BOM ADVICE REGARDING BURNETT RIVER AT BUNDABERG

This morning, after consulting with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) through the night, the Local Disaster Management Group and District Disaster Management Group executive teams met to discuss conditions on the Burnett River at Bundaberg and the current weather situation.  The Bureau this morning cancelled the severe weather warning that had been in place for several days.  The Local Disaster Management Group remains at the ‘Lean Forward’ activation level whilst recent rainfall makes its way through the Burnett catchment.

The Bureau of Meteorology advises that minor flood levels are not expected at Bundaberg.  This morning’s high tide will see the Burnett River at Bundaberg rise to approximately 3m, which is below the minor flood level.  The height of the river at high tide this morning is expected to provide a good indication of how high the river will get today and over the next couple of days.  There may be small variations at times, but based on the Bureau’s advice, the river will not reach minor flood levels.

Whilst minor flood levels are not anticipated, owners and tenants of properties located in low-lying areas that have a history of being effected by localised flooding are encouraged to take precautions as appropriate, as part of their normal preparedness activities.

The Kolan River and Baffle Creek are currently experiencing areas of minor and moderate flooding.  Conditions generally on the Kolan River are expected to ease today.  River level rises on Baffle Creek are expected to occur downstream today.  Residents of these areas should maintain a high level of vigilance.

Residents across the region are advised to remain watchful but calm, listening out for weather updates on local radio.  Bundaberg Regional Council will also provide regular updates via the website and Facebook page.   The Bureau of Meteorology webpage (www.bom.qld.gov.au/qld) provides latest rainfall totals, river conditions and warnings – Bundaberg Regional Council recommends residents monitor these reliable information sources.

People are advised that they should:

  • Drive      to weather conditions
  • Avoid      driving, walking or riding through flood waters and
  • Keep      clear of creeks and storm drains
  • For      emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

27.02.13

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