- Saturday 21 February 2015
5.30AM Cyclone Marcia may have been down-graded to a low pressure system but Sunshine Coast residents should still expect heavy rainfalls and flash flooding throughout today.
Acting Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) Coordinator Steve Linnane said a severe weather warning was still in place.
“The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting coastal rainfalls of up to 150mm between 4am and midday and some isolated areas in the Sunshine Coast hinterland may receive falls up to 200mm,” Mr Linnane said.
“The heavy rainfall, combined with flooded rivers and a high tide of 2.01 metres just before 10am will cause stormwater to back-up and increase the potential for flooding in low lying areas.
“Sunshine Coast has received 250-300mm of rain in the past 48 hours.
“About 65 roads are still closed and I urge motorists to stay off the roads, if possible, and if they have to travel, to plan their journeys carefully.
“Drive to the current road conditions, reduce speed and obey road closure signs.
“Some drivers are still ignoring this message. They are endangering themselves and other people by being reckless.
“Remember when it comes to driving through flood waters – if it’s flooded, forget it.
“At this stage, we are not expecting strong or damaging winds, but the LDMG is closely monitoring the situation as weather conditions remain unpredictable.
“We have been most fortunate that we escaped major infrastructure damage and there have been no major injury or loss of life during this weather event,” he said.
“We want to keep it that way and I urge parents to keep children away from waterways and drains.
“Library and aquatic users should check Sunshine Coast Council’s disaster hub Breaking News section for updates on whether libraries and aquatic centres will open today.
“Council work crews will be on the roads checking for water damage, clearing debris from parks and gardens and inspecting beaches and beach accesses as soon as the weather clears. Beaches will remain closed at this stage.”
Council’s pound on Sippy Creek Rd, Tanawha is 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 due to flooded road access.
SEQ Water has advised that the treatment plant has now closed at Kenilworth due to waterway quality issues. While there is enough water for four days, and extra water will be trucked in, residents 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. Signs warning the community of the hazard have been erected.
Weather warnings, road closures and other important information can be found on Council’s Disaster Hub at www.disaster.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.
The Disaster Hub also links to airport updates, traffic cameras, flood mapping, and Council’s news updates and social media.
Virgin Australia Operations have confirmed that flights to and from the Sunshine Coast Airport to Melbourne and Sydney have been cancelled today (Saturday, Feb 21) Contact Virgin Australia for further details.
Sunshine Coast Airport will provide an update on Jetstar flights at 8am. Keep in touch via twitter @SunCoastAirport or facebook.
Council’s Customer Contact Centre is operating 24 hours and is fully staffed and can be contacted on 5475.7272.
For life threatening emergencies call 000.
For emergency help in storms and floods call SES 13 25 00.
For regular weather updates, you can also tune into your local radio station.