If it’s flooded – forget it
  • Friday 25 January 2013

Drivers are being urged to take care on Sunshine Coast roads this weekend as heavy rainfall continues across the region.

Local Disaster Management Chair Mayor Mark Jamieson said people should only travel if they have to.

“If it’s flooded – forget it! Do not cross a flooded road,” Mr Jamieson said.

“The Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Group will ‘stand up’ from 6am tomorrow morning – this is a heightened level of response.

“Heavy rain is expected to continue tonight and over the weekend – and strong winds are predicted for tomorrow.

“Please don’t let your kids play in flooded creeks, and check conditions with the lifeguard before swimming at your local beach.”

Local Disaster Coordinator, Alan Rogers urged people to keep a watch on the conditions.

“It’s really important that people tune into the local ABC on 90.3 FM so they can listen to advice and warnings, and be willing to take the necessary measures,” Mr Rogers said.

“For people likely to become isolated our advice is to make sure that you have enough food, batteries and water to last for three days.

Regular updates can be found at:

Bureau of Meteorology website- http://www.bom.gov.au/

  • Radio - tune into your local station
  • Television - watch out for televised weather updates
  • QLD ALERT - http://qldalert.com/

For emergencies contact:

  • Life threatening emergencies - (Police/Fire/Ambulance) - 000 (mobiles 000 and 112)
  • Flooding - State Emergency Service (SES) - 132 500
  • Fallen power lines - Energex - 13 19 62
  • Traffic information – Transport and Main roads – 13 19 40

Residents are also advised to check Council's website for road closures.

If planning to attend an Australia Day activity, visit council’s website or Facebook site at www.facebook.com/SunshineCoastCouncil for information about road closures and events.

“Boaties should refer to the Marine Safety Queensland (http://www.msq.qld.gov.au/) website for information on boating conditions.