Coast takes a beating
  • Saturday 25 February 2012

Local Disaster Coordinator Andrew Ryan this morning praised the efforts of all agencies involved in last night’s flood event on the Sunshine Coast.

"The light of day revealed to the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service rapid response personnel and council staff the extensive work ahead of us to maintain safe and accessible roads," Mr Ryan said.

"With 43 closure points on our roads and 51 roads still requiring drivers to be cautious, residents are asked to limit their travel – taking to the roads only for essential purposes.

"This kind of weather event causes extreme damage to our road network and field crews are already reporting extensive numbers of potholes on our roads.

"Drivers are asked to slow down, drive to conditions and use extra caution.

"And of course, the key message remains: If it’s flooded, forget it."

"Sunshine Coast Council’s website is being updated every 20 minutes so if you must travel today, please check for closures first."

Pedestrians are also asked to take care and look for trip hazards on pavements which are damaged or lifting.

Mr Ryan said it was important for parents to keep an eye on children, remind them of the dangers and make sure they stay out of drains, creeks and waterways.

"Buderim Falls is closed to the public and we recommend that for all up-to-date information about Unity Water systems residents check the Unity Water website or call 1300 0Unity (1300 086489).

Council staff and members of Queensland Fire and Rescue Service have been out assessing damage to private property today.

"At this stage all relevant and appropriate agencies that may be required to provide support to residents, are primed and ready to be activated if required," Mr Ryan said.

"Council staff and Surf Life Saving Queensland volunteers will be contacting residents who called for SES or QFRS assistance, so that we can co-ordinate the help provided by appropriate agencies.

"When we call, residents can help our operators by providing precise details that clearly identify the exact situation or issue being dealt with. The more accurate and specific information obtained, the better we are able to activate responses."

Mr Ryan also encouraged residents to make sure they contact their insurance companies to discuss individual circumstances and damage to their property.

He also reminded residents without electricity to ensure that they have good supplies of ice and to be aware of risk to food spoiling if power supply is off for more than four hours. A closed refrigerator should keep food cold for?four?hours. ?Avoid eating any food that should be refrigerated?and has been allowed to warm?for?two hours or more.

Council’s website and Facebook site are being updated regularly with information about road closures. You can also follow council on Twitter at @CouncilSCC for updates.