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Update 10.30 am - Latest flood information

Published: 2 April 2017

Update 10.30 am - Latest flood information

The clean up is now well underway across Logan after record flooding.

The National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements have now been activated for victims of the Logan flood.

Information on disaster assistance available for this natural disaster can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at https://www.disasterassist.gov.au/ and the Queensland Government’s Disaster management website at http://www.disaster.qld.gov.au/.

Roads

More roads are opening across Logan as floodwaters recede.

Transport and Main Roads has advised that the Maclean Bridge on the Mount Lindesay Highway is now open.

Jimboomba and Flagstone are now accessible by road.

For the latest information on road closures visit www.disaster.logan.qld.gov.au

If travelling on a road that has been inundated please be wary of potholes, debris and soft shoulders.

Volunteering

People wishing to assist and/or volunteer should call 3412 3412 to register or visit www.emergencyvolunteering.com.au

Donations

Those who want to make donations to the flood cause should visit givit.org.au.

Recovery

Clean-up crews have been progressively entering areas that have been inundated as the water recedes.

If your house has been inundated please complete this form and submit online www.disaster.logan.qld.gov.au/flood-mapping/report-houses-inundated-with-water

This will help Logan City Council support flood effected residents in the coming days.

Council encourages you to share this information with anyone who may be affected.

If you need assistance filling out the form please contact Logan City Council Customer Service on 3412 3412.

Stay safe

If your house has been flooded, wear gloves and covered shoes when cleaning up, and treat any cuts immediately with antiseptic.

Apply a protective dressing to the wound and see a doctor if injuries are serious.

After cleaning silt and debris from floors and other surfaces, disinfect the surfaces with household bleach or disinfectant.

Clean and disinfect refrigerators and food storage cupboards thoroughly.

Be sure to thoroughly clean, using hot water and detergent, any cooking and eating utensils that may have come into contact with flood water.

Do not eat food which has been in contact with flood water.

Never walk through floodwaters, and don’t let children play in or around stormwater drains and creeks.

If you must enter shallow flood water, wear solid boots or shoes for protection.

Wear insect repellent and other necessary personal protection against mosquitoes.

Waste disposal

Flood damaged items, such as carpet and furnishings can be placed on the footpath for collection.

Please disconnect and cut the power cords of flood damaged electrical items and remove the doors from refrigerators prior to placing these on the footpath.

If you wish to dispose of waste, the opening hours of your closest facility are at: www.logan.qld.gov.au/environment-water-and-waste/waste-and-recycling/waste-disposal-facilities

Please note free dumping is only available to people clearing flood debris and for those whose wheelie bins have been collected.

Asbestos disposal

Please be cautious when dealing with items such as lino, fibro and underlay that may contain asbestos.

Council's website details how to dispose of asbestos. If you are unsure what to do contact Council on 3412 3412.

Details about how to deal with asbestos is available at:
www.logan.qld.gov.au/environment-water-and-waste/waste-and-recycling/asbestos-disposal

Electrical equipment and appliances

Use extreme caution when handling electrical equipment while cleaning up after the floods. Damaged wiring and electrical equipment can cause electrocution, shocks and fires.

Household items such as kettles, toasters, appliances and power tools that may have become wet or submerged in the floodwaters should not be used until they are checked by an electrician.

Larger appliances that have been in contact with water, such as air-conditioning units, should also be inspected by a licensed electrical contractor before use.

For advice call the Electrical Safety Office on 1300 650 662 or visit www.electricalsafety.qld.gov.au

To find a licensed electrician, use the free online booking service at www.masterelectricians.com.au or call Master Electricians Australia on 1300 889 198 or at www.neca.asn.au or by calling the National Electrical and Communications Association on (07) 3276 7950.

Reconnecting electricity

Flood-affected buildings need to be inspected by a licensed electrical contractor before electricity can be reconnected.

When flooding has receded, home owners and business must engage a licensed electrical contractor to inspect the wiring to ensure it is safe.

For more information about electrical safety after wet weather, visit www.electricalsafety.qld.gov.au or call the Electrical Safety Office on 1300 650 662.

Advice about reconnections is also available from Energex (phone 13 12 53).

Water supply

Logan’s drinking water is safe to drink.

Two pump stations (George Street and Distillery Road) have been inundated and are off-line.
There are service interruptions at Beenleigh, Bannockburn, Bethania and Belivah.

Logan Hospital

The Logan Hospital remains accessible from the Logan Motorway.

However the east and western approaches to Logan Hospital via Loganlea Road are blocked.

The Go Via Network will waive the tolls at the on/off ramps at the Loganlea Rd toll point only until further notice.

Business assistance

Local business operators seeking advice about assistance that’s available or information about getting their business back up and running following flooding or storm damage should contact the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.

Power outages

There are more than 3800 homes still without power in Logan. For more information and updates on responses to power outages, visit the Energex website at https://www.energex.com.au/home/power-outages/emergency-outages.

Parks, reserves and trail closures

The following parks, reserves and trails are currently closed until further notice:

* Neville Lawrie Reserve, Daisy Hill
* Cornubia Forest Park, Cornubia
* Alexander Clark Park
* 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
* 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

Mountain bike trails in Cornubia Forest Park, Kimberley Forest Park, Underwood Park and Neville Lawrie Reserve remain closed.

The potential for reopening parks is expected to be assessed from Monday 3 April 2017.

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 are cancelled until further notice.

Evacuation centres

For displaced residents unable to relocate to family or friends, evacuation centres are open at:
* Beenleigh PCYC, 20-38 Alamein Street, Beenleigh;  
* Logan Metro Sports Centre, 357 Browns Plains Rd, Crestmead

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
* The Insurance Council of Australia has declared a catastrophe for damage caused by TC Debbie. The Disaster Hotline (phone 1800 734 621) can help policy holders if they are uncertain which insurer they are with, or have general inquiries about the claim’s process.
* 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.

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Media contact

For media inquiries, please call 0466 026 039 or email samuelburgess@logan.qld.gov.au

Media Contact: Samuel Burgess