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Emergency Services Respond As Severe Weather Hits Qld Coast

South-east Queenslanders are encouraged to be vigilant and avoid travel today, as severe weather impacts the region.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has forecast heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding across parts of the state. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Deputy Commissioner Mark Roche said QFES was prepared and ready to aid the community when needed.

“Overnight State Emergency Services (SES) crews responded to more than 200 call-outs for jobs including sandbagging and assisting with damage to properties,” Mr Roche said. “We encourage Queenslanders to stay indoors, but if you need to travel before you set out it’s vital to have a Plan B in place, including identifying alternative routes.

“Flooded roads are always dangerous and unpredictable, so it’s important for motorists to stay off roadways covered by water. The message is simple: if it’s flooded, forget it. The size of your car and driving ability will not affect the threat posed by floodwaters.”

“Your safety is our top priority, and we want to ensure you and your loved ones are safe during wet weather. The easiest way to do this is to stay out of flooded areas. Parents must supervise their children closely and ensure they stay away from drains, culverts and any flowing water.”

Residents who require storm and flood assistance should contact the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500.

In a life-threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000). For updated information monitor the BoM website at www.bom.gov.au and for further information on floodwater safety visit www.qld.gov.au/floodwatersafety

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