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Media release: Redland City Council services back


Redland City Council services are up and running again as the city cleans up after ex-Tropical cyclone Debbie.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said while the rain had cleared it was important people remained vigilant to potential dangers such as trees falling after the wet weather.

“There is still a lot of water around, so people need to take precautions including staying out of flood waters,” she said.

“Flooded creeks, drains and rivers are not pools and I would urge everyone to stay away and remember the rule ‘If it’s flooded forget it’.

“With schools across the region still closed children may be tempted to have some fun in local waterways, so parents need to ensure they reinforce these important safety messages. The last thing we want is a tragedy in Redland City.”

“Flood waters can be polluted and may increase risk of diseases and infections.  Avoid swimming and contact with flood water. If you have been in contact with flood waters wash your hands with soap and water.”

The Rocky Passage area of Southern Redland Bay adjacent to Logan River may be impacted by flooding please closely monitor QFES social media.

The National Emergency Alert System is currently alerting people in the Logan and the Gold Coast areas for some evacuations. It is possible some people in the south of Redland City in areas such as the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, Redland Bay, Mt Cotton may receive the mobile phone text messages. This would only occur if the signal from the mobile towers drifts into these areas of the Redlands. There are no evacuations in Redland City.

Cr Williams said Council and SES crews were out surveying the damage, including on our islands.

“There are currently more than 100 trees down across the city and with the ground water-logged trees will continue to be vulnerable to falling over the coming days,” she said.

“It may take some time to attend to all of these trees and we appreciate people’s patience.  To report trees down contact Redland City Council on 3829 8999.

“QFES also advises there is flooding on the Logan River and while Redlands won’t see large impacts, some residents may notice higher river levels and should take care.

“ENERGEX is reporting there are currently 5702 power outages across the city, with more than 2400 of these on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands. To report power outages to Energex phone 13 62 62. To report power lines down phone 13 19 62 and for general inquiries to Energex phone 13 12 53.

“Optus has also advised that there are four mobile towers down affecting residents on MacLeay Island, Lyndon Road and Duncan Road, Capalaba, Benfer and Redland Bay roads, Victoria Point and Hillview Road, Mt Cotton.

“Council sports fields will also remain closed over the weekend and officers will assess the situation on Monday.

“Waste transfer stations are open today and free for all Redland City residents to dump any green waste they may have from last night’s storm.”

REDLAND SES SHOW BIG HEARTS TO HELP  

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams farewells 20 of the city’s big-hearted SES volunteers who are now on their way to Townsville.

The spirit of Redlands was on show at daybreak this morning as Mayor Karen Williams farewelled 20 Redland SES volunteers who are on their way to the north of the state to help in the clean-up. (pictured).

The volunteers are travelling to Townsville and then will be dispatched to Bowen or Proserpine depending on need.

Cr Williams said a city the size of Redlands being able to send 20 SES volunteers was a great achievement and tribute to our community volunteers.

“Some of those volunteers are leaving their own homes that have no power at present,” she said.

“Last night two volunteers from our Southern Moreton Bay Islands even slept at the Council depot at Cleveland to make sure they could get on the plane today.”

The Redlands SES dealt with 58 jobs last night and has 32 to complete this morning.

To report damage to your roof or flooding, contact SES on 132500.

Live updates: Severe weather event Thursday 30 March


Severe weather update: 8:30pm Thursday 30 March

More than 10,500 homes are without power as destructive winds and heavy rain is being experienced in the Redlands this evening.

Major rainfall has passed and 150mm is expected overnight. However, strong winds over 100km/ hour will be problematic well into Friday.

There remains potential for flash flooding on Redlands roads so please drive carefully and heed all warnings. Remember…if it is flooded, forget it!

The Local Disaster Management Group has been stood up to manage emergency operations with police, SES and Energex staff on the mainland and islands.

Leslie Harrison Dam

Seqwater advises Leslie Harrison Dam has started spilling excess water due to heavy rain.

If you are downstream of the dam, please avoid potential hazards such as fast flowing or deep water near waterways and floodplains. These hazards potentially threaten the safety of you and your property.

For dam release information visit: www.seqwater.com.au.

Power Outages

A total of 10,790 Redland City houses had been reported as having lost power as at 8.30pm. These include:

  • Wellington Point – 1884
  • Thornlands – 1836
  • Macleay Island – 1792
  • Russell Island – 1475
  • Redland Bay ­– 1219
  • Thorneside – 905
  • Sheldon – 527
  • Lamb Island – 362
  • Alexandra Hills – 50
  • Capalaba – 634
  • Birkdale – 63
  • Mt Cotton – 2
  • Cleveland – 2
  • Victoria Point – 2

Stay away from fallen power lines and alert people to any danger. Report fallen power lines on 13 19 62.

If you experience blackout:

  • turn off and unplug electrical items
  • use a torch for light if you’ve lost power and avoid using
  • never use wet or damp electrical items.
  • listen to local ABC radio or Bay FM 3 for updates
  • Follow Energex on Facebook and Twitter or check the power outages page for the latest restoration

If you have a medical condition and are reliant on powered medical devices you should seek assistance from family or friends to get to a medical facility or contact emergency services. Please call 000 only for a life threatening emergency.

Road and infrastructure closures

Roads closed:

  • Allan Day Drive, Wellington Point
  • Avalon Road, Sheldon
  • Pitt Road, Wellington Point (Near Nelson Rd)
  • Ricketts Rd, Gumdale

Water over road:

  • Moores Road, Redland Bay has water across road but remains open

Other Infrastructure Closed:

  • Overflow carpark for Softball and Dog Off Leash – Sturgeon St, Ormiston (causeway under water)
  • Mt Cotton Regional Park & Skatepark Carpark, – Bohemian Crescent, Mount Cotton (Public playing areas in floodwaters)
  • Pedestrian Underpass – Hilliards Creek – Sturgeon St, Ormiston (Footpath under water)

Don’t risk your life to cross flooded areas on foot or in a vehicle irrespective of its size and remind children to stay away from floodwaters.

Transport updates

All vehicle and passenger ferry services to the islands have ceased for the evening.

QRail are experiencing delays across the network.

All buses running however there are delays across the network.

Free travel will continue on TransLink until last service today (Thursday 30 March). Normal fares will apply tomorrow (Friday 31 March).

Non-essential travel should be avoided.

Beach closures

It is expected that all beaches from Mackay to the Gold Coast will remain closed tomorrow due to powerful and potentially dangerous surf. Do not enter hazardous surf.

Schools

All public schools, private schools and childcare centres will remain closed Friday 31 March.

Assistance

In emergency situations always call 000.

*Use the SES 132500 number for immediate response calls and the 000 for emergency situations.

Stay updated

Tune in to 612ABC and Bay FM for the latest advice and keep an eye on Council’s website for the latest updates or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Go to the Redland Disaster Management website and check critical information for your preparation and preparedness.

Live update with Mayor Karen Williams at 8:30pm

8:10pm

8:06pm

7.56pm

Energex reporting 6139 residents without power.

 

7.15pm

Energex reporting 3608 residents without power in Redland City.

6.40pm Stradbroke Water Taxis update

There are no more water taxis tonight (Thursday 30 March).  The last one scheduled for 6.25pm was cancelled.  Service announcement due at 5am tomorrow (Friday 31 March).

6.30pm: Reports of fallen powerlines at Capalaba

A reminder to pickup a phone, NEVER a fallen powerline

https://twitter.com/RedlandCouncil/status/847366381775462400

Severe weather update: 5:20pm Thursday 30 March

More than 200 homes in the Redlands are without power as destructive winds and heavy rainfall head towards the  Redlands, expected to peak between 6pm and 9pm this evening

Rainfall totals of 200mm remain likely over the next 24 hours,  with the possibility of isolated falls exceeding 400mm and accompanying strong winds over 100km across the South East

Council staff will be at the below sandbag locations from 6am Friday to determine if more sandbags are required. The locations are below.

  • Cleveland Showgrounds (Norm Price Park), Long Street, Cleveland
  • North Stradbroke Island outside the depot compound on Mitchell Road, Dunwich
  • Macleay Island outside the depot compound on High Central Road
  • Russell Island Davidson Road Gravel Pit

ROAD AND INFRASTRUCTURE CLOSURE UPDATES

Roads Closed:

  • Avalon Road, Sheldon

Water over Road:

  • Pitt Road – near Nelson  Rd intersection, Wellington Point
  • Moores Rd – at Moores Rd Park, Redland Bay

Other Infrastructure Closed:

  • Overflow carpark – Softball and Dog Off Leash, Sturgeon St, Ormiston (causeway under water)
  • Pedestrian Underpass – Hilliards Creek – Sturgeon St, Ormiston (Footpath under water)

Ferry services

Please note update – Bay Island Transit Ferries (call 3206-8033) Update. Services have altered  this afternoon. Unless further updated the following ferries will run from Redland Bay:  5.15pm, 6.20pm, 7.15pm. Night services will be confirmed later.

From Russell Island: There will be NO 5.15pm, OR 6.10pm.  There will be a 5.25pm and 6.50pm.

The vehicle services between Redland Bay and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands have stopped.

Vehicle ferry services from Cleveland to North Stradbroke Island have also ceased.

Passenger ferries to North Stradbroke Island are running on a limited service.

Ferries to Coochiemudlo Island are running on a limited service. The passenger ferry service will cease operation from 5.45pm departing Coochie and 6.00pm departing Victoria Point today.

The vehicular barge to Coochie ceased at 2.20pm.

Severe weather update: 3:40pm Thursday 30 March

The SMBI passenger ferry service is running to the normal timetable at present and island residents are encouraged to make their way home in a safe and timely manner.

Currently 290 customers are without power in Redlands after an ealier 1,520. Affected areas are Capalaba, Ormiston and Sheldon. For more information or to report an outage call 13 62 62 or visit the Energex website.

Power outages

School closures

Department of Education and Training announces that schools closed today will also be closed tomorrow:

Redland City Mayor Cr Karen Williams gives an update on the severe weather at 2.30pm Thursday 30 March

At 2:07pm the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has issued a severe weather warning for the southeast coast district predicting destructive winds and heavy rainfall.

Widespread 24 hour rainfall totals of 150 to 250 mm are expected, with significantly higher accumulations in excess of 400mm possible locally, mostly about the higher ground in southeast Queensland.

This rainfall is likely to lead to major river flooding over a broad area and a Flood Watch is current for coastal catchments between Hervey Bay and the NSW border, extending inland to parts of the Maranoa and Warrego, and Darling Downs and Granite Belt forecast districts.

Redland City Mayor Cr Karen Williams gives an update on the severe weather at 1pm Thursday 30 March

Avalon Road, Sheldon is currently closed.

The following roads are affected by water:

  • Moores Road, Redland Bay
  • Pitt Road, Birkdale
  • Rickertt Road, Thorneside

The Waste Transfer Stations at Birkdale and Redland Bay will be closed from 1pm today due to the weather. Waste Transfer Stations will be open normal hours tomorrow, if safe to do so.

Severe weather update: 11.45am Thursday 30 March

Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has issued several severe weather warnings this morning for the southeast coast district.

  • Update: This warning has now been cancelled.11.33am: Severe thunderstorm warning for southeast Queensland for heavy rainfall. Most council areas in southeast Queensland have been listed but not Redland City at this stage.
  • 11.08am: Dangerous surf conditions are expected in the southeast coast district including Moreton Bay.
  • 10.50am: Severe weather warning for destructive winds and heavy rainfall. Widespread 24 hour rainfall totals in excess of 200 mm are possible, with isolated very heavy totals in excess of 400 mm possible, mostly around the higher ground in southeast Queensland. Destructive wind gusts, in excess of 125 km/h, are possible about the coastal fringe and elevated terrain of the Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast districts during today.

Please stay off the roads and keep informed by following updates on the Bureau of Meteorology website, Queensland Police social media, Queensland Fire social media and our news site:

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Move your car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure loose outdoor items.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under 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 emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

Coochiemudlo residents and visitors are advised that due to extreme weather conditions for this afternoon that the passenger ferry service will cease operation from 5.45pm departing Coochie and 6.00pm departing Victoria Point today. The vehicular barge is currently still operating and at this stage the last barge to Coochie remains at 4.20pm.

The Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) box office will be closed today (12pm-4pm) due to the severe weather currently experienced and increased severity expected to take place this afternoon. Patrons can continue to book online 24/7 using the RPAC website. At this point in time, all scheduled performances occurring this weekend including Tubular Bells for Two and Raw Dance Untapped will continue as normal unless otherwise advised by RPAC management.

Redlands sports fields are closed until further notice. Council Officers will continue to monitor the field conditions over the coming days and will advise if these circumstances change.

10:05am Thursday 30 March

Some roads in Redlands are subject to flooding during heavy rainfall. See the full list of roads which may flood here.

Residents may experience some issues trying to call Council due to a fault at an Optus Tower at Redland Bay Road & Benfer Road, Victoria Point. Optus are trying to resolve the issue as fast as possible and we will advise when this is resolved.

Bin collections

JJ Richards are currently continuing as per normal with both their mainland and island bin collection services.

The Island services (Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra) are dependent on the barges and the decision to cancel a barge will be up to the skipper. If any barges are cancelled collections will cease and an alternative collection day will be arranged for Friday or Monday next week.

Mainland services will continue as normal, however the drivers are running behind schedule. If winds pick up to high speeds, it is suggested that residents move their bin is moved to a safe, secure area.

A Digital Marketing Workshop due to be held at the Alexandra Hills Hotel tonight has been cancelled.

Severe weather warning for destructive winds and heavy rainfall: 8.45am Thursday 30 March

Bureau Of Meteorology (BoM) has issued a severe weather warning for parts of Queensland, including the Southeast Coast district, for destructive winds and heavy rainfall as Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie extends southwards.

Widespread daily rainfall totals in excess of 200 mm are possible, with isolated very heavy daily totals in excess of 400 mm possible, mostly around the higher ground in southeast Queensland. Rainfall will be very intense at times, leading to a risk of severe localised flash flooding.

Always remember: if it’s flooded, forget it! In life-threatening emergencies call 000.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Move your car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure loose outdoor items.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under 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 emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

Sandbags

All self-serve sandbag stations will be open all day today until 4pm when the situation will be reviewed. Please wear enclosed shoes.

  • Cleveland Showgrounds (Norm Price Park), Long Street Cleveland on Thursday 7am to 4pm. Council staff will be onsite to assist.
  • North Stradbroke Island – outside the depot compound Thursday 7am to 4pm.
  • Macleay Is – outside the depot compound Thursday 7am to 4pm.
  • Russell Island – Davidson Rd Gravel Pit Thursday 7am to 4pm.

Make sure you are prepared by reading the advice on Redland City Disaster Management Plan

Important information and closures

  • Redland City Council’s call centre will continue to operate: 3829 8999
  • If you need to get to or from North Stradbroke Island or the Southern Moreton Bay Islands today or tomorrow, please monitor service announcements from ferry operators.
  • RecycleWorld Redland Bay is closed today due to the weather.
  • Celebrity chef cook-off planned for today in Stockland Cleveland has been postponed until Saturday 1 April 12 midday.
  • All schools in South East Queensland are closed today. Children who have already been dropped off will be cared for until parents can make arrangements for them to be collected as soon as possible.
  • All Redland libraries (including mobile libraries) are closed today.

Stay up to date with the latest updates on our

Tune into warnings on 612 ABC Brisbane and Bay FM 100.3

Keep up-to-date with Bureau of Meteorology weather warnings

Media Release: Redlands Severe weather update – ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie


Destructive winds and heavy rainfall is currently on a direct path to Redlands, with the heaviest rainfall expected between 6pm and 9pm this evening and winds expected to continue until early tomorrow morning.

Redland City Mayor and Chair of the Redland Local Disaster Management Group Karen Williams said there was an increased risk to North Stradbroke Island, the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and Coochiemudlo Island as the storm moved across the coastline this evening.

“These islands may become isolated and suffer power outages as the storm intensifies as it crosses the coast,” she said.

Centres for stranded island residents

Cr Williams said Southern Moreton Bay island and Coochiemudlo Island residents unable to return home from the mainland due to limited ferry services, should go to Redland Bay Community Hall, Weinam Street, Redland Bay.

“North Stradbroke residents should go to Redland Performing Arts Centre, 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland,” she said.

“The Local Disaster Management Group has been stood up to manage emergency operations with police, SES and Energex staff on our islands in anticipation of the increasing storm intensity.

“The message for all residents is not to be complacent and be prepared by securing loose items, looking out for each other, avoiding driving, reducing speed and never going through flooded roads.”

Rainfall totals of 200mm remain likely over the next 24 hours, with the possibility of isolated falls exceeding 400mm and accompanying strong winds over 100km across the South East .

There is potential for flash flooding on Redlands roads so please drive carefully and heed all warnings. Remember … if it is flooded, forget it!

Avalon Road, Sheldon is currently closed as at 2pm.

The following roads are affected by water:

  • Moores Road, Redland Bay
  • Pitt Road, Birkdale
  • Rickertt Road, Thorneside

There is limited access on Korawal Street, Capalaba, due to a large tree down.

Don’t risk your life to cross flooded areas on foot or in a vehicle irrespective of its size and remind children to stay away from floodwaters.

Self-service sandbag stations

Self-service sandbagging stations are open until 6pm in the Redlands ahead of expected heavy rain and damaging winds today and tomorrow (Friday).

Self-service sandbag stations are located at:

Cleveland

  • Cleveland Showgrounds (Norm Price Park), Long Street, Cleveland. Council staff will be onsite to assist
  • North Stradbroke Island outside the depot compound on Mitchell Road, Dunwich
  • Macleay Island outside the depot compound on High Central Road
  • Russell Island Davidson Road Gravel Pit

Please note: enclosed shoes must be worn at all sandbag stations.

Transport update 

Free travel is now available on TransLink services for buses, trains and ferries.

Non-essential travel should be avoided.

Ferries

Vehicle ferry services to North Stradbroke Island are limited. The last vehicle ferry from Cleveland departed at midday. The last vehicle ferry from Straddie to the mainland departed at 1pm.

Passenger ferries to North Stradbroke Island are running on a limited service.

For the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, vehicle and passenger ferries are currently  running on a limited service.

The last vehicle service departing from Redland Bay to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands will be at 3.30pm. The last vehicle service departing from Russell Island will be 4.45pm. There are limited spaces available, so recommend changing travel plans if travel is not essential.

Ferries to Coochiemudlo Island are running on a limited service. Due to extreme weather conditions for this afternoon the passenger ferry service will cease operation from 5.45pm departing Coochie and 6.00pm departing Victoria Point today.

The vehicular barge is currently still operating and at this stage the last barge to Coochie remains at 2.20pm.

Power Update

Energex Crews on standby and based on previous storms power outages expected across SE Queensland, including the Bay islands

Stay away from fallen power lines and alert people to any danger

Report fallen power lines on 13 19 62

If you experience blackout

  • turn off and unplug electrical items
  • use a torch for light if you’ve lost power and avoid using
  • never use wet or damp electrical items.
  • listen to local ABC radio or Bay FM 3 for updates
  • Follow Energex on Facebook and Twitter or check the power outages page for the latest restoration

If you have a medical condition and are reliant on powered medical devices you should seek assistance from family or friends to get to a medical facility or contact emergency services. Please call 000 only for a life threatening emergency.

Council closures

Due to the seriousness of the forecast for this afternoon,

  • Council has closed for general services
  • Council Libraries are closed
  • Recycleworld at Redland Bay is closed.
  • Waste transfer stations are closed
  • Council’s Call Centre will continue to operate
  • All essential services, however, will continue to operate and some staff will remain to take residents calls.

Beach closures

All SE Queensland beaches are closed, including patrolled beaches Cylinder and Main beaches on  North Stradbroke Island. Do not enter hazardous surf.

Bin collections

JJ Richards are currently continuing as per normal with both their mainland and island bin collection services.

The Island services (Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra) are dependent on the barges and the decision to cancel a barge will be up to the skipper.

If any barges are cancelled collections will cease and an alternative collection day will be arranged for Friday or Monday next week.

Mainland services will continue as normal, however the drivers are running behind schedule.

If winds pick up to high speeds, it is suggested that residents move their bin is moved to a safe, secure area.

Assistance

In emergency situations always call 000.

*Use the  SES 132500 number for immediate response calls and the 000 for emergency situations.

Stay updated

Tune in to 612ABC and Bay FM for the latest advice and keep an eye on Council’s website for the latest updates or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Go to the Redland Disaster Management site and check critical information for your preparation and preparedness.

Media release: Severe weather update – ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie


Rainfall totals of 200mm remain likely over the next 24 hours, with the possibility of isolated falls exceeding 400mm.

The Local Disaster Management Group has been stood up to manage emergency operations

Be prepared

Go to the Redland Disaster Management site and check critical information for your preparation and preparedness.

There is potential for flash flooding on Redlands roads so please drive carefully and heed all warnings.

Remember … if it is flooded, forget it! Don’t risk your life to cross flooded areas on foot or in a vehicle irrespective of its size and remind children to stay away from floodwaters.

Be prepared for possible power outages.

Self-service sandbag stations

Self-service sandbagging stations will be open from 7am until 6pm in the Redlands ahead of expected heavy rain and damaging winds today and tomorrow (Friday).

Self-service sandbag stations are located at:

Cleveland

  • Cleveland Showgrounds (Norm Price Park), Long Street, Cleveland. Council staff will be onsite to assist
  • North Stradbroke Island outside the depot compound on Mitchell Road, Dunwich
  • Macleay Island outside the depot compound on High Central Road
  • Russell Island Davidson Road Gravel Pit

Please note: enclosed shoes must be worn at all sandbag stations.

School closures

All schools in the in South-East Queensland are officially closed today.

Council closures

Due to the seriousness of the forecast for this afternoon,

  • Council will close down for general services from noon.
  • Council Libraries will be closed
  • Recycleworld at Redland Bay will be closed today.
  • IndigiScapes centre, cafe and grounds are closed today.
  • Councils Call Centre will continue to operate: 3829 8999
  • All essential services, however, will continue to operate and some staff will remain to take residents calls.

Assistance

In emergency situations always call 000.

Use the  SES 132500 number for immediate response calls and the 000 for emergency situations.

Stay updated

Tune in to 612ABC and Bay FM for the latest advice and keep an eye on Council’s website for the latest updates or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Sandbags available ahead of ex-tropical cyclone Debbie


Update: sandbag stations will now be open all day today and as needed into the night.

Self service sandbagging stations will be re-established at the following locations on Thursday 29 March ahead of forecast heavy rainfall. Enclosed shoes must be worn.

  • Cleveland Showgrounds (Norm Price Park), Long Street Cleveland on Thursday 7am to 4pm. Council staff will be onsite to assist.
  • North Stradbroke Island – outside the depot compound Thursday 7am to 4pm.
  • Macleay Is – outside the depot compound Thursday 7am to 4pm.
  • Russell Island – Davidson Rd Gravel Pit Thursday 7am to 4pm.

The Redland SES Unit would like to remind residents to clean their gutters and secure loose items ahead of the forecast rainfall.

Read more about what to expect over the coming days here.

Updated 2:51pm Prepare now for severe weather conditions


Updated 2:51pm Heavy rain and damaging winds are expected across the Redlands on Thursday and Friday as ex-tropical cyclone Debbie makes its way south.

Self service sandbagging stations will be established at the following locations on Wednesday 29 March. Enclosed shoes must be worn.

  • Cleveland Showgrounds (Norm Price Park), Long Street Cleveland on Wednesday 3:30pm until 6pm and Thursday 7am to 10am. Council staff will be onsite to assist.
  • North Stradbroke Island – outside the depot compound from 3pm Wednesday 29 March
  • Macleay Is – outside the depot compound from 3pm Wednesday 29 March
  • Russell Island –  Davidson Rd Gravel Pit from 3pm Wednesday 29 March

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams urged residents to prepare for wet and windy conditions over the next 48 hours, especially those in coastal areas and on the islands.

“With up to 200mm of rain forecast from late Thursday morning until Friday evening, Council’s Local Disaster Coordination Centre (LDCC) and SES volunteers are preparing for the possibility of overland flows and localised flooding,” she said.

“Preparation is key in these situations so take time today to ensure your homes are ready for whatever comes our way. Clean up your yard, check gutters are unblocked and secure outside furniture, especially if you live in a unit.

“Island residents are particularly vulnerable to the elements so please revisit your personal emergency plan and be prepared for the possibility of wild weather and power outages.”

Cr Williams said the LDCC were on alert and would provide further information as it became available.

“We know from the aftermath of ex-tropical cyclones Oswald and Marcia there is potential for flash flooding on Redlands roads so please drive carefully and heed all warnings,” she said.

“Remember … “if it is flooded, forget it!” Don’t risk your life to cross flooded areas on foot or in a vehicle irrespective of its size and remind children to stay away from floodwaters.

Tune in to 612ABC and Bay FM for the latest advice and keep an eye on Council’s website for the latest updates or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Seqwater advise Lesley Harrison Dam is currently sitting at 68 per cent but will fill rapidly during heavy rain. Visit seqwater.com.au to subscribe to their dam release notifications.