Calls show where storm hit hardest

Published 1:05pm 5 January 2023

Calls show where storm hit hardest
Words by Nick Crockford

Figures from Moreton Bay Regional Council's call centre show how and where last night's storm hit hardest.

Of the 46 calls made last night, 34 were for fallen trees. Of those 20 came from North Lakes and 10 for trees on roads.

Five were for trees on footpaths and three for trees falling from council land on to private property.

There were also five calls from Deception Bay for trees on roads, two from Beachmere and one of Burpengary, Narangba, Rothwell and Strathpine.

Flooded roads were reported in Deception Bay and Strathpine, a missing manhole cover in Kallangur and a pothole also in Deception Bay.

The clean-up from last night’s storm has continued across the region, with a chance of more wild weather today.

Calls show where storm hit hardest
Figures showing rainfall across the region yesterday.

At the time of writing, the Bureau of Meterology’s forecast is a “60 per cent chance of showers most likely in the late afternoon and evening”.

The bureau also says there is a "chance of a thunderstorm, possibly severe”.

During the peak of yesterday’s storm – around 10pm – there were 14,000 households in this region without power.

Energex teams had brought that down to 125 at lunchtime today – the highest being 89 in Kallangur.

Deception Bay, Rothwell, North Lakes, Kallangur, Petrie, Burpengary and neighbouring suburbs were worst hit by the storm.

Heaviest rain was in Deception Bay and Rothwell with more than 100mm in a hour. 

Calls show where storm hit hardest

Moreton Bay Regional Council crews reported no road closures or widespread damage, despite the ferocity of the storm.

Teams did work through the night and morning clearing debris and obstructions to ensure public safety.

Council says most residents were well prepared for the storm, having cleared such as gutters and yards of “potential projectiles”

The heavy rain took Sidling Creek, at Kurwongbah, to 102 per cent of its capacity and water is now spilling from the dam.

The larger North Pine Dam is now at 65 per cent of its capacity, while SEQ Water’s grid storage capacity is now at 81.7 per cent.

For latest weather forecasts click here

For details of Energex power outages click here

Council information on preparing for storms is here

And Get Ready Week tips here

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