RAINFALL TO CONTINUE TODAY

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a warning this morning for heavy rain for locations between Rockhampton and the Sunshine Coast including Bundaberg, for the next 24 hours.  Widespread 24-hour rainfall totals of 100mm to 200mm are likely across these areas.  Rainfall totals greater than 100mm at some locations are also likely.  A strong wind warning has also been issued for coastal waters.  The rain is expected to continue through today in the Bundaberg Region, with further falls likely on Wednesday.

The Bureau of Meteorology advises that at this time minor flood levels are not expected at Bundaberg city, however as significant rainfall has been recorded at some locations within the Burnett River catchment, this will be closely monitored.  Bundaberg Regional Council recommends that people in low-lying areas that are known to be impacted by minor flood levels take precautions in case minor flooding occurs.

The Kolan River and Baffle Creek will likely experience minor to moderate flood levels.  Residents of these areas should maintain a high level of vigilance. 

The rain will likely continue in the Bundaberg Region over the next few days, most likely falling as periods of heavy downpours.  This could cause local streams and creeks near the coast to experience flash flooding.

Residents across the region are advised to be vigilant but to remain 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 encourages residents to monitor these information sources.

Bundaberg Regional Council with the Local Disaster Management Group and BOM are closely monitoring this event.  The Local Disaster Management Group is at ‘Lean Forward’ status.

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.

26.02.13

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