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Heavy rainfall predicted for eastern parts of Queensland

22/02/2013

Communities across the eastern parts of Queensland, south of Bowen to the New South Wales border, should prepare in earnest for heavy rainfall, which is likely to impact areas from Sunday afternoon.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has predicted that a broad tough is expected to develop over eastern Queensland on Sunday afternoon and into the evening.

It is anticipated this system will drift south to the border and inland ranges but has the potential to become stationary over Bundaberg and to the south by early next week.

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) Assistant Director-General Bruce Grady said it was likely the Central Coast, particularly the Whitsunday, Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast areas would be most affected.

“This system has the potential to produce localised heavy rainfall, flash flooding and damaging winds on exposed coasts south of Bundaberg and residents should be prepared,” Mr Grady said.

“People should stay informed by tuning into their local radio and monitoring the BoM website for the latest information.

“Residents should check their home, in particular the roof to ensure it is in good condition, trim branches clear of the house, clean gutters, clear their property of debris and secure loose outdoor items.

“Also ensure their emergency kit is well-stocked, with essential items, and is kept close by. People should also be alert to the dangers associated with falling tress as a result of the anticipated high wind gusts.

“If you are located in an area which could potentially be impacted by localised flooding, move vehicles, outdoor equipment, indoor items, garbage, chemicals and poisons to higher locations. Also be alert to the dangers associated with falling trees as a result of the anticipated high wind gusts.”

Mr Grady reminded residents that if it’s flooded, forget it.

“Under no circumstance should people enter flooded creeks or causeways by road or on foot and if you come across rising floodwaters, turn around and seek an alternative route,” he said.

“Parents, please also discourage your children from playing or swimming in flooded creeks and drains. Floodwaters are deadly and the dangers are lurking beneath the surface.

“There is no excuse for those who deliberately drive past a road closed sign into floodwater or ignore the advice of emergency authorities. You’re not only putting your life at risk, but the lives of your rescuers.”

For flood and storm assistance contact the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500 and for life-threatening emergencies dial triple zero (000).

Further information on weather warnings can be found at the BoM website at www.bom.gov.au or by tuning into your local radio. For more information on how to prepare visit www.disaster.qld.gov.au .



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