Sunshine Coast in clean up mode
  • Tuesday 06 March 2012

Sunshine Coast Council is now in cleanup mode after this week’s storms and floods left some communities isolated and others facing flood clean up for the second or third time this year.

With the weather easing and the Bureau of Meteorology cancelling flood and storm warnings for the Region, the Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Centre will close today at 5pm.

Local Disaster Co-ordinator Alan Rogers said council and all agencies, including emergency services, that make up the Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Group will continue their recovery efforts.

"Council itself has more than 50 staff on the ground as part of special Rapid Recovery Teams to take a stocktake and assessment of damage throughout the region," Mr Rogers said.

"These teams are on top of our normal out door ground crews.

"The multi-disciplinary teams have been concentrating on those areas or townships that were heavily impacted by floodwaters this week, with a particular focus on those communities that have been hit two or three times this year alone.

"The aim is of course to ensure any emergency or dangerous situations are assessed and addressed as soon as possible by the responsible authority but also to make sure we have a good picture of the damage and ongoing needs, including business and welfare needs, of both residents and businesses impacted by the severe weather conditions we have faced.

"We are particularly keen to contact pockets of residents, that remain isolated in some areas ,to see if they are okay.

"Residents generally are also encouraged to help the recovery efforts by reporting any damage to roads or infrastructure, particularly anything hazardous, so that we can send out crews to clean-up.

"Of course if it is emergency assistance of a non life threatening nature, contact the SES on 132 500.

"Thankyou to all our emergency services and of course the many volunteers who have been on hand to help out during this event."

Roundup

The SES received more than 190 calls for assistance since Sunday when the rain started. Only a small handful of these calls are still being finalised.

More than 1000 sandbags were filled from council’s Noosaville depot alone. They were provided to the SES to use or handout to residents and businesses as needed.

Council set up six overnight shelters for people unable to make it home last night due to road closure. Only three people required shelter at the Cooroy Library.

Currently about 50 roads remain closed across the Sunshine Coast. Conditions will continue to be monitored so that these roads can be opened as soon as possible. Close to 100 roads were closed at the height of the storm.

Land slips at Bald Knob (one lane open to traffic) and Nambour-Mapleton rd (open to traffic) need to be approached with caution.

Visit council’s website for up-to-date information including road closures. Council’s Facebook page also has information from residents reporting road closures in their local areas.

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

To report a pothole or hazard, contact council:

For up to date information on road conditions visit council’s website. The Facebook site www.facebook.com/SunshineCoastCouncil is updated regularly with information about road closures. You can also follow council on Twitter at @CouncilSCC for updates.

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