Brisbane flood situation for City
Police strongly advise all Brisbane residents to avoid travelling to the Brisbane Central Business District today unless absolutely necessary.
The Queensland Police Service also requests people stay away from the Brisbane River, as sight-seers have the potential to hamper emergency service workers who are busy performing urgent tasks.
Police are advising against all non-essential travel as current flood predictions suggest a number of suburbs, including those in the CBD, will be further inundated today.
Hydrologists indicate that significant flooding will be seen in Brisbane over the next few days with the Brisbane River likely to hit 5.2m between 3am and 4am this morning. Water levels are predicted to remain at this height for around 12 hours.
Drivers are asked to avoid travel if possible during this, and if a journey must be taken, drivers are reminded to stay out of flood water and to drive according to conditions.
Energex has advised that power to sections of the CBD will remain cut for the time being.
Meanwhile, trains will be running on public holiday timetables but commuters are advised to check the translink website http://www.translink.com.au/ for more information.
Evacuations in a number of Brisbane suburbs occurred overnight. In response to these evacuations, there will be an increased police presence in and around all evacuated properties to ensure the safety of people and property.
Police ask families who have evacuated overnight to go to the homes of family or friends if possible. Those with no other suitable alternatives are advised to attend an authorised evacuation centre.
People in evacuation centres are advised to register on the National Registration and Inquiry System (NRIS) on 1800 727 077 to let family and friends know where you are.
When you hear a flood warning
- Listen to your local radio station for severe storm advice and warnings;
- Plan to move vehicles, outdoor equipment, garbage, chemicals and poisons to higher locations;
- Plan which indoor items you will raise or empty if water threatens your home (e.g. freezers and refrigerators); and
- Check your emergency kit and safeguard your pets.
What to do if you need to evacuate
- Pack warm clothing, essential medications, valuables, personal papers, mobile phone, photos and mementos in waterproof bags to be taken with your emergency kit;
- Raise furniture, clothing and valuables on to beds, tables and into roof spaces;
- Empty freezers and refrigerators, leaving doors open;
- Turn off power, water and gas;
- Whether you leave or stay, put sandbags in the toilet bowl and over all laundry/bathroom drain holes to prevent sewage back-flow;
- Lock your home and take recommended evacuation routes for your area; and
Police remind motorists not to attempt to cross flooded roads or causeways. Do not risk your life, the lives of those in your vehicle and the lives of rescuers. Nothing is so important that you need to enter floodwaters.
· Bureau of Meteorology website for up to date weather information, including up-coming forecasts www.bom.gov.au ;
· The Traffic and Travel information line on 13 19 40 or http://131940.qld.gov.au
· RACQ road closure site on 1300 130 595 or http://www.racq.com.au/travel/Maps_and_Directions/road_conditions
· For more information about flood and cyclone preparation and emergency kits can be found at www.disaster.qld.gov.au;
· Monitor local councils and local radio stations for local information and updates.
People experiencing personal hardship due to the flooding can call 1800 173 349, or visit the Department of Communities web site for updates on the types and availability of support.
If you would like to donate to the Premier’s Flood Relief appeal please call 1800 219 028
Primary producers are urged to contact the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority for assistance.
For practical health advice during and after floods visit the Queensland Health website.
If you have a question about your insurance policy, or need help identifying your insurer, call the Insurance Council of Australia's 24-hour emergency hotline on 1300 728 228.
07 3015 2444