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Major flooding is now occurring at Maryborough, Miva and Tiaro, where a peak of about 10.5 metres of the Mary River is predicted later today.

BOM forecaster Pieter Claasen said the floodwater levels were not likely to break any records.

"We are expecting the flooding at Maryborough to peak later on this evening at about 10.5 metres, so that's just below the 2013 peak of 10.7 metres," he said.

"But definitely it's going to be an odd peak expected at Maryborough and we already are seeing flood levels in excess of major flood levels currently occurring at Maryborough as well."

Yesterday, Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said a flood barrier was constructed in Maryborough's CBD.

"I am very proud of our fantastic council employees who worked tirelessly … on behalf of the community to construct the flood barricade through the CBD," he said.

More rain, flash flooding on the way as BOM finishes crunching the 2021 numbers

  More rain, flash flooding on the way as BOM finishes crunching the 2021 numbers Heavy rain and flash flooding are on the cards as yet more rain drenches the south east. 2021 saw slightly above-average rain but stubbornly above-average temperatures.Regions in Victoria have already been battered, with several sites recording more than 100 millimetres in the 24 hours to 9am on Thursday.

Rain easing

The BOM has cancelled its severe thunderstorms warning for people in the Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett districts.

Thunderstorms and showers continued overnight in flood-affected regions, but were isolated.

Mr Claassen said the highest total recorded in the past 24 hours was near Bundaberg at 169 millimetres, whereas on Saturday morning some areas recorded upwards of 600 millimetres.

"Most of the falls [where] very isolated and under 100 millimetres as well, so likely won't add too much to any further flooding concerns include activity overnight," he said.

"For Maryborough, just expecting very isolated potential showers or thunderstorms, but nothing severe.

"About sort of 10 millimetres through there today … so that shouldn't thankfully add to any of the flooding concerns through there, but obviously we will be watching any activity that does fall in the area very closely today."

Hundreds need help in wild Victoria storms

  Hundreds need help in wild Victoria storms The State Emergency Service has had to rescue people from floodwaters overnight as wild storms moved across Victoria.The State Emergency Service responded to 848 requests for assistance in the 24 hours to Saturday, mostly due to flooding and building damage overnight.

He said the same applied for the flood-affected towns of Tiaro, Miva and the Gympie region.

"We are still seeing the major flooding currently [at] Tiaro and Miva at the moment, with around over 20 metres at Tiaro and at Miva, approaching 20 metres as well, but they will gradually ease back be likely to still see the slight concerns remain through the course of today at least," he said.

"Thankfully those locations [are] not expected to see any significant rainfall today."

Mr Claassen said no "major flooding" was expected at Gympie today.

"Moderate flooding expected to continue to occur at Gympie today, peeking around 14 metres later this morning and then remaining about moderate into the afternoon before evening, and … likely into the early parts of the week as well," he said.

Swiftwater rescues

There have been more than 75 calls for help across the state, with multiple swiftwater rescues.

Earlier on Saturday, the body of a 22-year-old Sunshine Coast man was recovered after his car was washed off a bridge at Kanigan in the Wide Bay region.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service's Cameron Herbert said the massive amount of water was making it difficult to reach isolated people.

Qld city evacuated after flood levee fails

  Qld city evacuated after flood levee fails Queensland authorities are evacuating the southeast city of Maryborough's CBD after a valve on the city's flood levee broke, amid a major flood.Authorities had expected the river to peak in Maryborough above a major flood level of 10.5m, impacting about 80 homes on Sunday afternoon, after the remnants of tropical cyclone Seth dumped 600mm on the Wide Bay-Burnett region in two days.

"We're very much hindered by the weather conditions and access to a lot of the areas because there were a lot of areas that were impassable and our crews, due to safety, just couldn't get to those areas," he said.

Tropical low off north Queensland

Meanwhile, Mr Claassen said a tropical low sitting in the northern Coral Sea has a chance of developing into a cyclone and making landfall in North Queensland.

"It does have a moderate chance of developing into a tropical cyclone on Monday, and a high chance on Tuesday as well, [and] … likely to make landfall between Lockhart River and Cooktown potentially as a category one tropical cyclone," Mr Claassen said.

"We may even start to see gales developing, particularly between Lockhart River and Cooktown from tomorrow."

He said the BOM was "closely" monitoring the system and advised people in those communities to do the same.

"Those communities between Cape Granville and Cape Tribulation, where we do have the tropical cyclone watch current, should be on alert for the system," he said.

"Be on alert and keep watching our tropical cyclone forecast track maps and our tropical cyclone advice coming out over the next few days."

Video: Severe weather warning issued for parts of Victoria (Sky News Australia)

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