Townsville Disaster Information
Townsville City Council Disaster Information
Council is currently monitoring Tropical Cyclone Debbie located in the Coral Sea. We recommend that you begin undertaking your emergency preparations for your home and family and review your personal emergency and evacuation plans.
The Disaster Coordination Centre - 1800 738 541 is operational from 8am.
TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 43
Issued at 11:58 am AEST on Tuesday 28 March 2017
Severe tropical cyclone Debbie is a category 4 cyclone. While small temporary variations in the track have been observed, as happens with all cyclones, the system is still forecast to move slowly west-southwest over the next 12 to 24 hours. The cyclone is beginning to make landfall on the mainland between Bowen and Airlie Beach, and will move gradually inland through this afternoon and evening. As the system moves inland, the peak winds near the centre will begin to weaken.
Cyclone tracking map Issued at 11:58 am AEST Tuesday 28 March 2017. Refer to Tropical Cyclone Advice Number 43.
For the full update visit the BOM website.
Preparing for Cyclone Debbie
Media Release 12.15pm - Personnel performing essential services and disaster management tasks in Townsville are advised to report for work as required where it is safe to do so. Roads remain open. The general public should avoid unnecessary travel.
Media Release 10.00am - Townsville and Magnetic Island residents are warned to remain alert and stay indoors until Tropical Cyclone Debbie crosses the coast today. Read more.
Council Operational Information - A reminder council offices, venues and services will be closed today, however our Disaster Coordination Centre is operational and we will continue to monitor Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Remember no rubbish collection will occur today. Please do not put your bins kerbside and we will advise of new collection times.
Council Operational Information 6pm - Council offices, venues and services will be closed tomorrow (Tuesday), however our Disaster Coordination Centre will be operational and we will continue to monitor Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
Media Release 5.30pm - Townsville and Magnetic Island residents should remain vigilant and prepared for dangerous winds from Tropical Cyclone Debbie according to latest advice. Read more.
Bin Collection - Residents should secure their wheelie bins after today's collection runs. Waste collection operations will be suspended at 4pm today. Tuesdays collections have been cancelled and there will be a flow on effect through the rest of the week. Council will advise when collection operations will recommence once it is deemed safe to do so. Residents are asked to be patient during this period.
Landfill and transfer stations - All Council landfills and transfer stations will be closed on Tuesday 28 March. Council will advise when landfill and transfer station operations will recommence once it is deemed safe to do so.
Paluma Camping Update - Please note that the Recreation Area at Lake Paluma has been closed until further notice due to degrading weather conditions. In addition, Mount Spec Forestry Road (the Road to the Dam) has also been closed.
Media Release 6.30am - The Townsville Disaster Management Group met this morning at 4.30am to assess the current cyclone situation. Townsville residents should make final preparations for destructive winds from Tropical Cyclone Debbie which is now expected to arrive from 8pm tonight. Read more.
Media Release 8.20pm - Cape Cleveland area residents directed to evacuate. The Townsville Local Disaster Management Group (TLDMG) issued the advice tonight based on updated forecasts from the Bureau of Meteorology, which puts the area at significant risk of storm surge from Cyclone Debbie. Read more.
Media Release 8.20pm - Townsville residents are warned to expect dangerous winds to reach the city much earlier in the latest forecasts for Cyclone Debbie. Read more.
Media Release 12.45pm - Townsville residents should make final preparations for destructive winds from Tropical Cyclone Debbie. TLDMG chair and Townsville Mayor Cr Jenny Hill warned residents that the city was in the path of Cyclone Debbie’s destructive zone despite the system taking a slightly southerly track. Read more.
Call Centre - The Disaster Coordination Centre is now active and is staffed from 7am to 7pm to take your enquiries. Please call 1800 738 541 for any enquiries relating to Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
Rockpool - As part of our disaster preparations the Rockpool is now closed and shade sails around the city are being removed. Thank you for your patience as we work to ensure the safety of our community and infrastructure.
Media Release - Townsville’s Disaster Management Coordination Centre has been activated following the formation of Tropical Cyclone Debbie this morning. Townsville Mayor and Townsville Local Disaster Management Group (TLDMG) chair Cr Jenny Hill said Council and Emergency Services staff would be at the centre from this afternoon to monitor the cyclone’s progress. Read more.
At this stage, evacuations have been directed in the following areas:
- Cape Cleveland area, including Cungulla and Cleveland Palms
Free sand is available from Lou Litser Park, Boundary Street. Please bring your own sandbags and a shovel, you will need to fill the bags yourself. If you are unable to supply sand bags, shopping bags will suffice. Sand will be replenished as required.
Storm Tide Evacuation Guide
You may need to evacuate your home due to a storm tide in a cyclone event.
The Storm Tide Evacuation Guide will assist you in determining if your property is at risk of inundation from a storm tide and whether evacuation is required. If you are not required to evacuate, your home is often the safest place for you.
- Review the Storm Tide Evacuation Maps below to determine if your property is located in an evacuation zone. Maps are listed by suburb and can be viewed at street level by zooming in* or
- Consider the tips contained in the guide for preparing a household emergency plan and emergency kit
- Familiarise yourself with the local emergency contact details and radio station information.
If your residence is located in a coloured evacuation zone, your property may be inundated in a storm tide event. The height of the predicted storm tide during the disaster event will determine which zones will be affected.
Storm Tide Evacuation Guide - Local Government Area Map
PLEASE NOTE: If you are not located in a coloured evacuation zone, your suburb will not be shown on the detailed maps below.
*PLEASE NOTE >> The map above provides an overview only. Detailed map information by suburb is available in the list below.
How to read and use the storm tide evacuation maps
- Identify your suburb from the list below. If you are not located in a coloured evacuation zone, your suburb will not be shown on the detailed maps below.
- Double click the map and use the zoom in tool for further map detail. You should now be able to identify what zone you're in.
- If you are in one of the coloured zones, you may be at risk from storm tide flooding during cyclones.
- Identify your evacuation route to your pre-determined safer location.
- During a cyclone event tune into warnings, authorities will advise which zones need to evacuate.
Storm Tide Evacuation Maps - By Suburb
|Suburb (Aitkenvale - Currajong||Suburb (Garbutt - Picnic Bay)||Suburb (Pimlico - Yabulu)|
|Aitkenvale (PDF 1.2MB)||Garbutt (PDF 1.1MB)||Pimlico (PDF 1.1MB)|
|Annandale (PDF 1.1MB)||Gulliver (PDF)||Railway Estate (PDF 1MB)|
|Arcadia (PDF)||Hermit Park (PDF 1MB)||Rollingstone (PDF)|
|Balgal Beach (PDF)||Horseshoe Bay (PDF)||Rosslea (PDF)|
|Beach Holm (PDF)||Hyde Park (PDF)||Rowes Bay (PDF)|
|Belgian Gardens (PDF)||Idalia (PDF)||Saunders Beach (PDF)|
|Black River (PDF)||Mount Louisa (PDF)||South Townsville (PDF)|
|Bluewater (PDF)||Mount Low (PDF)||Toolakea (PDF)|
|Bohle (PDF)||Mount St John (PDF)||Toomulla (PDF)|
|Burdell (PDF)||Mundingburra (PDF 1.1MB)||Townsville City (PDF)|
|Bushland Beach (PDF)||Mysterton (PDF)||Vincent (PDF 1.2MB)|
|Cape Cleveland - North (PDF)||Nelly Bay (PDF)||West End (PDF)|
|Cape Cleveland - South (PDF)||Nome (PDF)||West Point (PDF)|
|Cluden (PDF)||North Ward (PDF)||Wulguru (PDF)|
|Cosgrove (PDF)||Oonoonba (PDF)||Yabulu (PDF)|
|Cungulla (PDF)||Pallarenda (PDF)|
|Currajong (PDF)||Picnic Bay (PDF)|
Useful Website Links
- Get Ready QLD
- Bureau of Meteorology (BoM)
- 131940 Road Closures
- Townsville Health and Hospital Service
- Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS)
- Queensland Police Service (QPS)
- Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES)
- State Emergency Services (SES)
- Department of Education - School Closures
- Red Cross - Register.Find.Reunite
- Port of Townsville
- Townsville Airport
- SeaLink QLD
- Fantasea Cruising Magnetic