Severe weather heightens need for preparation and caution
  • Monday 05 March 2012

Don’t drive if you don’t have to and if it’s flooded, forget it. With more than 50 roads across the Coast currently closed and heavy rainfall expected to continue over the next 24 hours, rising rivers and creeks including localised flash flooding is expected to continue.

Local Disaster Coordinator Alan Rogers said the Coast is experiencing an extremely intense weather event with heavy rainfall in excess of 200mm expected on top of the 150mm that has already fallen across the region.

"It’s really important that residents take extra care, 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.

"Residents are advised to be prepared with some townships already cut off and further communities possibly isolated as roads continue to close due to rising water.

"Damaging winds and peak gusts of more than 100km/hr are also expected about the Coast so please make the normal preparations you would make to protect yourselves, your properties and that of neighbours as soon as possible.

"For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

"Council has opened three overnight shelters for people that may have gone to work or shopping this morning and may not be able to get home tonight.

"Further centres will be open throughout the evening. Check Council’s website, Facebook page and tune into local radio for updates."

Currently, The J at 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction and the Nambour Civic Centre at 6-64 Currie Street in Nambour and Lake Kawana Community Centre in Sportsman’s Parade are open and catering for anyone who is stranded and can’t find accommodation for the evening.

"Please take care trying to get home tonight and today and if at all possible, plan to stay off the roads today and tomorrow," Mr Rogers said.

"Check council’s website for up-to-date information including road closures.

"And for those unsure about whether or not their children’s schools will be open in the morning, tune into ABC radio from 6.45am for updates or contact your local school."

Flood warnings are current for various rivers and streams. Listen to local radio for regular updates about conditions and log on to the Bureau of Meteorology website for weather warnings.

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).

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.

Emergency Management Queensland also reminds people to avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters. Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.