Weathering the storm is a team effort
  • Friday 31 March 2017
Mayor with Emergency Services personnel

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson has praised the efforts of the region’s disaster management personnel in assisting the Sunshine Coast community during the extreme weather event caused by ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

“The events of the last 24 hours have had a considerable impact on families, communities and businesses across the Sunshine Coast, but our dedicated disaster management staff from agencies across the State Government and council have worked tirelessly to keep our residents informed and safe”, Mayor Jamieson said.

“We owe them a great debt of gratitude, particularly as many of these people have families and property themselves that may have been impacted by the weather events.

“From our council staff to the Police and Emergency Services to community representatives that have helped to keep critical information flowing, our well trained team of professionals are doing their utmost to support the needs and best interests of our community at this time.”

Mayor Jamieson also praised the Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Group for its vigilance as the weather event worsened and for bringing key agencies and personnel together, as well as ensuring that appropriate disaster recovery arrangements are geared up and in place as the worst of the weather abates.

“This has without a doubt, been a formidable weather event and its impacts on our community have been far reaching,” he said.

“We have seen more than 50 road closures, schools across the region closed today and tomorrow, some 34,000 power outages and many local impacts including flash flooding and a swift water rescue.

“Our ability to respond in these circumstances and move quickly to protect our community and safeguard public assets is strengthened by the well trained, professional team that support our region’s disaster management arrangements.”

Crews have been mobilised to assess the damage and will return early tomorrow morning to continue their full assessment and attend to damage as soon as possible.

“The region had experienced a very significant weather event and we won’t know the full extent of damage until tomorrow”, Mayor Jamieson said.

“I would ask our community to be patient at this time as the impacts have been widespread.

“As our Local Disaster Management Group Coordinator Andrew Ryan advised earlier this evening, the clean-up will likely take some time.

“At this time council is asking everyone to minimise their travel and take all precautions around fallen trees and powerlines.”

Mayor Jamieson advised that the Local Disaster Management Group continues to remain activated this evening and advises residents to:

  • Avoid unnecessary travel due to expected hazardous road conditions. If travel is unavoidable, remember to never drive through flood waters.
  • Visit council’s Disaster Hub at www.disaster.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au for all the information you need to be prepared before, during and after severe weather including how to plan an emergency kit, weather warnings, road closures, airport information and news updates.
  • Move your car under cover or away from trees.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
  • Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
For assistance call SES 132500. 000 for emergencies.