Disaster management group on watching brief overnight
  • Monday 05 March 2012

The Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Group will remain on watch over night as the current tropical low moves off shore and rain eases in some areas of the Sunshine Coast.

Acting Local Disaster Co-ordinator, Andrew Ryan said the LDMG will be on skeleton crew to watch the weather and provide assistance as required across the region.

“At this stage we understand the steady rain will continue throughout the night (refer to Bureau of Meteorology for regular updates) over most parts of the region. Due to ground saturation, this will keep already identified closed roads, closed.,” Mr Ryan said.

“Our emergency services will be on standby until early tomorrow margining just in case the low heads back to the Coast later tomorrow or Wednesday morning.

“As always we remind residents to check in with neighbours – they may need a hand or even just some friendly reassurance, especially in more isolated areas.

“For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.”

Council currently has SIX emergency shelters staffed by Red Cross open throughout the region. These are available for people who may not be able to get home tonight due to road closures.

Currently, the shelters are empty. If they remain empty, they will close at 10pm. However, they will be on standby ready to be immediately activated if required.

“Remember – if it’s flooded – forget it! Do not cross a flooded road,” Mr Ryan said.

“It’s really important that residents take extra care, particularly in areas that are prone to flooding and if they do encounter a flooded road, not attempt to drive through it.”

Visit council’s website for up-to-date information including road closures. Council’s Facebook page also has information from residents reporting road closures in their local areas.

The Department of Education will issue information on proposed school closures tomorrow morning - tune into ABC radio from 6.45am for updates or contact your local school.

Flood warnings are current for various rivers and streams. Listen to local radio for regular updates about conditions and log on to the Bureau of Meteorology website for weather warnings.

The number for the Queensland State Emergency Service (SES) is 132 500.

Council’s after hours number (emergencies only) is 5475 7272.

The number to call in a life-threatening emergency is triple zero (000).

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

Emergency Management Queensland also reminds people to avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters. Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.