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Posted on: 27 March, 2014

Livingstone’s Local Disaster Response Continues

Yesterday afternoon and evening torrential rain caused flash-flooding across the Capricorn Coast, and rural hinterland creating extremely dangerous road conditions, landslips, widespread road closures, and severe inundation of homes and businesses.

The Livingstone Local Disaster Management Group activated in response to assist the co-ordination of already deployed Council crews, SES and Police in combining their efforts to direct motorists away from danger areas, and to provide assistance to residents and business owners where possible.

Mayor Bill Ludwig, who chairs the Local Disaster Group, praised all those who assisted with the response for their efforts in what were very challenging and in some cases potentially dangerous situations.

“The peak time of the major flooding was between 4.30pm and 7.00pm. The situation was exacerbated by an incoming high tide which prevented storm water for getting away,” Cr Ludwig said.

“While forecasts indicate that the major rain threat has moved south the Local Disaster Group will remain activated on alert to continue monitoring the situation over the next 24 hours.”

“The focus for Council and SES crews over coming days will be on cleaning up, clearing debris from drains and roadways, assessment of damage, and providing assistance where requested to community members who have been impacted by flooding and stormwater damage.”

“Council is encouraging those who require assistance to contact customer service staff on
4913 5000 or 1300 790 919 to register for the Queensland Fire and Rescue Services (QFRS) free damage assessment service.”

“The QFRS service provides a free assessment of your damage and any safety issues with electricity supply of both private residences and business premises.”

“A rapid response team has been established who will also work with Council to assist with any clean up required.”

“Council is also providing affected residents and business with free access to Yeppoon landfill and, where necessary, will provide roadside collections to dispose of flood affected materials or property,” Cr Ludwig said.

For additional details please contact customer service on 4913 5000 or 1300 790 919 or visit Council’s website www.livingstone.qld.gov.au

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