(29-03-17) Ex Tropical Cyclone Debbie Update

Public Information Announcement 4 (1100 hrs).

At 11am EST Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie was located over inland central Queensland about 130 kilometres west-northwest of Moranbah. The system is expected to continue moving southwards over the central interior of the state today before tracking south-eastwards during Thursday.

North Burnett Regional Council has again met with Bundaberg Regional Council and the District Disaster Management Committee, BOM and State Disaster Committee to look at possible scenarios for any rain event.

Council will continue to monitor the river heights and will be calling together the full Local Disaster Management Group this afternoon to ensure preparedness.

Rainfall is expected to extend into south east Queensland during Thursday, with widespread rainfall totals of 50-150 mm possible. In consultation with SunWater, Council has been advised of possible outflows, dependant on rain fall, from the Wuruma, Boondooma and Paradise Dams.

Council has been preparing our resources over the past week and is ready for any potential weather event. It is expected that the heaviest rain will be over Thursday with a real possibility that the weather will clear by the weekend.

Very heavy rainfall may also lead to localised flash flooding – “If Its Flooded Forget It” – Road closures can be found through Main Roads and Council Website. Residents are urged to take road closures seriously and not to attempt to cross flooded roads -even a small amount of water is enough to sweep a large vehicle off the road.

Flood waters are deadly and run faster and often deeper than most people realise. They also carry debris such as fallen trees which can be very dangerous and cause significant injuries if they hit someone.

In a life-threatening emergency, which includes vehicles trapped in floodwater people are urged to call triple zero (000) immediately.

For storm and flood related assistance contact the State Emergency Service on 132 500.

See the Department of Transport and Main Roads website for information on traffic conditions or call 13 19 40.

For further information please tune into your local ABC radio, log on to Council’s website, phone 1300 696 272 (1300 MY NBRC) or email.

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