Flood and severe weather warnings current for Sunshine Coast
The below information is accurate as of Friday 20th February, 5pm
Queenslanders buckle down as Tropical Cyclone Marcia makes its way along the coast. Sunshine Coast Council is urging residents to be prepared for an emergency situation for up to three days. The Local Disaster Management Group is monitoring the weather as heavy rainfall continues to fall across the region. Rain is expected to increase today and throughout tomorrow with 200mm likely in the area. With several flood warnings active, roads are being closed around the region and residents are being asked to stay safe and indoors.
The Australian Government’s Bureau of Meteorology has issued minor to moderate flood warnings for the rivers around and throughout the Sunshine Coast. Fitzroy, Mary, Maroochy and Mooloolah Rivers and Coochin Creek all have active flood warnings. To find out more about these warnings you can visit: www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings.
Some Sunshine Coast roads are completely flooded or have been closed due to rising water levels. Please remember: if it’s flooded, forget it. Never risk driving your vehicle through floodwaters as it can often be deeper and faster flowing than it may seem. It is always safer to turn around than risk entering floodwater. There are currently 64 road closures active across the Sunshine Coast. To find out more about road closures in your area visit: www.disaster.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Home/RoadList.
Before you head out on the roads, the Sunshine Coast Council is asking residents to check www.disaster.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au. Disaster hub has links to flood mapping, council news and updates for your convenience.
There are currently no evacuation centres open. However, you can find a list of evacuation centres here: www.disaster.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Home/EvacList.
If you need flood emergency assistance, contact the SES on 132 500.
If you have a life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.