6am update - Logan flood conditions

Published: 01 Apr 2017 6:19am

Widespread areas of significant major flooding are continuing in the Logan and Albert River catchments.

Flood levels in the Albert River peaked close to record flood levels and flood levels in the Logan River are generally the highest since 1974 and are expected to exceed 2013 levels.

Logan residents need to exercise care on the city’s roads as floodwaters continue to progress downstream.

While peak levels have been reached in some areas water levels are expected to stay elevated for another 24 to 48 hours.

Water levels continue to peak along the Logan River, with areas downstream of the Scenic Rim area yet to see their highest levels.

Affected suburbs include South Maclean, Munruben, Logan Village, Flagstone, Stockleigh, Buccan, Chambers Flat, Logan Reserve, Loganlea, Waterford West and Waterford. 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

BOM modelling indicates expected peak levels still expected are:
* Waterford - 10.5 metres at noon today (Saturday 1 April)
* Reidel Rd - 2 metres at midnight tonight (Saturday 1 April - Logan River Peak – 2nd peak)

The peak for floodwaters on Maclean Bridge has now passed. The peak was expected to occur about 8pm last night but ended up occurring in the early hours of this morning with a final level of 20.7 metres.

Council will continue to monitor the situation downstream over today.

Residents need to monitor access to their properties and leave affected areas if at risk.

People on the Logan River should seek higher ground in advance of rising waters to ensure their safety.

Flooding has peaked in the Albert River but further rises could occur when the Logan River peak travels down past the junction. The impact when this occurs will be lower than the levels experienced yesterday.

Please do not drive through flooded roads. Remember – if it’s flooded forget it!

Evacuation centres still open:

Residents in flood prone areas are urged to consider moving to higher ground.

For 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.

Sandbag collection points:

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.

Please note, sandbags can also be purchased from hardware stores and other similar retailers.
Looking after each other

Please contact your friends and family to let them know that you are safe – and check on your neighbours – particularly if they are elderly or have a disability.

Beware of debris such as fallen branches and any fallen powerlines.

Flooding brings hidden dangers

Flooding and power outages sometimes lead to the unavoidable discharge of 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.

Emergency services:

For emergencies, please call the SES on 132 500 or call Triple Zero (000) if the matter is life threatening.

SES crews have so far received 386 requests for assistance up to 10.30pm last night and will continue today to clear the backlog of calls.

Road closures and transport:

People are asked to exercise caution as many roads are being cut and underwater.

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

Road closure – Logan Hospital access:

Loganlea Rd is now flooded. As a result until further notice access to and from Logan Hospital is only available via the Logan Motorway.

As a result the Go Via Network will waive the tolls at the on/off ramps at the Loganlea Rd toll point only until further notice.

Water supply:

The water supply at Bannockburn has now been restored.

Residents in the Luscombe area will remain without water until later today. Work on restoring supply will commence as soon as crews can access the area this morning.

Logan’s drinking water remains safe:

Logan’s drinking water supply is expected to remain safe to drink despite the effects of high rainfall and flooding.

Drinking water is treated to meet stringent standards at SEQ water plants.

The water in Logan City’s reticulation system is regularly tested and monitored to ensure it complies with the guidelines set by Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and endorsed by the World Health Organization.

If any problems are identified during testing Council would immediately initiate measures to identify and rectify the cause while issuing a request to not consume water without first boiling it.

These measures are not currently necessary because of the continued quality of the city’s water supply.

Business assistance: 

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.

Power outages:

There are power outages are in various locations across the city and at 4.30am about 4,608 homes were affected.

For more information and updates on responses to power outages, visit the Energex website.

Free dumping for Logan residents:

Until further notice to assist in the clean-up of Logan, residents arriving at Council's waste facilities with waste from flood/storm damage will be offered free disposal.

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

Council facilities:

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
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.

Event cancellations:

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.

You should:
* 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.

For Media Inquiries, please call 3412 5966 or email JulieBrumfield-Jones@logan.qld.gov.au
Media officer: Julie Brumfield-Jones