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DCS response to severe weather event - Tuesday, 19 February


The State Emergency Service (SES) has received approximately 136 requests for assistance in the 24-hour period to 7am, Tuesday, 19 February. These jobs were mainly for leaking roofs, tarping and flood assistance.

Approximately 30 of these requests for assistance were received from the Brisbane region, with nine of the jobs located in Deception Bay. Approximately 45 requests for assistance were received from the north coast region, with 29 of the jobs located in the Sunshine Coast area and eight in Bundaberg. Approximately 31 requests for assistance were received from the south eastern region, with 16 of the jobs located in the Gold Coast area.

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) responded to three water-related incidents overnight. Firefighters were called to Tamborine-Oxenford Road, Wongawallan at around 8.15pm to a vehicle stranded on a flooded road. At around 8.50pm, firefighters were called to Birds Road, Guanaba, near the Coomera River Bridge, to two vehicles submerged in a flooded causeway. At both incidents, all persons were located safe on dry land when firefighters arrived.

Fire crews also responded to reports of a vehicle in floodwater at Paradise Road, Larapinta (near Logan) at around midnight. On arrival, the occupants were located safe on dry land.

While the QFRS did not conduct any swift water rescues overnight, residents are reminded: If its flooded, forget it. Under no circumstances should people risk driving or walking through floodwaters.

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) is urging residents to take care with severe weather conditions expected to continue today. If residents require storm and flood assistance they should contact the SES on 132 500. In a life-threatening emergency, which includes vehicles trapped in floodwater, always dial Triple Zero (000).

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

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