SEVERE WEATHER – Heavy rain

  • The Bureau of Meteorology is currently forecasting up to 120mm of heavy rain for the Gold Coast region this afternoon (Sunday 21 March)
    • City of Gold Coast have opened 3 sandbagging stations for community members whose properties are susceptible to localised flood impacts
    • Our City’s Disaster Management Unit is monitoring weather reports in consultation with Bureau of Meteorology emergency service agencies
    • Everyone is urged to be aware of the likelihood of localised flash flooding.
    • Roads may need to be closed. Information on road closures can be found at qldtraffic.com.au or by phoning 13 19 40.
    • If it’s flooded forget it.
    • Dangers include:
      • being swept away, even by slow moving water
      • getting snagged in rising water by potholes
      • collapsed sections of road or submerged debris
      • being knocked off your feet and sucked into a stormwater drain
    • If you are caught or you see someone stuck in a flash flood, phone Queensland Fire and Rescue Service on 000.

    SANDBAG INFORMATION

    Our sandbagging stations at Pimpama, Burleigh Heads and Bilinga will be open from 11am today (Sunday 21 March)

    They are located at:

    • 232 Old Pacific Highway, Pimpama (next to City of Gold Coast Coomera Depot)
    • 46 Boyd St, Bilinga (use the service road, next to the City of Gold Coast Tugun Depot)
    • 61 Hutchinson St, Burleigh Heads, (Reedy Creek Waste and Recycling Centre)

    Signage is on site to direct motorists to the sandbagging stations.

    Please drive carefully and to the conditions.

    It is important to note that sandbags can reduce the impact of flooding if they’re placed correctly in appropriate locations around property. They are not waterproof and will not stop the water completely.

    Queensland State Emergency Services (SES) offer a useful instructional video on how to sandbag your home and business.

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