Wet weather update - Tuesday, 26 February 2013
The State Emergency Service (SES) received more than 230 requests for assistance in the 24 hour period to 5am Tuesday, 26 February. Of these jobs, almost 80 were for the South Eastern Region, close to 35 were for the South Western Region and more than 70 were for the North Coast Region, which includes the Sunshine Coast and Gympie. Brisbane had more than 45 calls for assistance. Most of these jobs were for leaking roofs, roof damage and response to flooding.
Firefighters are urging motorists to heed warnings and stay out of floodwaters.
Fire crews attended to a flooded road at Marsden overnight, where a motorist required assistance after their vehicle became stuck in floodwaters. In addition, swift water rescue technicians are currently entering floodwaters via flood boat to retrieve a motorist at Kandanga. The driver of the vehicle is currently safe and on dry land.
Several motorists took their lives in their hands overnight at the Stanley River crossing on the corner of the D'aguilar Highway and Canando Street Woodford, by ignoring signage and entering floodwaters.
Floodwaters can be deadly and entering them also endangers the lives of rescuers. Remember, if it's flooded, forget it.
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 .
Contact for media enquiries: DCS media unit on (07) 3635 3310.