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REDLANDS AND THE ISLANDS URGED TO GET READY FOR THE COMING STORM SEASON

Redland City Council wants residents to be fully prepared for the coming storm season.

Forecasters are predicting another La Nina event which means prolonged wet and windy weather may be experienced over the summer months for the third season in succession.

On the mainland, residents are being advised of where to obtain sandbags.

On the islands, sand bags will be available at council depots and all residents are encouraged to follow the instructions below to prepare their homes for any major weather onslaught.

Redland City Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group Chair Karen Williams said more Council employees will be available to investigate and respond to reports of flood-impacted infrastructure, including clearing fallen trees, closing flooded roads and cleaning drains.

Get Ready Queensland Week was held from 10-16 October to raise awareness about being prepared for extreme weather events and disasters including storm season.

The islands are not as susceptible to flooding as the mainland, but there are areas of localised flooding in certain streets that are likely.

Falling trees and the possibility of power outages are likely to be prevalent on the islands.

Council will also open 24-hour self-service sandbagging stations at Council depots on North Stradbroke, Russell and Macleay islands.

Filled bags will also be available for collection from the Rural Fire Stations on Lamb and Karragarra islands and from the Men’s Shed on Coochiemudlo Island.

Get ready for storm season:

  • Clean gutters and downpipes so stormwater can drain quickly

  • Trim trees and overhanging branches around your property, and secure loose items (sheets of tin, trampolines)

  • Property owners are responsible for managing stormwater run-off – ensure your property has adequate drainage systems to prevent water flowing onto adjacent or downstream properties.

  • Ensure water run-off is drained to a lawful point of discharge via a kerb adapter or into the kerb and channel in front of the property, and ensure ground levels around your home direct surface flow away from the house.

  • Stay alert and prepared for flooding around creeks, and storm tide flooding along the foreshore and in low-lying suburbs.

  • More information on flood impacts and types of flooding is available on Council’s Disasters and emergencies website.

  • Sign up to Council’s opt-in emergency notification messaging service, via the Redlands Coast Disaster Dashboard, to receive weather warnings, community alerts or flooded road notifications.

Sandbagging locations on Redlands Coast

  • Council will advise the community through its news site and social media channels when sandbagging stations open.

  • At these times, residents will be able to collect six sandbags from Nuway upon presentation of identification such as a rates notice or driver licence.

  • Council will also open 24-hour self-service sandbagging stations at Council depots on North Stradbroke, Russell and Macleay islands.

  • Filled bags will also be available for collection from the Rural Fire Stations on Lamb and Karragarra islands and from the Men’s Shed on Coochiemudlo Island.

  • Information on how to use sandbags to protect your home is available on the SES website.