- Tuesday 11 January 2011
Police Superintendent Ben Hanbridge activated core members of the District Disaster Management Group this afternoon to assess the situation in the Sunshine Coast region.
"A number of key local and state government agencies are assessing our ability to continue to respond to calls for service.
"I acknowledge that while we have experienced a significant level of inundation, storm and tidal situations our sympathies lie with our neighbours in the north and south who continue to experience enormous difficulty.
"We will continue to do our best to manage the matters locally to allow maximum efforts to be directed to those more severely effected areas," Superintendent Hanbridge said.
At this stage the District Disaster Management Group has not commenced any evacuations and it is not currently envisaged that any compulsory evacuations will be necessary.
It is important to reinforce that the reticulated water supply on the Sunshine Coast is safe. There are no issues with the quality of drinking water and no contamination issues at this stage.
The highway is currently closed to all vehicles travelling south, however the highway is open to traffic going north.
Please delay travel if there is no urgent need and do not cross roads covered by water.
The public can access information advising all current road closures and other storm information on Council’s website at www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au and are asked to use this as their primary source of information.
The public is asked not to make unnecessary calls to emergency and information hotlines and to use the website in the first instance. Please only use the telephone hotlines for urgent information that is not available on the website.