Disaster centre activated

A Local Disaster Coordination Centre has been established in Gympie as heavy rain causes localised and flash flooding, cutting of roads and causing the evacuation of homes in areas such as Kilkivan, Woolooga and Widgee.

LDMG Chair and Gympie Regional Council Mayor, Cr Ron Dyne, urged people to stay off the roads and put their safety first.

"A swift water rescue team is currently in operation in the Widgee area, with one person confirmed rescued, one still to be rescued and one missing," Cr Dyne said.

"The situation is rapidly changing, so I urge everyone to take heed of warnings, stay indoors if they can and stay away from flooded or closed roads.

"Bureau of Meteorology modelling has the cell moving over the Mary River catchment area and river potentially peaking at 17 metres, which is well over the last flood event.

"The centre is alerting Mary Street and One Mile businesses to start to think about activating their flood plans and we urge local residents to also put their emergency plans in place."

Evacuation centres have been set up at the Kilkivan Public Hall in Bligh Street and Rainbow Beach Community Hall. Imbil hall is also open for evacuees.

Local road closure information is available at on council's website, located at www.gympie.qld.gov.au or by calling the Local Disaster Coordination Centre hotline at 5482 6399.

The centre is also in contact with Energex and Ergon with respect to restoring power in areas such as Kilkivan.

For updated information
•         Weather warnings and forecasts - listen to your local ABC radio station or visit the Bureau of Meteorology website (www.bom.gov.au)
•         Local road closure information - visit council's website at www.gympie.qld.gov.au or call council on 5482 6399.
•         Main road closures and statewide travel information - call the Department of Main Roads travel service on 13 1940 or visit www.131940.qld.gov.au.

In an emergency
•         Call 000 in a life-threatening emergency
•         Contact the SES Emergency Line on 13 2500 for assistance with damage.

What to do
•         Be vigilant and monitor water levels in your local area.
•         Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
•         Obey road closed signs.
•         Ensure children do not play in or near strongly flowing water, near culverts or open stormwater drains.
•         Drive carefully, assuming that flooding (either local or river) may be across the road you are driving on.
•         Be Prepared - Information to assist businesses and residents is available from council's website at www.gympie.qld.gov.au. You can also access the Emergency Action Plan, Local Disaster Management Plan and Gympie CBD Flood Plan from the website.


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