Region battered by wild weather

Published 8:02am 22 March 2021

Region battered by wild weather
Words by Kylie Knight

Parts of the Moreton Bay Region have been lashed by wild weather overnight with more than 200mm in some areas and more than 30 roads cut. The rain has eased but the threat of more storms remains.

Moreton Bay SES Acting Controller Trevor Smith says crews are bracing for a busy day after receiving 70 callouts in the past 24 hours across the region.

The majority of these were for sandbagging and flood mitigation.

Mr Smith says Deception Bay was worst hit overnight, with 17 of the 30 tasks still to be completed in that area.

Most of these have been for leaking roofs and sandbagging.

Moreton Bay SES crews are also coming to the aid of their New South Wales counterparts, sending a team of 12 'working-at-heights-trained' personnel to the flood zone. This includes four from Arana Hills, two from Bribie Island, two from Caboolture, two from Woodford and two from Deception Bay. They have taken three SES vehicles with them and will be gone for five days. 

Yesterday, one flood boat operator was deployed with a Brisbane team.

Road closures

As at 3.30pm, there were 36 roads closed across the Moreton Bay Region. Affected areas include Bellmere, Caboolture, Cedar Creek, Dayboro, Deception Bay, Elimbah, Griffin, King Scrub, Kobble Creek, Kurwongbah, Lawnton, Moodlu, Morayfield, Narangba, Petrie, Rocksberg, Strathpine, Upper Caboolture and Wamuran.

Head here for the list of closures, which is updated regularly.

Call to be alert and safe

Mayor Peter Flannery is reminding residents to stay safe.

“The rains may have eased but the storms are still about,” Mayor Flannery says.

“That means we could still see localised flooding like last night, which means everyone needs to drive to the conditions. We’ve got crews out cleaning up this morning and taking stock of damage.

“Our website suffered technical difficulties last night updating where road closures were around the region, but that’s now been rectified.

“The safest thing you can do is just stay off the roads in freak storms and remember the golden rule: If it’s flooded, forget it.”

If you need help, call the SES on 132 500, or Triple 0 in an emergency.

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