CREWS are set to begin defending the Maryborough CBD tomorrow morning as floodwaters continue to rise.
The Fraser Coast Regional Council said work to install the flood levee would be begin at 8am on Saturday morning.
The Bureau of Meteorology says major flooding is now expected in the Heritage City in the coming days.
Council urged the Maryborough community to begin prepare for minor flooding this afternoon. However, heavy rainfall has continued to fall in Mary River catchment areas and is expected to do so in the coming days.
Latest forecasts now suggest the major flood level of 9m could be exceeded on Sunday morning.
It’s possible flood levels on Monday morning could exceed those experienced last month.
Mayor George Seymour said residents who will be flooded or think they will be cut off by flood waters should start making preparations now and consider self-evacuating to family or friends in higher places over the weekend.
“If your home or business could be cut off or impacted by floodwaters, please start getting prepared now,” Cr Seymour said.
“Have your emergency kit ready, move personal and household property out of potential flood waters and make plans to keep your pets safe.
“This is an evolving situation and the next few days are going to be difficult. I urge everyone to stay safe, get prepared and be careful out on the roads. Remember if it is flooded, forget it.”
Current plans in place:
- The Granville bridge will be closed at 3am on Saturday morning. Residents are urged to ensure they have all the personal supplies they need, including medication, as the bridge is expected to be closed for several days.
- Council installed the interim flood gate solution that forms part of Maryborough’s CBD flood protection system this afternoon (Friday).
- Work to install the flood levee in the Maryborough CBD will begin at 8am tomorrow (Saturday) and there will be progressive road closures as it is in put in place. Residents are urged to please keep clear of the CBD tomorrow.
- An evacuation centre will be established at the Maryborough Senior Citizens Hall in Alice Street near Station Square and it will open from 8am Saturday morning.
- Sand and sandbags are available at a community self-filling station in the Maryborough Bunnings car park and will be available at the Granville Hall from 8am on Saturday morning.
- A medical centre will be set up at the Granville Hockey Club, and Queensland Ambulance and Fire and Rescue Service staff will be on standby. Please note this centre will be for emergencies only, not for issuing of regular medications.
Residents can check flood mapping to see if their property may be affected, here.
Visit Council’s Disaster Dashboard for emergency information; including weather warnings, power outages, flood cameras, river heights, flood maps and more.
Access the latest updates from the Bureau of Meteorology by clicking this link.
For flood assistance, please contact the State Emergency Service on 132 500. For all life-threatening emergencies please call 000.
If the current weather event is causing any distress or anxiety, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 to speak to someone.
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