- Tuesday 11 January 2011
Sunshine Coast Council staff are working round the clock with the Disaster Management Group to ensure that residents and visitors to the region are kept up-to-date with developments and essential services are maintained.As at 8pm more than 100 Coast roads remain closed. Due to the unpredictable nature of the current rain storms motorists should check Council’s website and the Main Roads’ website for the latest information about road access.
"Continued saturation through heavy rainfall has substantially increased the risk of landslips, so unless your journey is necessary, you are advised to stay home," Coast Mayor Bob Abbot said.
"Motorists are advised to watch for road closure signs as well as erected barriers and should not attempt to drive past them."
Council’s website will be updated at 9.30pm – access at this time will be interrupted for 15 minutes for an upgrade to cater for a substantially increased number of site visits.
Residents are also asked 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.
In order to provide access from the Coast to Brisbane, police are diverting traffic from the Bruce Highway at Caboolture and motorists are advised to follow police instructions.
"Stranded motorists and residents concerned about their welfare during the storm event have made good use of three welfare centres activated this afternoon," Cr Abbot said.
The three welfare centres are located at Lake Kawana Community Centre, The J at Noosa and the Nambour Civic Centre. Salvation Army staff are on hand to assist with refreshments and emergency bedding if required and any other stranded motorists or residents are welcome to attend.
The Beerburrum CWA has also set up a drop in centre for caravaners and stranded motorists at the township’s School of Arts building.