Heavy rain forecast has Coast on alert
  • Saturday 25 February 2012

Don’t drive if you don’t have to and if it’s flooded, forget it.

That’s the message from Sunshine Coast Council to local residents ahead of an expected deluge of heavy rain that’s tipped to fall over the next 24 hours.

Local Disaster Coordinator Alan Rogers said the bureau of meteorology had forecast 100 to 200mm of rainfall over the next 24 hours.

"The local hinterland and areas around the already overflowing Ewan Maddock Dam and the Mooloola River are of particular concern given the forecast for more heavy rain," he said.

"Council will activate its Disaster Coordination Centre from 5pm today due to the potential for flash flooding overnight and we’ll have road crews out looking at road closures and inspecting for damage first thing tomorrow morning."

Mr Rogers said a repeat of Tuesday’s damaging winds that battered Cooroy was unlikely.

"So its really important for locals to avoid driving if possible, particularly in areas that are prone to flooding and if they do encounter a flooded road, please don’t attempt to drive through it," he said.

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

The number to call in a life-threatening emergency is Triple Zero (000).

Listen to local radio for regular updates about conditions and log on to the Bureau of Meteorology website for weather warnings.

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.