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Update 6am 2 April - As the water recedes

Published: 2 April 2017

Update 6am 2 April -  As the water recedes

Flood waters will recede in most areas of Logan today. 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

Approximately 30 houses in the Albert River catchment and 200 houses in the Logan River catchment are estimated to be affected by flooding, but these numbers may change as better access to inundated areas becomes possible.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services personnel have been issued with Logan City Council maps identifying "houses likely to be affected" and surrounding structures to carry out Rapid Damage Assessments. They are expected to start at North and South Maclean and work towards Waterford.

Road access notifications

As the waters receded overnight roads may become passable before they can be inspected and the roads dashboard updated. www.disaster.logan.qld.gov.au If travelling on a road that has been inundated please be wary of potholes, debris and soft shoulders.

Stay out of floodwaters!

Flooding and power outages sometimes lead to the unavoidable discharge of 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 the ground dries out.

Has your house been flooded?

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.

Recovery

Council is now preparing for the clean-up phase and clean up crews have been progressively entering areas that have been inundated as the water recedes.

Cleaning up after a flood

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.

Avoid unnecessary contact with mud and dirt, especially when you are cleaning up.

Wear protective gear when cleaning up

While cleaning up homes, businesses or public spaces, wear protective footwear and gloves to avoid being cut or scraped, especially if the area has been affected by floodwaters. Treat any cuts with antiseptic and cover with a protective dressing immediately.

Never walk through floodwaters, and don’t let children play in or around stormwater drains and creeks. Try to avoid contact with mud and dirt, and wash your hands with soap and water before eating and after touching pets that might have come into contact with water or soil.

There is an increased risk of wound infections, dermatitis, conjunctivitis, and ear, nose and throat infections if people come into direct contact with polluted waters. People with diabetes should take extra care to protect themselves against wound infections.

Avoid wading even in shallow water, as it may be contaminated. If you must enter shallow flood water, wear solid boots or shoes for protection.

Always wash your hands with soap and water before handling food, and after handling pets that may have swum in contaminated water.

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

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

Be aware of food safety

If the power has been off refrigerated food can be kept in a closed fridge for about four hours, and already frozen food in the freezer for 24 hours. Remember that the temperature of the fridge will rise more quickly if it is a very hot day.

When it comes to food safety, always remember: if in doubt, throw it out.

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).

Volunteering

People wishing to assist and/or volunteer can register at: www.emergencyvolunteering.com.au

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.

Evacuation centres

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

Registered assistance animals are permitted but pets cannot be housed at the centres.
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 Rd, Kingston.

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 3000 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 cancelled until further notice.

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 1800 173 349. 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 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.

You should


* Visit Council’s Disaster Dashboard at www.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 powerlines.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.

Please refresh the web link to ensure you receive the most current update.

Media contact

For media inquiries, please call 3412 5966 or email samburgess@logan.qld.gov.au
Media Contact: Sam Burgess