Friday, June 21, 2024

Toowoomba disaster management group lean into flood prep

Toowoomba Regional Council’s Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) remains on alert following rainfall and the potential for further storm activity.
LDMG Chair, Geoff McDonald said the group would remain at alert but that the Toowoomba District Disaster Management Group had moved to ‘Lean Forward’ in support of the current flooding situation in the Lockyer Valley.
“The Toowoomba Region LDMG remains at alert after the region only received moderate rainfall overnight with Oakey recording 34.2mm, Toowoomba 40.8mm and Millmerran 24.8mm,” said Mr McDonald.
“The District Disaster Management Group has moved to ‘lean forward’ and our thoughts are with those residents outside of the Toowoomba region currently experiencing flooding with our neighbours in both the Lockyer Valley and Western Downs having been impacted overnight and this morning.
“The Condamine River has a current Minor Flood Warning. Rainfall totals of up to 140mm were recorded across the catchment and rises in the levels of the river and creeks along its tributaries. Minor flooding is possible to Warwick and likely at Dalby from Tuesday afternoon.”
For the Toowoomba Region, there have been some rises in catchments, however all remain below the minor flood levels, Chair McDonald said.
“Residents need to be aware of the weather forecasts and make any preparations in accordance with the latest advice when it is issued,” he said.
“Motorists are reminded to heed the simple message, ‘If it’s flooded, forget it’. Please observe any warning signs and drive to the conditions.”
Chair McDonald said the LDMG had made sand available at various locations across the region.

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