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Logan River is rising- check your height now

Published: 31 March 2017

Logan River is rising- check your height now

Residents in low lying areas close to the Albert and Logan rivers and their tributaries should continue to closely monitor their situation over the following 24 hours. People on the Logan River should seek higher ground in advance of rising waters, to ensure their safety.

Flooding has peaked in the Albert River.

Water levels continue to peak along the Logan River, with areas downstream of the Scenic Rim area yet to see their highest levels.

Affected suburbs include South Maclean, Munruben, Logan Village, Flagstone, Stockleigh, Buccan, Chambers Flat, Logan Reserve, Loganlea, Waterford West and Waterford. The latest stream level information is available on the Bureau of Meteorology website at www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings/flood/logan-albert-river-basin.shtml

The expected flood level for the Logan River is expected to exceed 2013 levels.

BOM modelling indicates expected peak levels are:

  • Maclean Bridge 19.5 metres at 8pm Friday 31 March
  • Waterford 10.5 metres at noon Saturday 1 April
  • Reidel Rd 2.1 metres at midnight Saturday 1 April (Logan River Peak)

For residents unable to relocate to family or friends, refer below for evacuation centres and place of refuge.

Residents are encouraged to stay informed and up to date by visiting disaster.logan.qld.gov.au

Logan Hospital Access

Non-essential trips are not advised. If you do need to access the hospital in an emergency be aware that Loganlea Rd is expected to be cut in low lying areas in several locations.

It is expected that access to the hospital from the Logan Motorway will remain unaffected throughout the event.

People needing to access the hospital are advised to get onto the Logan Motorway from either direction at the closest possible point available to them, and take the Meadowbrook exit to avoid any delays.

Evacuation Centers open

If you are in a flood prone area please consider moving to higher ground.

For those residents unable to relocate to family or friends, evacuation centres are open at:

  • Beenleigh & Districts Senior Citizens and Beenleigh PCYC, 20-38 Alamein Street, Beenleigh; and
  • Logan Metro Sports Centre, Browns Plains Road, Crestmead

Jimboomba place of refuge is now closed.

Please note that you will not be able to keep pets with you. Registered assistance animals are permitted.

The Evacuation Centre will contact an Animal Care Officer who will collect and temporarily house your pet at Council’s Animal Care Centre at 213 Queens Road, Kingston.

Council’s Animal Care Centre at 213 Queens Road will be open also for standard business hours of 9am to 2.00pm Saturday, 1 April.

Emergency services

For emergencies, please call the SES on 132 500 or call Triple Zero (000) if the matter is life threatening.

SES crews have so far received 363 requests for assistance and are continuing to clear the backlog of calls.

Transport

People are asked to exercise caution as many roads are being cut and underwater. There are areas across the city that are isolated or have the potential to become isolated due to flooding. River heights are likely to remain high for the next 24-36 hours.

Beware of debris such as fallen branches.

Monitor Council's Disaster Dashboard for live updates: disaster.logan.qld.gov.au

Road closures

For more information on which ones are closed visit www.disaster.logan.qld.gov.au/road-hazards

Power outages

Power outages are in various locations across the city, about 7,600 homes are affected.

For more information and updates on responses to power outages, visit the Energex website.

Water supply

The supply at Bannockburn will be restored when maintenance crews can access the area.

Looking after each other

Please contact your friends and family to let them know that you are safe – and check on your neighbours – particularly if they are elderly or have a disability.

Flooding brings hidden dangers

Flooding and power outages sometimes lead to the unavoidable discharge raw sewage and other contaminants into floodwaters.

This is one of the reasons that walking or playing in water is discouraged, particularly if you have open wounds or cuts.

It is advisable to wear shoes in areas which have been covered in water until they dry out.

Sandbag collection points

Sandbag collection points are:

  • The SES depots at Daisy Hill (26-36 Winnetts Rd)
  • Eagleby Community Centre (8-16 Cowper Avenue, Eagleby)
  • Logan Village (1464 Waterford-Tamborine Rd)
  • Logan City Council's Marsden Depot (181 Chambers Flat Rd, Marsden)
  • Munruben Depot, 113-127 Crowson Lane, Munruben

With the exception of Marsden, people will be expected to fill the sandbags themselves.

Sandbags will be limited to 10 per vehicle due to the need to meet demand across the city.

The Cowper Ave facility remains in high demand.

Please note, sandbags can also be purchased from hardware stores and other similar retailers.

Emergency contacts you need to know

  • For storm and flood assistance contact the SES on 132 500 and in a life threatening emergency call Triple Zero (000). You can also download the SES Assistance App by visiting http://www.emergency.qld.gov.au/ses/
  • The Queensland Police Service is constantly updating information on their Facebook pagewww.facebook.com/QueenslandPolice Twitter (@QPSMedia) account and our myPolice blogs www.mypolice.qld.gov.au
  • The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services is also regularly updating their information on Facebook www.facebook.com/QldFireandRescueService/ Twitter (@QldFES)
  • The Department of Transport and Main Roads has an extensive list of road closures at the QLD Traffic website at www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au – it includes an interactive map, a list of road closures and live traffic cameras. You can also call 13 19 40.
  • Please keep in mind the only way to stay safe is to stay out of floodwater. The best way to avoid floodwater is to make sure you are prepared. If it’s flooded, forget it. For more information visit http://floodwatersafety.initiatives.qld.gov.au/
  • For more information about preparing for this severe weather event, please visit https://getready.qld.gov.au/
  • For those who are concerned about friends and family in affected areas, the Red Cross has opened ‘Register Find Reunite’. This service helps to find and reunite family, friends and loved ones during a disaster. You can register or look for someone on the Red Cross Website at www.redcross.org.au
  • Listen to ABC Local Radio, the emergency broadcaster in Queensland.
  • Disaster affected people can contact the Community Recovery Hotline for information and support on 1800173 349. People are requested to be patient when calling the Community Recovery Hotline.
  • The Insurance Council of Australia has declared a catastrophe for damage caused by TC Debbie. The Disaster Hotline (phone 1800 734 621) can help policyholders if they are uncertain which insurer they are with, or have general inquiries about the claims process.
  • Take extreme care when handling damaged asbestos containing materials - as it could pose serious health risks. If you are concerned, or would like more information, contact your local authority on 13QGOV (137468) or go to www.deir.qld.gov.au/asbestos/
  • For further information visit www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies/cleaning-up
  • Please remember, Emergency Departments are only for seriously injured or ill people who need immediate treatment and you should visit your local GP or call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for any minor injuries.
  • You should
  • Visit council’s Disaster Dashboard disaster.logan.qld.gov.au/ for all the information you need to be prepared before, during and after severe weather including how to plan an emergency kit, weather warnings, road closures, airport information and news updates.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
  • Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.

Parks, reserves and trail closures

  • Neville Lawrie Reserve, Daisy Hill
  • Cornubia Forest Park, Cornubia
  • Kimberley Forest Park, Shailer Park
  • Springwood Conservation Park, Springwood
  • Spring Mountain Reserve and associated trail networks through Parrot Reserve, Lyndale Reserve and Thornbill Reserve, Greenbank
  • Spring Mountain Forest Park, Greenbank
  • Birnam Range Reserve, Jimboomba
  • Underwood Park, Underwood
  • Gould Adams Park
  • Doug Larsen Park
  • Timothy Park
  • Berrinba Wetlands
  • Loganlea Picnic Grounds
  • Mt Warren Oval
  • Noyer Park
  • Albert River Parklands
  • Alberta Park
  • Riverdale Park
  • JJ Smith Park
  • Meakin Park

Waste collection

Due to flooded roads, some bins remain uncollected. Residents should leave bins out for collection until service is provided.

Council customer service

Jimboomba customer service centre is closed today.

It would be of great assistance if customers considering contacting Council do so only for urgent or emergency enquiries. Please be aware that Council’s contact centre and customer service centres will be operating on limited capacity today.

Libraries and Logan Art Gallery

Due to the severe weather Jimboomba Library, Mayes Cottage and Logan Art Gallery will be closed today. All other libraries will be open as usual. (Logan Village and Greenbank Libraries do not open Fridays)

Sports and Aquatic Centres

Aquatic Centres, Indoor Sports Centres, Logan Entertainment Centre, Beenleigh Events Centre and other Community Venues have been closed and all sporting fixtures within sports centres cancelled.

Event cancellations

Connecting Our Communities events in Yarrabilba, scheduled for 1 April at St Clares Primary School Yarrabilba, has been cancelled

Eats and Beats at IKEA Logan and Logan Super Centre tonight has been cancelled.

We apologise for any inconvenience however, the safety of guests, artists, vendors and staff on their way to and from the event is our priority.

The Eridani Fun Day planned for Saturday 1 April at Eridani Park Kingston has also been cancelled.

Contacts:

For Media Inquiries, please call 3412 5966 or email JulieBrumfield-Jones@logan.qld.gov.au

Media officer: Julie Brumfield Jones