Road Closures and Flooding
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued an alert indicating that a possible flood peak of 21m is predicted for the Mary River at Gympie for Monday 28 January.
Residents in potentially-impacted localities are advised to contact neighbours to monitor water levels and relocate to higher ground if necessary. Residents are encouraged to seek accommodation with friends and relatives or contact the Gympie Region Local Disaster Coordination Centre on 5482 6399 if unsure whether their premises will be impacted.
Gympie Region Local Disaster Management Group Chair and Gympie Regional Council Mayor, Cr Ron Dyne, advised that the flood peak is anticipated to occur in Gympie around lunchtime Monday 28 January 2013 and is likely to be 1 metre below that of the 1999 flood.
Evacuation centres have been established at the Gympie Civic Centre and Showgrounds’ Pavilion on Gympie's Southside, in addition to centres at the Imbil, Kilkivan and Rainbow Beach community halls.
Road closures during flood events
Gympie Regional Council posts details of road closures for the local roads throughout the Gympie region on this webpage during significant flood events.
Any information on flash flooding or roads inundated is welcome to assist staff in keeping their information up to date, especially once areas become isolated in large floods and access to outlying areas becomes impossible.
Council wishes to advise that the following roads are known to be flooded, impassable or have flood damage. Please be aware that there may be many additional roads that are flooded or partially flooded and could have possible damage to the running surface due to the current weather conditions. Weather conditions may alter water heights suddenly between updates. Weather conditions may alter water heights suddenly between updates.
Information updated 6.30am on Tuesday 19th February 2013.
|The road closure information below was updated at 6.30am Tuesday 19 February 2013.|
|Road Name||Closure Point||Status||Time/Date|
|Amamoor Creek Road||Crossings||Open with Caution||3.00pm||01/02/13|
|Bauple Woolooga Rd||Munna Creek||Open with Caution||5.00pm||04/02/13|
|Bauple Woolooga Rd||Wide Bay Creek||Open with Caution||11.15am||01/02/13|
|Beenham Valley Road||Begeda Bridge||Open 5tonne load limit on bridge||5.00pm||01/02/13|
|Burnett Highway (North)||Tansey||Proceed with extreme caution||5.00pm||01/02/13|
|Burnett Highway (North)||Boonara Creek (Rockemer Bridge)||Proceed with extreme caution||5.00pm||01/02/13|
|Burnett Highway (North)||Murgon Turnoff||Proceed with extreme caution||5.00pm||01/02/13|
|Cedar Pocket Road||Greens Creek Bridge||Closed||12.20am||19/02/13|
|Fishermans Pocket Road||Near Dobbo's Road||Closed||6.00pm||18/02/13|
|Gympie Woolooga Road||Widgee||Open with Caution||9.00am||29/01/13|
|Gympie Woolooga Road||Station Creek||Open with Caution||5.00pm||31/01/13|
|Kilkivan Tansey Road||Coppermine Creek||Closed||11.30pm||26/01/13|
|Kilkivan Tansey Road||Wide Bay Creek||Closed||11.30pm||26/01/13|
|Moy Pocket Road||Pickering's Bridge||Closed||6.00am||19/02/13|
|Noosa Rd||Near Hill Rd at Culvert||Closed due to damage||31/01/13|
|Noosa Rd||Near Speedway||Closed||11.00pm||18/02/13|
|Old Goomboorian Rd||About 200 metres in from Gympie Connection Road||Closed||7.30pm||18/02/13|
|Randwick Road||East Deep Creek Road||Closed||6.00pm||18/02/13|
|Smith Road, Woolooga||Bridge on Smith Road||Open – 2 tonne load limit on bridge||5.00pm||01/02/13|
|Tagigan Road||Between Stephan Road and Tin Can Bay Road||Closed||6.00am||19/02/13|
|Tin Can Bay Road||Ross Creek||Closed||5.00pm||18/02/13|
|Tin Can Bay Road||Moody Creek||Closed||9.00pm||18/02/13|
|Walker Road||Walkers Bridge||Closed||10.00pm||26/01/13|
|Yabba Creek Rd||Crossings No. 1 and No. 6||Open with caution||1.00pm||31/01/13|
Consult the Bureau of Meteorology website for further information on river flooding and current weather conditions.
General information and assistance
General information or assistance: contact the Local Disaster Coordination Centre hotline on 5482 6399.
Information regarding State Government assistance: 13 QGOV (13 7468)
Residence cleanup information
Contact the SES Emergency Line on 13 2500 for emergency damage assistance.
Residents and ratepayers who have had property or other buildings inundated by floodwaters are advised to contact the Gympie Regional Council on 1300 307 800 to enable cleanup activities and other support services to be coordinated.
Residents and business owners are also reminded that the flood waters may be very dirty and that they should ensure that any contact with the water in minimised. Wash hands and feet and ensure that any household items which have come in contact with the flood waters are properly cleaned and disinfected. Also be aware that mosquitoes and biting insects may be more active due to the large amount of water and to take suitable precautions to ensure that appropriate protection is maintained.
Rubbish bin collection
Residents are advised to put their rubbish bins out on their usual collection days, where possible, and contracted cleaning services will make collections as soon as they can within the coming days.
For updated power outrage information, visit the Unplanned Power Outages page of Energex's website.
Electricity contacts are as follows:
- 13 12 53 (general enquiries)
- 13 62 62 (loss of supply)
- Ergon – 13 22 96.
Business operators or residents who have had their electricity supply disconnected and who are seeking to arrange reconnection are advised to ensure that an electrical contractor or electrician completes the necessary paperwork to enable reconnection of power.
Water – Kandanga and Goomeri
Gympie Regional Council is investigating the restoration of reticulated water supplies in Kandanga and Goomeri following flood damage to infrastructure.
Motorists are advised that even if roads are free of water, there may be structural damage, so motorists are required to take care and follow police and traffic control directions.
Council staff undertake road inspections and road repairs where possible. Motorists and road users are encouraged to be cautious when driving and to please be patient while repairs are underway.
General information and contact details
Residents are advised to be vigilant and monitor water levels in your area.
Road conditions across the region may have deteriorated. Motorists and residents need to be prepared for emergencies and stay vigilant.
Minimise travel wherever possible. Be prepared in your own home and be aware of what is happening around you.
For updated information
- Weather warnings and forecasts – listen to your local ABC radio station or visit the Bureau of Meteorology website (www.bom.gov.au)
- Local road closure information – visit the Road Closures and Flooding page or call the Local Disaster Coordination Centre hotline on 5482 6399.
- Main road closures and statewide travel information – call the Department of Main Roads travel service on 13 19 40 or visit www.131940.qld.gov.au.
In an emergency
- Call 000 in a life-threatening emergency
- Contact the SES Emergency Line on 13 25 00 for assistance with damage.
What to do
- Be vigilant and monitor water levels in your local area.
- Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
- Obey road closed signs.
- Ensure children do not play in or near strongly flowing water, near culverts or open stormwater drains.
- Drive carefully, assuming that flooding (either local or river) may be across the road you are driving on.
- Be Prepared - Disaster Information for Residents and Businesses and review the Emergency Action Plan and Local Disaster Management Plan.
- Gympie CBD Flood Plan is comprehensive flood plan has been developed by the Gympie Chamber of Commerce to provide direction and assistance for Gympie CBD Businesses during flood events.