- Tuesday 14 April 2009
Sunshine Coast residents are again being asked to be prepared for possible flooding and road closures as heavy rain continues tonight across the Sunshine Coast.
Sunshine Coast Divisional Councillor Lew Brennan is particularly calling on residents in the Kin Kin, Cooran and Pomona areas to be prepared as Cooran recorded 150mm of rain in a 12 hour period this afternoon.
“The Paynters Creek bridge is just about to go under water and we are again sand bagging the Kin Kin Hotel – the same flood areas as last week,” Cr Brennan said.
“We all know what areas of the Sunshine Coast flood during high tide and storm events so I am calling on our community to be aware of this and to take appropriate precautions tonight.
“Basically if you don’t need to travel – stay home and be aware of rising waters.”
Council is monitoring all known flood areas, and the region generally, and will provide both warnings and on the ground help, alongside our emergency services, to the community as required.
“The important thing is to be aware of the dangers of flash flooding in drains, creeks and causeways – we know it happens here after heavy rain so stay away from these areas.
“Do not attempt to cross flooded roadways.- and don’t switch off - listen to local radio stations for the latest information.”
Tips for residents and visitors include:
- Listening to regular weather and safety updates from media outlets including your local ABC Radio
- Monitoring flood reports and instructions
- Following instructions by emergency authorities and react to changing conditions
- Avoid entering or driving through flood waters even if you are in the comfort of a four wheel drive vehicle
- In known flood areas, take an alternative route
For SES assistance telephone 132 500. For life-threatening emergencies only dial triple zero (000).
For more information on current weather information visit www.bom.gov.au