Downpour in Maryborough on December 14.
Downpour in Maryborough on December 14. Jaime Lee Willis?

ROLLING: First of the Big Wet arrives in Maryborough

UPDATE (1.25PM): THE Fraser Coast Local Disaster Management Group has moved to "alert" status in preparation for thunderstorms and heavy rain this weekend.

But LDMG chair and Fraser Coast councillor Rolf Light said there was nothing to indicate urgent action needed to be taken.

He told the Chronicle the group was monitoring the situation and waiting to see if anything would change.

"The next 24-36 hours will reveal what needs to be done," Cr Light said.

"My message for the public is to stay alert, don't panic and have your plans together."


The Mary, Burrum and Cherwell Rivers have been identified as likely to be affected by heavy rainfall as a result of Tropical Cyclone Owen.

EARLIER (11.00AM): IT WAS meant to be a weekend encompassing all things great about Christmas, but the prediction of heavy storms wiped out the packed calendar of events including the beloved Hervey Bay RSL Carols by Candelight 

The first of the Big Wet has arrived in Maryborough, with a heavy morning downpour flooding some streets. 

As of 11am on Friday, 69mm has fallen in Maryborough since 9am today.

Up to 230mm of rain is forecast to fall in Maryborough and Hervey Bay between Saturday and Monday.