4pm update - Logan flood conditions
Council is closely watching the Logan River at Eagelby which is expected to peak this evening.
The Logan River flood peak at Waterford has been revised down to 10.3 metres and is expected to peak late this afternoon.
The Logan River at Maclean's Bridge peaked earlier today and water levels are falling at this time.
Floodwaters in the Albert River continue to fall although a number of suburbs have pockets of isolation.
Around 40 homes have been flooded in the Albert River catchment.
More than 200 homes in the Logan River catchment may have been affected.
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
Kerbside clean up
Council has arranged a kerbside collection for flood rubbish.
Residents are urged to leave flood debris outside their properties for collection.
However council is asking the public to be patient as it may be some time before all the rubbish can be removed.
Council has received a number of inquiries from the public asking how they can help.
Council appreciates the offers of assistance, however given the unpredictable nature of the flooding council is urging residents to wait until a formal clean up strategy is released.
Council is currently finalising arrangements for the recovery phase of the flood emergency and will announce volunteering opportunities soon.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for details.
Logan’s drinking water supply is expected to remain safe to drink despite the effects of high rainfall and flooding.
Two pump stations (George Street and Distillery Road) have been innundated and are off-line.
There are service interuptions at Beenleigh, Bannockburn, Bethania and Belivah.
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.
If your house has been inundated please complete this form http://ow.ly/r15l30asC6Y
This will help Logan City Council support flood effected residents in the coming days.
Council encourages you to share this information with anyone who may be affected.
If you need assistance filling out the form please contact Logan City Council Customer Service on 3412 3412.
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.
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.
Sandbags are available at the following council depots.
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.
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 more than 4800 homes still without power in Logan. 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.
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.
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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