Rain on the way as #TC Debbie makes landfall  

Livingstone Shire Prepares

Rain on the way as #TC Debbie makes landfall   

Council’s Disaster Management Team will continue to closely monitor local catchment areas as heavy rain from Cyclone Debbie moves further south towards parts of Livingstone Shire.

 #TCDebbie crossed the coast near Airlie Beach as a Category 4 storm earlier this afternoon, bringing torrential rain and wind gusts of up to 260km/hour. It has since been downgraded to a Category 3 system.

 Local residents have reported pockets of heavy rainfall across the region and more than 100mm has fallen in Yeppoon over the last two days.

 Council partnered with the SES to provide sandbagging stations at two locations including the Old Hospital Site and car park of the Capricorn Coast Rec Centre on Cordingley Street, as a precaution.

 The sandbagging stations will remain in place as a precaution while #TCDebbie continues to move slowly inland.

The latest updates will be posted to Council’s official Facebook page as they become available. https://www.facebook.com/livingstoneshirecouncil/

 Council crews have started minor road work repairs and clearing debris from storm water drains. Residents are asked to prepare their households for any future possible rain events by clearing gutters, removing debris from the yard and ensuring their disaster plans are up to date. 

 Following last week’s heavy rain, a number of Council-controlled roads remain closed in low lying areas due to localised flooding. The latest rolling updates can be found at http://www.livingstone.qld.gov.au/489/Road-Closures

 Residents are advised to stay off the roads if possible, drive to the conditions if you need to travel and if it’s flooded, forget it.

 Keep an eye on the latest forecasts through the BOM website www.bom.gov.au and please contact the SES on 132 500 if you are in genuine need of assistance.