Storm season continues – be prepared


Redland residents are again being urged to prepare for another lashing from Mother Nature, after a severe weather warning was issued by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).

The BOM warning predicts damaging winds up to 100km per hour over the next 24 hours, with the heaviest of the rainfall probably behind us.

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SEQ Water also advised today that it had started releasing water from Leslie Harrison Dam before it reached full capacity to reduce future flooding.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that strong winds and higher than average tides, and resulting inundation, were now our main concern.

“Council crews have sand bags and sand available from the South St depot in Thornlands and on Russell and Macleay Island,” Cr Williams said.

To prepare for storms, residents should:

  • Move their 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.
  • Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
  • Check your property regularly for erosion or inundation by sea water, and if necessary raise goods and electrical items.
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

Residents are encouraged to listen to 612 ABC Radio and monitor Council’s website (www.redland.qld.gov.au), Facebook and Twitter.