UPDATE 6PM THURS: Flood watch and weather update for Logan
Flood warnings for Albert and Logan rivers
The Albert and Logan rivers are expected to reach near record peak levels on Friday and Saturday, posing flood risks to properties in the vicinity.
Albert River water levels are expected to peak at 8am Friday while the Logan River water levels are expected to peak at McLean Bridge at midnight on Friday night and midday Saturday at Waterford Bridge.
Water levels downstream are expected to rise to peak levels similar to the 2013 flood event.
People living with the vicinity of flood prones areas around the rivers are urged to monitor the rising water levels and prepare to take action for their own safety and their families.
It might look fun to take the board out and play in the flood water but there can be all kinds of dangerous debris beneath the surface, so if it's flooded, forget it.
Heavy rainfall is affecting the entire City of Logan and is expected to continue this evening, into early Friday morning.
Damaging wind gusts of up to 90km/h are also expected during this time.
For emergencies, please call the SES on 132 500 or call Triple Zero (000) for assistance.
The SES have eight crews in the area and have so far received 193 requests for assistance and will continue to work on those throughout.
People are asked to stay inside and avoid the roads as wild weather sets in for Logan.
Monitor Council's Disaster Dashboard for live updates: http://disaster.logan.qld.gov.au/
More than 125 roads, including Mt Lindesay Highway, are closed this afternoon due to flooding: http://disaster.logan.qld.gov.au/road-hazards
Trees have fallen on powerlines in a few locations around the city, knocking out power to about 4,500 homes across the city.
For more information and updates on responses to power outages, visit the Energex website.
Sandbag collection points
Please note, sandbag collection points are now closed and aim to re-open at 8am Friday morning.
This is due to poor light and safety of staff and volunteers.
Sandbag collection points are:
- The SES depots at Daisy Hill (26-36 Winnetts Rd)
- Eagleby Community Centre (8-16 Cowper Avenue, Eagleby)
- Logan Village (1464 Waterford-Tamborine Rd)
- Logan City Council's Marsden Depot (181 Chambers Flat Rd, Marsden)
- Munruben Depot, 113-127 Crowson Lane, Munruben
With the exception of Marsden, people will be expected to fill the sandbags themselves.
Please be aware, that due to the overwhelming demand, traffic around the sandbag collection points will be congested.
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.
Emergency Contacts You Should 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 page www.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 1800173 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 policyholders if they are uncertain which insurer they are with, or have general inquiries about the claims 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.
Avoid all unnecessary travel on Thursday due to expected hazardous road conditions.
- Visit council’s Disaster Dashboard http://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.
- Move your car under cover or away from trees.
- Secure loose outdoor items.
- Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
- 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.
Parks, Reserves and Trails closures
- 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
Due to flooded roads, some bin collections have not been able to be done on Thursday as scheduled. Residents should leave the bins out for collection on Friday.
Council Customer Service
Due to school closures on Friday and region-wide appeals to people to limit travel and stay home, Council will be operating on a skeleton staff during Friday.
It would be of great assistance if customers considering contacting Council do so only for urgent or emergency enquiries. Please be aware that Council’s contact centre and customer service centres will be operating on limited capacity on Friday.
The State Government has advised ALL schools will be closed on Friday.
Go to http://closures.det.qld.gov.au/ for updates on school closures.
Libraries and Logan Art Gallery
Due to the severe weather, the all Logan City Council Libraries will be closing today from 12pm.
Mayes Cottage and Logan Art Gallery will also be closed.
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.
Eats and Beats at IKEA Logan and Logan Super Centre on Friday night has been cancelled.
We apologise for any inconvenience however, the safety of guests, artists, vendors and staff on their way to and from the event is our priority.
The Eridani Fun Day planned for Saturday 1 April at Eridani Park Kingston has also been cancelled.
For Media Inquiries, please call Toby Walker on 0413 876 713 or email TobyWalker@logan.qld.gov.au