9am update - Logan flood conditions
The Logan River is continuing to rise to levels not seen since 1974.
It is likely to peak at near 10.50 metres at Waterford later this morning.
The Logan River at Eagleby may peak near six metres later this afternoon.
Floodwaters in the Albert River have peaked near record levels but are beginning to fall, however many communities remain isolated.
Affected suburbs include North Maclean, South Maclean, Munruben, Stockleigh, Jimboomba, Chambers Flat, Logan Village, Logan Reserve, Crestmead, Marsden, Kingston, Buccan, Park Ridge South, Waterford, Loganlea, Meadowbrook, Waterford, Bethania, Edens Landing, Slacks Creek, Holmview, Beenleigh, Loganholme, Eagleby, Cornubia and Carbrook.
The latest stream level information is available on the Bureau of Meteorology website at www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings/flood/logan-albert-river-basin.shtml
What you should do
Emergency crews are responding to the flood disaster, you can assist them by staying away from flood affected areas and keeping yourself, friends, family and neighbours safe.
If you do see rising water or are in a flood prone area council advises you to move to higher ground straight away.
Stay away from floodwaters!
Flooding and power outages sometimes lead to the unavoidable discharge raw sewage and other contaminants into floodwaters.
This is one of the reasons that walking or playing in water is discouraged, particularly if you have open wounds or cuts.
It is advisable to wear shoes in areas which have been covered in water until they dry out.
For displaced residents unable to relocate to family or friends, evacuation centres are open at:
* Beenleigh PCYC, 20-38 Alamein Street, Beenleigh; and
* Logan Metro Sports Centre, 357 Browns Plains Rd, Crestmead
Registered assistance animals are permitted but pets cannot be housed at the centres.
The Evacuation Centre will contact an Animal Care Officer who will collect and temporarily house your pet at Council’s Animal Care Centre at 213 Queens Rd, Kingston.
A total of 4000 sandbags were issued on Friday and sandbags will again be available in Logan today.
Sandbag collection points are:
* The SES depot at Daisy Hill (26-36 Winnetts Rd) – opens 7.30am
* The SES depot at Logan Village (1464 Waterford-Tamborine Rd) – opens 7.30am
* Logan City Council's Marsden Depot (181 Chambers Flat Rd, Marsden) – opens 7am
* Logan City Council’s Munruben Depot, 113-127 Crowson Lane, Munruben – opens 7am
With the exception of Marsden who have approximately 800 pre-made sandbags, people will be expected to fill the sandbags themselves.
Sandbags will be limited to 10 per vehicle due to the need to meet demand across the city.
People are asked to exercise caution as many roads are being cut and underwater.
Loganlea Road and Paradise Road at Slacks Creek are now flooded and affecting access to and from the M1 Motorway.
There are areas across the city that are isolated or still have the potential to become isolated due to flooding.
River heights are likely to remain high for the next 24 to 48 hours.
Monitor Council's Disaster Dashboard for live updates: www.disaster.logan.qld.gov.au
Council has been notified that the water supply for certain areas of Bannockburn is affected.
Crews are currently working to restore supply.
Logan’s drinking water supply is expected to remain safe to drink despite the effects of high rainfall and flooding.
The Logan Hospital remains accessible from the M1 Motorway.
However the east and western approaches to Logan Hospital via Loganlea Road are blocked.
The Go Via Network will waive the tolls at the on/off ramps at the Loganlea Rd toll point only until further notice.
Local business operators seeking advice about assistance that’s available or information about getting their business back up and running following flooding or storm damage should contact the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.
There are power outages are in various locations across the city. For more information and updates on responses to power outages, visit the Energex website.
This also includes residents who also bring in wheelie bins that were unable to be collected by JJ Richards during the week due to road closures.
To inquire about opening hours of your closest Waste Disposal Facility go to: http://ow.ly/Rc6H30aqC67
Jimboomba, Logan Village and Greenbank Libraries will remain closed today (Saturday, 1 April)
All other Logan City Council Libraries will be open and will continue to provide services to the community.
The Logan Art Gallery will also be open today (Saturday, 1 April).
Council’s Animal Care Centre at 213 Queens Road will be open for standard business hours of 9am to 2pm today (Saturday, 1 April).
Parks, reserves and trail closures
The following parks, reserves and trails are currently closed until further notice:
* Neville Lawrie Reserve, Daisy Hill
* Cornubia Forest Park, Cornubia
* Kimberley Forest Park, Shailer Park
* Springwood Conservation Park, Springwood
* Spring Mountain Reserve and associated trail networks through Parrot Reserve, Lyndale Reserve and Thornbill Reserve, Greenbank
* Spring Mountain Forest Park, Greenbank
* Birnam Range Reserve, Jimboomba
* Underwood Park, Underwood
* Gould Adams Park
* Doug Larsen Park
* Timothy Park
* Berrinba Wetlands
* Loganlea Picnic Grounds
* Mt Warren Oval
* Noyer Park
* Albert River Parklands
* Alberta Park
* Riverdale Park
* JJ Smith Park
* Meakin Park
The potential for reopening parks is expected to be assessed from Monday.
Sports and Aquatic Centres
Aquatic Centres, Indoor Sports Centres, Logan Entertainment Centre, Beenleigh Events Centre and other Community Venues have been closed and all sporting fixtures within sports centres cancelled until further notice.
The Connecting Our Communities events in Yarrabilba, scheduled for today (1 April) at St Clares Primary School Yarrabilba, has been cancelled.
The Eridani Fun Day planned for today (Saturday 1 April) at Eridani Park, Kingston has also been cancelled.
Emergency contacts you need to know
* For storm and flood assistance contact the SES on 132 500 and in a life threatening emergency call Triple Zero (000). You can also download the SES Assistance App by visiting http://www.emergency.qld.gov.au/ses/
* The Queensland Police Service is constantly updating information on their Facebook pagewww.facebook.com/QueenslandPolice Twitter (@QPSMedia) account and our myPolice blogs www.mypolice.qld.gov.au
* The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services is also regularly updating their information on Facebook www.facebook.com/QldFireandRescueService/ Twitter (@QldFES)
* The Department of Transport and Main Roads has an extensive list of road closures at the QLD Traffic website at www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au – it includes an interactive map, a list of road closures and live traffic cameras. You can also call 13 19 40.
* Please keep in mind the only way to stay safe is to stay out of floodwater. The best way to avoid floodwater is to make sure you are prepared. If it’s flooded, forget it. For more information visit http://floodwatersafety.initiatives.qld.gov.au/
* For more information about preparing for this severe weather event, please visit https://getready.qld.gov.au/
* For those who are concerned about friends and family in affected areas, the Red Cross has opened ‘Register Find Reunite’. This service helps to find and reunite family, friends and loved ones during a disaster. You can register or look for someone on the Red Cross Website at www.redcross.org.au
* Listen to ABC Local Radio, the emergency broadcaster in Queensland.
* Disaster affected people can contact the Community Recovery Hotline for information and support on 1800 173 349. People are requested to be patient when calling the Community Recovery Hotline.
* The Insurance Council of Australia has declared a catastrophe for damage caused by TC Debbie. The Disaster Hotline (phone 1800 734 621) can help policy holders if they are uncertain which insurer they are with, or have general inquiries about the claim’s process.
* Take extreme care when handling damaged asbestos containing materials - as it could pose serious health risks. If you are concerned, or would like more information, contact your local authority on 13QGOV (137468) or go to www.deir.qld.gov.au/asbestos/
* For further information visit www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies/cleaning-up
* Please remember, Emergency Departments are only for seriously injured or ill people who need immediate treatment and you should visit your local GP or call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for any minor injuries.
* Visit Council’s Disaster Dashboard at www.disaster.logan.qld.gov.au for all the information you need to be prepared before, during and after severe weather including how to plan an emergency kit, weather warnings, road closures, airport information and news updates.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
Please keep an eye on the Disaster Dashboard at www.disaster.logan.qld.gov.au for regular updates about road conditions, weather warnings, power outages and much more. Please refresh the web link to ensure you receive the most current update.
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