Residents urged to stay safe and check Council’s Emergency Management Dashboard

Date published: 28 February 2018

A serious weather event is expected to hit Townsville later this afternoon and this evening, with heavy rainfall throughout the city.

Townsville residents should go to Council’s Emergency Management Dashboard at disaster.townsville.qld.gov.au for up-to-date information about the weather event, road closures and electricity faults.

Townsville Local Disaster Management Group deputy chair Cr Kurt Rehbein said the Dashboard was the best place to go for information relating to the serious weather event.

“The Dashboard will provide residents with the information they need to know to stay safe as we’re expecting significant rainfalls later today,” Cr Rehbein said.

“The information on the Dashboard will be updated throughout the day and is a one-stop shop for residents to find out about rainfall, flood warning and road clsoures.”

Residents in areas such as Kelso, the Bohle and Deeragun should regularly check the Dashboard as there may be some localised flooding.

Cr Rehbein said motorists needed to take extra care in the wet conditions and never drive on flooded roads.

“Don’t drive across any flooded roads – if it’s flooded, forget it,” Cr Rehbein said.

“We’re expecting a lot of rainfall later this afternoon and into the evening so where possible people should try and avoid being on the road.”

The Local Disaster Coordination Centre has been activated and the weather event will be monitored by Council, Queensland Police Service, the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and the State Emergency Service.

Regular updates will be provided but the best place to check for up-to-date information is Council’s Emergency Management Dashboard.