- Saturday 21 February 2015
The Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) will stay active for the next 48 hours as the heavy rainfall continues throughout Friday and Saturday.
Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) Coordinator Andrew Ryan reminded people to be prepared.
“People need to prepare their homes so they can be self-reliant for three days if required,” Mr Ryan said.
“We now have 48 roads that are flooded and that will increase.
“We’re urging people to stay off flooded roads – if it’s flooded, forget it – and remember to check road closures on the Disaster Hub website before you travel.
“You need to drive to the current road conditions, reduce speed and obey road closure signs – people are still ignoring this message.
“You are endangering yourself and other people by being reckless.
“Police will be assisting Council staff to divert traffic and the police advise that fines of up to $680 may apply for traffic infringements.”
Mr Ryan said the heavy rainfall and closed roads were affecting some Council facilities.
“Council’s pound on Sippy Creek Road at Tanawha has now closed – the animals are safe and Council staff are still collecting strays, but the community cannot visit the pound to pick up or drop off animals,” Mr Ryan said.
“Our mobile libraries are not operating today, Beerwah Library is closed, Nambour Library is closing at 1pm and Caloundra Library open but operating with limited services.
“Most of our aquatic centres are now closed, including Beerwah, Buderim, Coolum, Eumundi, Nambour and Palmwoods.
“Aquatic centres at Caloundra, Cotton Tree and Kawana are open but programs have been cancelled.”
SEQ Water has advised of polluted waterways in Kenilworth – the treatment plant has now closed. There is enough water for four days, and extra water will be trucked in. People in Kenilworth and surrounding areas are asked to conserve water.
UnityWater has also confirmed overflow of sewerage pump stations affecting Tooway Creek, Moffat Beach and Buderim Falls recreation areas.
Weather warnings, road closures and other important information can be found on Council’s Disaster Hub at www.disaster.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.
Disaster Hub also links to airport updates, traffic cameras, flood mapping, and Council’s news updates and social media.
For regular weather updates, you can also tune into your local radio station.