Play it safe on the roads this weekend
  • Friday 03 April 2009

The Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Group (LDMG) is calling on residents to both play it safe on our roads this weekend and to be prepared if the severe weather experienced over the past few days continues.

With the weather bureau predicting more rain, particularly during the second half of the weekend, more roads are expected to be washed out or closed.

The LDMG, which includes representatives from council and all Queensland emergency services, was activated this morning and was today addressing issues and pre-empting problems caused by the huge rainfalls across the region.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Bob Abbot has been on the ground today inspecting some of the damage.

“Kin Kin has been hit hard – large volumes of water have gone through some homes within this small community, creating some major devastation,” Cr Abbot said.

“While we are getting emergency crews out on the ground there to help wherever they can, the LDMG will be contacting state agencies to see if they can set up some kind of a recovery centre within the next day or so to help out.”

Cr Abbot said emergency crews have been out across the region today and will be out over the weekend to continue clearing debris, monitor roads and do emergency repairs.

“But I am urging motorists to be careful. We all know what areas of the Sunshine Coast flood during storm events, and high tides, so I am calling on our community to be aware of this and to take appropriate precautions.

“Be aware that in some places there may be water over the roads so, if needs be, take an alternative route.

“Council is also monitoring all those known flood areas, and the region generally, and will provide both warnings and on the ground help, alongside our emergency services, to the community as required.

“Be aware of the dangers of flash flooding in drains, creeks and causeways – we know it happens here after heavy rain so stay away from these areas.

“Do not attempt to cross flooded roadways- and don’t switch off - listen to SES volunteers on the ground and to local radio stations for the latest information.”

Tips for residents and visitors include:

  • Monitoring flood reports and instructions – tune into the local radio station
  • Following instructions by emergency authorities and road signage, and react to changing conditions
  • Avoid entering or driving through flood waters even if you are in the comfort of a four wheel drive vehicle
  • in known flood areas, take an alternative route

If you need help telephone 132 500. For life-threatening emergencies only dial triple zero (000).