Council urges residents to act now ahead of forecast wet
THE Rockhampton Region has received 133mm since 9am yesterday morning and it's clear to residents all around the Region the impact that this has had.
Deputy Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group chair councillor Tony Williams is calling on residents to act now!
"We have been urging residents all year to be prepared for the bushfire, storm and cyclone season" said Cr Williams.
"Now that we have received our first lot of big rain, there is no more time to be complacent.
"localised flooding has occurred in different parts of the Region, and reports are coming in of storm water drains being blocked right across the city.
"I am urging all residents to take care while driving on the roads.
"Drive to the conditions and be considerate of others on the road who are taking extra care."
With the potential of more rain to come, residents are encouraged to ACT NOW! As preparation is the key.
Cr Williams urged residents to take any opportunities during breaks in the rain to get out and prepare their properties by clearing gutters and gardens.
"Our message on being prepared all year was about ensuring that residents prepared their property by trimming tees, and clearing leaves and debris from gutters and backyards.
"These steps are important to minimise the impact that a disaster can have on your property, but it is also vital to help keep our storm drains clear of debris so if we do experience high rain fall in a short period of time, the chance of blocked drains and localised flooding as a result of this is kept to a minimum".
"Take a moment and look at your property and the street around you, if you see garden waste backed up in your street gutters or near your stormwater drain if you can safely do so, clean it up. It could save your property by being inundated with localised flooding.
Be Prepared and Be Aware; Disasters do happen.
- Prepare your household, and your household plan
- organise your evacuation, emergency and first aid kits,
- prepare your home and property,
- be informed and know where to find out information, and
- have your evacuation plan worked out.
Rockhampton Regional Council through the Natural Disaster Resilience Program funding has developed the "Be Prepared - Disasters Happen" DVD and Emergency Action Guide booklet.
This resource provides residents with all you need to know about being prepared for the upcoming season and potential disasters.
Copies can be picked up from Rockhampton Regional Council's Customer Service Centres at Gracemere, Mount Morgan, Rockhampton and Yeppoon or can be viewed on the Council website at www.rockhamptonregion.qld.gov.au under Disaster Management.