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Queenslanders urged to prepare for further evacuations
Emergency services are asking Queenslanders to continue to heed emergency messages and prepare for further possible evacuations over the coming days.
The flooding situation in Queensland is unprecedented with 75 per cent of the state now affected.
Emergency services are continuing to assist local communities but residents are being asked to do their part by ensuring they have their emergency kits ready to use and making sure they keep themselves safe.
Residents around central, southern and western Queensland need to be prepared to be isolated in some areas for a number of days and should have supplies of non perishable food and water to sustain themselves.
Emergency kits should contain a battery powered radio, a torch with spare batteries, a first aid kit including regular medications as well as clothing, emergency phone numbers and supplies for any pets.
Emergency Management Queensland is also asking residents to check on neighbours and any elderly or vulnerable members of their community.
Residents are also asked to keep informed about the developing situation by monitoring their local media broadcasts and obeying the requests of authorities.
All motorists are being reminded not to drive through any flooded waterways. The rapidly developing situation may cause many roads to become inundated with water at short notice, making them deadly to cross.
It only takes 15 centimetres of fast flowing water to sweep a person off their feet and into a flooded waterway. It only takes 60 centimetres of floodwater to push a four-wheel-drive off a roadway leading to often tragic circumstances.
Large amounts of debris are also floating down river systems and these hazards are often below the surface of the water, hidden from view.
Every swift water rescue performed by fire personnel puts not only the victim’s life but the lives of emergency services personnel who are forced to enter treacherous waterways at risk and people are asked to consider this before entering any floodwaters.
For storm and flood assistance contact the SES on 132 500. Anyone having difficulties seeking assistance via the 132 500 number to contact their local council.
If residents are experiencing a life threatening emergency they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
More information on preparing for floods can be found at: www.emergency.qld.gov.au...
Originally posted by Havick007
reply to post by Kryties
I think he may have been turning on his 4WD - in the older models you need to turn something on the tyre rims to activate the 4WD in the front wheels. I noticed when he drove out that the tyres were still pressurised. It wuld taken alot longer to deflate the tyres properly.
Crocodiles at a nearby Sunshine Coast zoo founded by the late television wildlife star Steve Irwin were being tied up in case they escaped in the deluge.