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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 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.

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