Updated 2:51pm Prepare now for severe weather conditions

Updated 2:51pm Heavy rain and damaging winds are expected across the Redlands on Thursday and Friday as ex-tropical cyclone Debbie makes its way south.

Self service sandbagging stations will be established at the following locations on Wednesday 29 March. Enclosed shoes must be worn.

  • Cleveland Showgrounds (Norm Price Park), Long Street Cleveland on Wednesday 3:30pm until 6pm and Thursday 7am to 10am. Council staff will be onsite to assist.
  • North Stradbroke Island – outside the depot compound from 3pm Wednesday 29 March
  • Macleay Is – outside the depot compound from 3pm Wednesday 29 March
  • Russell Island –  Davidson Rd Gravel Pit from 3pm Wednesday 29 March

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams urged residents to prepare for wet and windy conditions over the next 48 hours, especially those in coastal areas and on the islands.

“With up to 200mm of rain forecast from late Thursday morning until Friday evening, Council’s Local Disaster Coordination Centre (LDCC) and SES volunteers are preparing for the possibility of overland flows and localised flooding,” she said.

“Preparation is key in these situations so take time today to ensure your homes are ready for whatever comes our way. Clean up your yard, check gutters are unblocked and secure outside furniture, especially if you live in a unit.

“Island residents are particularly vulnerable to the elements so please revisit your personal emergency plan and be prepared for the possibility of wild weather and power outages.”

Cr Williams said the LDCC were on alert and would provide further information as it became available.

“We know from the aftermath of ex-tropical cyclones Oswald and Marcia there is potential for flash flooding on Redlands roads so please drive carefully and heed all warnings,” she said.

“Remember … “if it is flooded, forget it!” 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.

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Seqwater advise Lesley Harrison Dam is currently sitting at 68 per cent but will fill rapidly during heavy rain. Visit seqwater.com.au to subscribe to their dam release notifications.