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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

MBRC Continues to Monitor Floods

Moreton Bay Regional Council is urging residents to continue to plan and prepare for localised flooding amid predications the region will continue to experience moderate to heavy rainfall over the coming days.
Mayor Allan Sutherland said council and the Local Disaster Control Centre were continuing to closely monitor rainfall, dam release and flood information.  A Local Disaster Management Group meeting was held at 11am today.
"Although the rain has eased in some areas, the region is still on track to receive 50 to 100mm today – with more to follow throughout the rest of the week,” Mayor Sutherland said.
"Flooding has receded in a number of local catchments around Burpengary and Caboolture but the Stanley River around Woodford is continuing to rise slowly and we will be watching this situation very closely as well as possible impacts on surrounding roadways.
“Releases at the North Pine Dam have been wound back but Youngs Crossing Road is likely to remain closed for some time due to inflows from Sidling Creek.” 
Around 90 roads are closed while 50 roads are passable with care.
Mayor Sutherland said three further evacuation centres had opened at Caboolture, Morayfield and Woodford to support centres at Narangba and Deception Bay that remained open overnight.
“With plenty of wet weather still on the cards and a saturated catchment, we are continuing to make sure we have appropriate arrangements in place,” Mayor Sutherland said.
Mayor Sutherland said 264 requests for assistance had been received by the SES in the last 24 hours.
“Around 45 SES volunteers are in the field today mainly assisting with leaking roofs and sandbagging,” Mayor Sutherland said.
Preparing for flooding
Know the risks of flooding around your property – council has region-wide flood maps on its website
  • Be prepared with a household emergency plan about what you need to do if you are at risk of flooding.
  • Your emergency plan should include a kit of emergency numbers, a battery-operated radio, food, bottled water and first-aid kit.
  • Program your battery-operated radio to 101.5 FM.
  • Stay tuned for regular updates.
 More advice about how you can prepare you and your family is available from
 Local residents are encouraged to monitor 101.5FM for weather updates, warnings and road condition updates.
For flood or storm assistance call the SES on 132 500 or contact council on 3205 0555.