After an unseasonably dry summer and start to autumn, it’s time get ready for rain and possibly lots of it.
Local Disaster Management Coordinator Andrew Ryan said the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) was predicting heavy rainfall on the Sunshine Coast in the coming days and residents needed to prepare.
“That means doing things around your property to reduce the risk of flooding or storm damage like cleaning up your yard and if you know of elderly or vulnerable residents living in your street, please check in with them to see if they need help preparing their homes.”
“Although the Sunshine Coast was recently drought declared, recent years have proved that anything is possible – two years ago this week the region copped over 300mm in just a few hours.”
Mr Ryan said residents should be wary of the possibility for flash flooding.
“As with any short, intense rain event there is always the chance of flash flooding particularly around creeks, drains and causeways,” he said.
“Residents need to remember, if it’s flooded, forget it. Don’t put yours and others’ lives at risk by attempting to cross flooded roads, turn back and find an alternative route.
“Parents please keep a close watch on your children to ensure they don’t play or swim in floodwaters.
“Pet owners should also ensure their animals are safe and secure in the event of a storm.”
For assistance during floods or storms contact the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132500 or by downloading the SES Assistance App from iTunes or Google Play. For life-threatening emergencies dial Triple Zero (000).
More information about weather warnings can be found on the Bureau of Meteorology Website ( www.bom.com.au ) or by tuning into your local radio.
For more tips on preparing getting ready for severe weather visit www.getready.qld.gov.au