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Severe weather update - Sunday, 27 January 2013


Emergency services have had another extremely busy night with severe weather continuing to impact central and south east Queensland.

The State Emergency Service (SES) received more than 800 requests for assistance in the 24 hours to 5am Sunday, 27 January 2013. More than half of these jobs were concentrated on the north coast area, which stretches from Bundaberg to the Sunshine Coast and inland. Central Queensland was also a focal point for SES response, with more than 160 jobs actioned. There were more than 55 jobs in the Brisbane area and more than 75 in the south east. The most common jobs have been for leaking roofs, roof damage and sandbagging.

Swift water rescue technicians are currently in the water working to retrieve two people from Widgee Creek at Gympie Woolooga Rd, Widgee. Firefighters were called to the job around 4am this morning. Up to 46 people were successfully evacuated by SES and QFRS at Biloela overnight. A number of other swift water and flood boat rescues occurred overnight.

Emergency Alerts were issued overnight for Moreton Bay, Biloela, Benaraby (Gladstone) and Winfield (north of Bundaberg).

Emergency services are urging residents to take care with heavy rainfall expected to continue across Queensland.

For flood or storm related assistance, contact the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500, or in a life-threatening emergency phone Triple Zero (000).

Contact for media enquiries: DCS media unit on (07) 3635 3310.

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