Council Disaster Management Group ready for recovery action
  • Wednesday 12 January 2011

Local Disaster Co-ordinator Alan Rogers said the ease in weather conditions last night has provided some relief and a welcomed opportunity for Sunshine Coast Council crews to better gauge the extent of repair work to be undertaken.

"This morning, water is slowly receding we are keeping a close eye on rainfall situation and although the roads are open at Bradman Avenue at Maroochydore and Hilton Terrace in Tewantin they will continue to be monitored with next high tide due at 12.52.pm.

"Currently, some 70 roads remain closed and I encourage motorists intending to make a trip to check Council’s website and the Main Roads’ website for the latest information about road access before departing.

"Due to the unpredictable nature of the current rain storms and the subsequent increased risk to landslips, everyone should continue to be safety conscious and avoid unnecessary travel.

Residents are also asked to continue to conserve water usage to reduce impact on the sewerage treatment system, the capacity of which is currently under pressure from high in-flow and flooding.

Golden Beach (Fraser Park), Bulcock Beach, Sunrise Beach, Currimundi Lake and Burgess Creek are closed. Unitywater has advised Council that Kings Beach is considered safe and is open for swimming.

Council Welfare Centres were closed last night however if anyone feels overwhelmed or concerned they should ring Council’s customer service line on 5475 7272.

Bruce Highway is open southbound however remains closed south of Gympie at Skyring Creek, Kybong.

"Mr Rogers said that Council and Department of Communities is now expecting to move from disaster response to recovery mode. Council teams are out and about closely assessing the situation to commence priority planning for remedial works.

"It must be acknowledged that although significant inundation has been experienced here in our region the District Disaster Management Group has been able to respond to all issues without the need to draw on resources from other Council or State services; freeing them for allocation to areas with major needs elsewhere in the State," he said.