- Monday 28 February 2022
Flooding across the Sunshine Coast has resulted in significant damage to roads and public assets across the region and recovery and rectification works are now underway.
Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Group Chair Mayor Mark Jamieson said due to the extent of damage, road and infrastructure repairs would take weeks and, in some cases, months to assess, prioritise and complete.
“Authorities are reminding the Sunshine Coast community that while the wet weather may have eased, parts of our region remain flooded, with many roads still closed or partly closed and needing major repairs.
“People are asked to avoid unnecessary travel and we ask them to be patient as crews assess and prioritise repairs across the region.
“Landslips can occur for weeks to come so if you are on the roads, please be aware of that risk and always observe and follow any signage displayed.
“Recovering from these severe weather events continues for a long time after the immediate threat passes.
“Make safety your number one priority and remember, if it’s flooded, forget it.”
Mayor Jamieson thanked the many volunteers, emergency workers and council staff who had worked long shifts over many days and continued to support the Sunshine Coast during the recovery phase.
“For days they have put the community above their own needs and gone above and beyond to help others and keep our region as safe as possible,” he said.
“I know that the SES has managed 1000 calls over the past few days, and have done a magnificent job, with only 41 jobs outstanding at 1pm today.”
Mayor Jamieson also praised the Sunshine Coast community for their kindness and resilience during this weather event.
For updates and information on road closures visit Council’s Disaster Hub website disasterhub.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.
For information on road works visit Council’s Roads Hub website roads.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.
To report a pothole on a council road, you can lodge an eRequest online or contact council’s Customer Contact Centre on 5475 7272.
Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit council’s website at www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.
To report a pothole on state-controlled roads, please contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads on 13 19 40. A list of state-controlled roads across our region is available at www.tmr.qld.gov.au.
Waste collection services have recommenced and Remondis has deployed trucks to service accessible areas. If your bin was missed, please leave it on the footpath. Services are continuing as normal.
Many Resource Recovery Centres are open, however Nambour and Kenilworth remain closed due to site conditions.
Other council services continue to be impacted and some facilities are closed. Please visit council’s website for more information.
• For life threatening emergencies call 000.
• For emergency help in storms and floods, including sandbag requests, call SES 13 25 00.
• To report a council related urgent matter or emergency, call (07) 5475 7272 or 1300 007 272.
• For weather updates, visit the Australian Government’s Bureau of Meteorology website.
Are you disaster ready?
As we’ve just experienced here on the Sunshine Coast, severe weather and disasters can strike anytime, anywhere and it’s not a matter of if but when.
Sunshine Coast Council’s Disaster Hub website has all the information you need to be prepared and stay up-to-date with important information during these events.
There are three simple steps to ensure your household or business is prepared for extreme events.
STEP ONE: Have an emergency plan in place.
STEP TWO: Pack supplies – pack your emergency and evacuation kits.
STEP THREE: Make sure your insurance has adequate coverage and is up to date.
Image: Many Sunshine Coast roads have been damaged by the severe weather. Photo taken in Peregian Springs 28/02/2022.