TONNES OF DEBRIS FROM LAST RAIN EVENT WITH MORE ON WAY
BUNDABERG Regional Council is advising residents to prepare for heavy rain and storms to hit parts of the region today.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said rainfall was expected during the weekend and into next week with some falls likely to be heavy and associated with storms.
“The rainfall, although not expected to be as heavy as a couple of weeks ago, in which more than 300mm fell at Bundaberg, is anticipated to be heaviest along the coastal fringe and could also be heavy at times at places such as Gin Gin and Childers.
“Residents and visitors should remain aware of forecasts and local conditions. Council and the community is well served with the extensive network of river and rain gauges, which provide data on rainfall and river heights in real time on a 24/7 basis.
“All data from council’s network of gauges can be seen online via the Bureau of Meteorology by heading to www.bom.gov.au/qld/ flood/widebay.shtml.”
Cr Dempsey urged everyone, including visitors in town for the Campervan
FORECAST: The region could be in for some stormy weather.
and Motorhome Club of Australia national rally, to take particular care on the roads and plan their journeys with care.
“In particular, it is likely that at times Goodwood Rd – a state road that links the Bruce Hwy with Bundaberg – will be affected by flash flooding,” Cr Dempsey said.
“When there’s heavy rainfall about, the Isis Hwy will be motorists’ safest route to get from Bundaberg to the Bruce Hwy and vice-versa,” Cr Dempsey said. THE Bundaberg Regional Council’s clean-up crews continued their work in the region, removing almost 50 tonnes of waste from Avenell Heights alone.
With more rain predicted to hit the region today and tomorrow, council was still cleaning up suburbs affected by the 300mm downpour earlier this month.
The clean-up in Avenell Heights resulted in about 49t being collected – 47t of construction waste and two tonnes of green waste.
Deputy Mayor Bill Trevor said council staff members were still engaged in clearing debris from drains and roadways with the most heavily trafficked roads receiving priority attention.
“What we did notice, particularly in the Alloway area, was a lot of cane trash that was carried into properties, clogged drains and in some cases caused enough build-up to bring down panels of fencing,” Cr Trevor said.
“Council staff have been busy clearing all manner of debris, and while there are numerous sticks, branches and grass creating obstructions in drains, there is also significant rubbish present that people have obviously discarded from vehicles or simply littered.”
Cr Trevor said it was too early to tally the economic cost of the rain event.
“Council was able to help people in the Avenell Heights area impacted by the mini tornado and the three-and-a-half day free pick-up of rubbish from affected properties resulted in dozens of loads heading to the waste facility at University Drive.”
Jordan Walmsley shared this photo from her Avenell Heights home.