Media Release – STAY ALERT WITH MORE RAIN ON THE WAY

With the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting more rain for the Bundaberg region over coming days, residents are encouraged to monitor official weather warnings and exercise caution when driving in wet weather.

Mayor Cr Mal Forman said an initial minor flood warning had been issued for the upper Burnett River to Mundubbera however it was unlikely that this isolated flooding would affect residents along the lower Burnett River.

“Rainfall in some inland sections of the Burnett River may also receive periods of heavy rain over coming days which may result in some isolated areas of the Upper Burnett reaching minor flood levels,” Cr Forman said.

“This may cause some inconvenience further inland however at this time there is no warning for the lower Burnett River, including Bundaberg.

“Residents should continue to monitor the situation over the coming days and keep abreast of the latest warnings issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.”

Cr Forman said some local road closures had been listed on Council’s website under ‘Traffic Disruptions and Road Closures’ and signage would be erected where possible however he urged residents to exercise caution when driving on any roads in wet weather.

“It is likely that we will continue to see some flash flooding in known low lying areas during periods of intense rainfall and thunderstorms. Flash flooding often occurs after intense bursts of rainfall, often from thunderstorms, in a local area over a short period of time.

“Creeks, drains, roads and other watercourses can become inundated very quickly, sometimes in a matter of minutes. Flash floods are common in Australia and due to the speed with which they occur, can be extremely dangerous.

“While every effort is made to advise residents of road closures, the speed at which flash flooding occurs, and often just as quickly subsides, makes it extremely difficult for Council to get to every site in time to erect warning signage.

“Council and emergency response groups are once again reinforcing the dangers of driving through flood waters and reminding people: If it’s flooded, forget it.”

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather warnings through the Bureau of Meteorology website at www.bom.gov.au/qld. Motorists are advised to refer to the 131940 website at 131940.qld.gov.au for the current status of the State Controlled roads in the area.

ENDS

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
Media Officer, Megan Dean Ph: 0409 392 236
Senior Media Officer, Wayne Heidrich Ph: 0438 638 407
Media and Marketing Manager, Megan Magill Ph: 0439 402 715
Email: communications@bundaberg.qld.gov.au

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