Thursday’s storm causes flash flooding, damages businesses and houses

Storms brought wild weather to the region on Thursday, with torrential downpours, hail and lightning strikes experienced throughout the region. Image: Jason Rogers Photography.

Businesses and homes alike were left with water damage while parts of the area experienced flash flooding on Thursday, after storms brought much-needed rain to the region.

Storm clouds rolled in late Thursday afternoon and according to the Bureau of Meteorology, had dumped 18.2 millimetres of rain in Maryborough before 9 am on Friday, the highest amount of rain seen in a single February day in three years.

Residential rain gauges across the shire recorded different readings however, with some parts receiving as much as 40 mm of rain while others missed out entirely.

There was a heavy presence of thunder and lightning in the region last week. Image: Jason Rogers Photography.

Receiving nine call outs on Thursday, members of the Maryborough SES were kept busy attending incidents of flash flooding along the Pyrenees Highway at Flagstaff and building damage caused by the torrential downpour at homes in Margaret Avenue, Sutton Road, Cameron and Tayor streets.

Maryborough SES unit controller Jesse Wright said a number of properties were damaged by the sheer amount of rain received in a short period of time.

For more on this story see the Front Page of The Advertiser, Tuesday, February 11

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