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Lord Mayor urges resident to get ready for rainfall

25 January, 2013

Lord Mayor urges residents to get ready for rainfall

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is warning residents to secure their property and plan ahead this Australia Day long weekend, with ex- tropical cyclone Osmond predicted to bring wet and windy conditions to parts of Brisbane.

The Lord Mayor said council would continue to monitor the situation closely over the weekend after a severe weather warning was issued last night for areas in the Brisbane local government area, including possible heavy rain, strong winds and potential flash flooding.

Cr Quirk said he hoped Brisbane would be spared the majority of the predicted bad weather, however reminded residents the storms could be unpredictable and they needed to be calm but prepared.

He said sandbags would be made available at council depots from this morning for those residents wanting to take precautionary action, particularly those in low-lying areas around creek catchments such as Norman Creek, Bulimba Creek, Breakfast/Enoggera Creek, Zilman Waterhole (Boondall), Stable Swamp/Oxley Creek and Cabbage Tree Creek.

“Even if this weather front slows, we’re still expecting a fairly wet Australia Day weekend so residents should be prepared and have plans in place should flooding and high winds occur,” Cr Quirk said.

“We can never predict the weather and I want people to still go out and have a good day on Australia Day, they simply need to be prepared ‘just in case’.

“This is particularly important given a lot of people are going to be out and about this weekend in areas they may not be familiar with – know where you’re going and don’t drive through water over roads.

“People should also sign up to council’s early warning alert service and twitter page for updates, secure any outdoor furniture and report any incidents such as fallen trees branches or major pot holes caused by the wet to council on 3404 8888.”

Cr Quirk said residents could sign up to Council’s free Early Warning Alert Service at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au to receive an alert by email, SMS or voice message to their landline when severe weather may affect their residential address.

Pre-filled sandbags are available for collection today and all weekend from the following Brisbane City Council depots:
• Darra Works Depot, Shamrock Street
• Morningside Works Depot, 9 Redfern Street
• Virginia Depot, Lathe Street
• Newmarket SES Depot, 66 Wilston Road, Newmarket (8.00am to 4.00pm)

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