The Central Highlands Local Disaster Coordination Centre has now closed, but council operations in the aftermath of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie will continue.
As the Rockhampton region faces major flooding next week, Mayor Cr Kerry Hayes said council’s disaster management staff were closely monitoring the situation for residents in the north-east of the Highlands.
‘We have some residents at properties along the Mackenzie and Dawson Rivers, which have seen significant stream rises – some at record heights,’ he said.
‘Through welfare checks over the last few days we have contacted all rural residents in that area to make sure they are safe and have the appropriate preparations in place.
‘Today we are also sending a rotary wing aircraft to do a fly-over of those areas to make sure the situation hasn’t changed and gather some useful data on the floodwater heights.’
With a number of roads still cut across Central Queensland, Mayor Hayes also reminded residents to continue to check council’s emergency management dashboard at www.beprepared.chrc.qld.gov.au
‘I understand school finishes today and there will be a lot of families looking to travel, but please make sure you check the road conditions before you jump in the car and be safe,’ he said.
‘Our work does not stop as council now becomes the main point of contact for local residents in need, so please call 1300 242 686 for assistance or Triple Zero if it’s an emergency.’