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Toowoomba Region on Alert as Bureau of Meteorology Issues Flood Watch

Toowoomba Region on Alert as Bureau of Meteorology Issues Flood Watch

Toowoomba, January 29, 2024 – The Toowoomba Region Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) has activated its alert status in response to the Bureau of Meteorology’s (BOM) issuance of an initial flood watch for the area. 

Bureau of Meteorology Issues Flood Watch

Chair Geoff McDonald, addressing the media on Monday morning, emphasised the need for vigilance as further heavy rainfall and thunderstorms are predicted to impact central, southern, and southeast Queensland in the next 48 hours.

Chair McDonald assured the community that the Toowoomba LDMG is fully prepared to assist in the event of flooding.

BOM forecasts indicate potential heavy rain over Toowoomba on Monday and Tuesday, posing a risk of minor flooding in the Condamine River and the possibility of flash floods.

Residents were urged to stay informed about weather forecasts and act accordingly based on the latest advice.

Chair McDonald emphasised, “If it’s flooded, forget it,” urging motorists to adhere to warnings, observe road conditions, and exercise caution.

Measures and advisories

In anticipation of potential flooding, the LDMG has strategically placed sand piles across the region.

Residents are encouraged to bring their sandbags and shovels, with a reminder to take only what is necessary. Assistance is available for those with mobility issues through contact with the SES.

For immediate life-threatening emergencies, the public is advised to call 000, while those in need of emergency flood or storm assistance can reach the State Emergency Service at 132 500.

Sand Pile Locations:

  • Newman Road, Wyreema
  • Duke Street, Jondaryan (near the steam train)
  • Lucy Street Park, Cambooya
  • 4-20 Lorrimer Street, Oakey (in front of SES)
  • 33-35 Cooke Street, Goombungee (in front of SES)
  • Railway Street, Pittsworth (in front of SES)
  • Timber Street, Crows Nest (next to SES)

Residents are encouraged to stay updated through the Toowoomba Region Disaster Dashboard at http://disaster.tr.qld.gov.au/.

Vic

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