Media release: Redlands Severe weather update – ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie


More than 200 homes in the Redlands are without power as destructive winds and heavy rainfall head towards the  Redlands, expected to peak between 6pm and 9pm this evening

Rainfall totals of 200mm remain likely over the next 24 hours,  with the possibility of isolated falls exceeding 400mm and accompanying strong winds over 100km across the South East

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said there is an increased risk to North Stradbroke Island, the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and Coochiemudlo Island as the storm moves across the coastline this evening.

“These islands may become isolated and suffer power outages as the storm intensifies as it crosses the coast.

“Despite opening two centres to accommodate potentially stranded Islanders I am pleased to say that everyone seems to have made their way safely to their home or are staying with family or friends.

“As a result the centres at Redland Bay Community Hall, Weinam Street, Redland Bay, and Redland Performing Arts Centre, 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland will close at 6pm.

“I congratulate islanders once again for their planning and resilience,” Cr Williams said.

“There remains potential for flash flooding on Redlands roads so please drive carefully and heed all warnings. Remember … if it is flooded, forget it!

“The Local Disaster Management Group has been stood up to manage emergency operations with police, SES and Energex staff on our islands in anticipation of the increasing storm intensity.”

Ferry services

Please note update – Bay Island Transit Ferries (call 3206-8033) Update. Services have altered  this afternoon. Unless further updated the following ferries will run from Redland Bay:  5.15pm, 6.20pm, 7.15pm. Night services will be confirmed later.

From Russell Island: There will be NO 5.15pm, OR 6.10pm.  There will be a 5.25pm and 6.50pm.

The vehicle services between Redland Bay and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands have stopped.

Vehicle ferry services from Cleveland to North Stradbroke Island have also ceased.

Passenger ferries to North Stradbroke Island are running on a limited service.

Ferries to Coochiemudlo Island are running on a limited service. The passenger ferry service will cease operation from 5.45pm departing Coochie and 6.00pm departing Victoria Point today.

The vehicular barge to Coochie ceased at 2.20pm.

Power Outages

A total of 218 Redland City houses had been reported as having lost power at 5:20pm today. The following areas are still affected.

  • Capalaba – 206
  • Mt Cotton – 12

Stay away from fallen power lines and alert people to any danger. Report fallen power lines on 13 19 62

If you experience blackout

  • turn off and unplug electrical items
  • use a torch for light if you’ve lost power and avoid using
  • never use wet or damp electrical items.
  • listen to local ABC radio or Bay FM 3 for updates
  • Follow Energex on Facebook and Twitter or check the power outages page for the latest restoration

If you have a medical condition and are reliant on powered medical devices you should seek assistance from family or friends to get to a medical facility or contact emergency services. Please call 000 only for a life threatening emergency.

ROAD AND INFRASTRUCTURE CLOSURE UPDATES

Roads Closed:

  • Avalon Road, Sheldon

Water over Road:

  • Pitt Road – near Nelson  Rd intersection, Wellington Point
  • Moores Rd – at Moores Rd Park, Redland Bay

Other Infrastructure Closed:

  • Overflow carpark – Softball and Dog Off Leash, Sturgeon St, Ormiston (causeway under water)
  • Pedestrian Underpass – Hilliards Creek – Sturgeon St, Ormiston (Footpath under water)

Don’t risk your life to cross flooded areas on foot or in a vehicle irrespective of its size and remind children to stay away from floodwaters.

Self-service sandbag stations

Self-service sandbagging stations are open until 6pm in the Redlands.

Self-service sandbag stations are located at:

  • Cleveland Showgrounds (Norm Price Park), Long Street, Cleveland
  • North Stradbroke Island outside the depot compound on Mitchell Road, Dunwich
  • Macleay Island outside the depot compound on High Central Road
  • Russell Island Davidson Road Gravel Pit

Please note: enclosed shoes must be worn at all sandbag stations.

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