Mon­i­tor weather warn­ings this week

Isis Town and Country - - News -

WITH the fore­cast for more rain for the Bund­aberg re­gion over com­ing days, res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to mon­i­tor of­fi­cial weather warn­ings and ex­er­cise cau­tion when driv­ing in wet weather.

Mayor Cr Mal For­man said an ini­tial mi­nor flood warn­ing had been is­sued for the up­per Bur­nett River to Mun­dub­bera, how­ever it was un­likely this iso­lated flood­ing would af­fect res­i­dents along the lower Bur­nett River.

“Rain­fall in some in­land sec­tions of the Bur­nett River may also re­ceive pe­ri­ods of heavy rain over com­ing days, which may re­sult in some iso­lated ar­eas of the Up­per Bur­nett reach­ing mi­nor flood lev­els,” Cr For­man said.

“This may cause some in­con­ve­nience fur­ther in­land, how­ever at this time there is no warn­ing for the lower Bur­nett River, in­clud­ing Bund­aberg.

“Res­i­dents should con­tinue to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion over the com­ing days and keep abreast of the lat­est warn­ings is­sued by the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy.”

Cr For­man said some lo­cal road clo­sures had been listed on the coun­cil’s web­site un­der “Traf­fic Dis­rup­tions and Road Clo­sures” and sig­nage would be erected where pos­si­ble. How­ever, he urged res­i­dents to ex­er­cise cau­tion when driv­ing on any roads in wet weather.

“It is likely that we will con­tinue to see some flash flood­ing in known low ly­ing ar­eas dur­ing pe­ri­ods of in­tense rain­fall and thun­der­storms.

“Flash flood­ing of­ten oc­curs af­ter in­tense bursts of rain­fall, of­ten from thun­der­storms, in a lo­cal area over a short pe­riod of time.

“Creeks, drains, roads and other wa­ter­courses can be­come in­un­dated very quickly, some­times in a mat­ter of min­utes. Flash floods are com­mon in Aus­tralia and due to the speed with which they oc­cur, can be ex­tremely dan­ger­ous.

“While ev­ery ef­fort is made to ad­vise res­i­dents of road clo­sures, the speed at which flash flood­ing oc­curs, and of­ten just as quickly sub­sides, makes it ex­tremely dif­fi­cult for coun­cil to get to ev­ery site in time to erect warn­ing sig­nage,” he said.

“Coun­cil and emer­gency re­sponse groups are once again re­in­forc­ing the dan­gers of driv­ing through flood wa­ters and re­mind­ing peo­ple: If it’s flooded, for­get it.”

Keep up-to-date with the lat­est weather warn­ings through the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy web­site at www.bom.gov.au/qld. Mo­torists are ad­vised to re­fer to the 131 940 web­site at 131940.qld.gov.au for the cur­rent sta­tus of the State Con­trolled roads in the area.

PHOTO: PAUL DON­ALD­SON

FLOODED CROSS­INGS: Many roads were cut in the re­gion with the re­cent heavy rains.

PHOTO: ASH­LEY CLARK

TOUCH­DOWN: A light­ning strike cap­tured near Sharon.

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