5.05pm: Livingstone Shire Council wishes to advise residents that the Scenic Highway at Statue Bay has been closed to traffic in response to wet weather which is expected to continue over coming days.
Mayor of Livingstone Shire, Councillor Bill Ludwig said this closure has been made in the interests of public safety and may continue into the weekend.
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"Significant rainfall has been predicted this week and into the weekend. With the continuing rainfall we ask all residents and visitors to exercise caution and courtesy on the roads.
"Detours for the closure have been signed via Clayton and Mulambin Roads and the speed limits in these local streets have been reduced to 40 km per hour for the duration of this detour.
"It is important that these detours and the reduced speed limits are observed as they impact local residential neighbourhoods.
"All road users should follow the 'if its flooded, forget it' guidelines and take extra time travelling around the Shire to ensure their safety and the safety of others," Mayor Ludwig said.
Council inspects its roads regularly and during wet weather, whenever possible, it will provide detail of local road closures from the front page of its website on www.livingstone.qld.gov.au
Alternatively traffic information can be obtained from the Department of Transport and Main Roads hotline on 13 19 40 or via their website at www.131940.qld.gov.au
Sand piles are available to the public at the lower car park of the Cordingley Street Depot and the block of the Emu Park SES building on the corner of Pattison and Hunter Streets and from Musa Drive in Keppel Sands. Residents and businesses wishing to prepare their properties are to provide their own sandbags and shovels.
5pm: ERGON Energy crews are working in the rain to restore power to many homes in the region.
Ergon Energy Central Region Corporate Communications Manager Bob Pleash said there were 225 customers without power in Parkhurst, 1200 in Allenstown and 1200 in Gladstone.
He said crews were working and it was expected power would be returned shortly.
Mr Pleash said Gladstone customers had their power restored about 4pm.
There were reports earlier about children swimming in drains in the Frenchville area, but it is believed police were unable to locate them.
Keep up to date with the latest power outages here: https://www.ergon.com.au/network/outages-and-disruptions/power-interruptions/outage-finder
4.15pm: LIVINGSTONE Shire Council has issued a map and information about the Scenic Highway road closure.
This is not the first time the road has been impacted by severe weather. In March last year, there was a landslide which closed the highway for a couple of weeks.
3pm: REPORTS of water of the road and roads being closed due to the wet weather are starting to roll in.
John Newell reported on The Morning Bulletin's Facebook page that Palm Creek Park at Cawarra was flooded, after 118mm over the past six days 'so the ground is already saturated'.
55mm at Olive Estate near Rockhampton this afternoon pic.twitter.com/kwiy5GscAO— paul robinson (@paulrobinsonabc) January 21, 2015
It is believed Scenic Highway between Statue Bay and Lammermoor Beach is closed.
Reports indicate there is water over the road at the bottom of Thozet Rd in North Rockhampton and Duthie Avenue at the corner of Suthers Ave Frenchville.
Traffic lights at Yaamba Rd/Rockhampton-Yeppoon Rd and Yaamba/Farm St are not working.
SES controller for Rockhampton and Yeppoon Eddie Cowie is advising motorists to drive with caution in Dean and Berserker Sts.
SES crews have attended those areas (at the Lakes Creek Rd end of Dean and Berserker Sts) after they received reports of flash flooding.
With a severe weather warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for the Rockhampton Region, now is the time to prepare.
Rockhampton Regional Council's Local Disaster Management Group Chair Deputy Mayor Cr Tony Williams said he strongly encouraged residents to prepare their homes, families and neighbourhoods.
"BoM have suggested we may be in for a very wet few days with a high probability of heavy rain in the Rockhampton Region.
"It is important you prepare your home now by following the below four steps as well as checking on your neighbours and preparing your pets.
Step 1. Prepare an Emergency Plan and Prepare for Evacuation
Check the flood maps or other information that may be posted on our website to view expected areas that may receive flood water inundation or be impacted by the event.
Step 2. Prepare an Emergency Kit (include a battery-operated radio)
Step 3. Prepare your home
Remove debris from areas that may have water inundation, clear grass, bushes, etc that may provide fuel for bushfires, secure items that may be able to be blown around in strong winds or similar action.
Step 4. Tune into Warnings
Listen to local radio (837AM ABC) and/or television, or check the BoM website for further flood and weather updates.
Cr Williams said that Council was taking a proactive approach and providing sand piles throughout the Region to assist residents with their preparations.
"Residents who believe they require sandbags to minimise flash flooding impacts on their property should take their own shovel and sand bag to a sand pile location," he said.
Sand pile locations
Sand only. BYO shovel and sandbags (plastic shopping bags, soil bags or any suitable sized hessian or synthetic bag).
Exhibition Road, near the Robert Schwarten Pavilion at the Rockhampton Showgrounds
Farm Street, next to the railway line, opposite Lacey's Trailers
Dean Street, near McLeod Park (on high section)
Jud Park, Norman Road
Car park off Ian Besch Drive, off Fisher Street
Information on how to fill sandbags can be found at www.emergency.qld.gov.au/ses/ and further information on preparing for a disaster can be found at www.rockhamptonregion.qld.gov.au/Our_Region/Disaster_Management
For storm damage requests please contact SES on 132 500.