- Monday 14 December 2020
Sunshine Coast Council is assessing the impacts of significant rainfall and localised flash flooding arising from the weather events overnight.
At the same time, Council is urging residents and visitors to avoid our beaches while dangerous surf conditions exist.
Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson praised the efforts of council staff in responding to issues in rain affected areas and in responding to requests made by members of the Sunshine Coast community.
Mayor Jamieson said rapid damage assessments and emergency works were underway from early this morning.
“I take my hat off to our crews whose response has been exemplary, and who have been on the ground since early this morning clearing vegetation and assessing the coastline,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“We appreciate the community’s patience and assistance as our crews continue to work on the clean-up.”
Mayor Jamieson said council crews would determine and prioritise coastal repair works that may be required following a full assessment as king tides receded.
Wet weather and above average tides are predicted to continue throughout the week.
Residents seeking assistance relating to private property are reminded to contact the State Emergency Service on 132 500 or their insurance provider.
To request a non-urgent service or to report an issue to council please visit council’s website www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.
In an emergency, always call Triple Zero (000).
Visit council’s Disaster Hub and download the Disaster Hub application to your smart device to prepare for severe weather events and other disasters – and stay up-to-date with important information when events occur.
Council crews are prepared in case of further storms and flash flooding and residents are urged to clear their properties and be prepared.
- Sunshine Coast region received over 200mm of rain over the last three days and wind gusts reached up to 90 km/h.
- Northern Bribie Island overtopped during the inundation and council crews are monitoring closely. Council’s management approach in this area includes regular monitoring, sand renourishment along Golden Beach, existing and planned protection structures such as rock walls and groynes. A groyne on the corner of Leichardt Street and The Esplanade, Golden Beach was upgraded in September.
- Residents and visitors should avoid low lying areas in tidal zones during flash flooding - particularly Bradman Ave in Maroochydore, River Esplanade Mooloolaba and Golden Beach which are all prone to king tide inundation.
- Council crews are clearing vegetation from roads, checking storm drains and assessing coastal erosion.
- Be mindful when driving on our roads: slow down, stay off the road during wet weather if you don't have to be out, drive to the weather conditions and if it's flooded forget it.
- Beaches are closed, so please don't go swimming in hazardous surf conditions.
- Please keep a close eye on children to be sure they don't swim and play in flood waters.
- Make sure your home is storm ready, tie down loose objects and have a disaster plan in place.
- Keep an eye on Sunshine Coast Council's Disaster Hub for important information regarding road closures, power outages and warnings and for information on how to prepare for a disaster and storm events https://disasterhub.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
Queensland Police Service Senior Sergeant Gary Brayley warned drivers to take care in wet conditions.
"I would really like to reiterate, please don't drive unless you have to and don't drive into flooded roads,” Snr Sgt Brayley said.
"There is a lot of water out there, and there'll be a lot more before this rain event finishes plus a lot more people coming to our Sunshine Coast for the holidays, so we all need to take extra care."
To report a council related urgent matter or emergency, please call (07) 5475 7272 or 1300 007 272.