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Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor and Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management GroupJenny Whitney is urging residents and businesses in low lying areas to get sandbags now.
Mayor Whitney said sandbags can be filled and collected from SES sheds in Bowen, Cannonvale and Proserpine.
The locations of the SES sheds are:• Proserpine - 45 Hinschen Street• Cannonvale - 22 Schnapper Street• Bowen - 67 Herbert Street
People requiring sandbags can contact the SES on 132 500, sandbags are available today andpeople need to bring a shovel and fill the bags themselves.
Mayor Whitney said the latest advice from the Bureau of Meteorology is for heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, expected to develop about coastal and adjacent inland areas in theWhitsunday region over the next few days.
“In addition, we will also experience king tides over the next couple of days and this coupled withheavy rain may result in localised flooding,” she said.
“Businesses and residents in low lying areas are urged to sandbag their premises today.
“People need to take any action now ahead of potential localised flooding over the next few days.
“Residents living in the low lying coastal areas of the Whitsunday region are also urged to call ontheir friends or family members who live in safer high places for shelter, in case they need toevacuate.
“There are also warnings of strong winds, which is a reminder to everyone to clean up around their gardens and make sure there is nothing left lying around, which could cause potential damage in high winds,” she said.
The Whitsunday Disaster Management Group is also urging residents in coastal areas tofamiliarise themselves with the storm tide inundation mapping to identify the relevant evacuationzone for their properties.
The zones shown in the Emergency Action Guide (EAG) are an indication only for storm tides.
To view full-scale mapping, residents are urged to visit Council’s Customer Service Centres andLibraries across the region or visit Council’s website www.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au under the‘Disaster’ tab.
To keep up to date with information relating to current disaster events, residents are encouraged to ‘Like’ the Whitsunday Disaster and Emergency Information Facebook page, which will provide a direct link to information from the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group.
The Whitsunday Disaster Management Group monitors all cyclone and storm activity throughoutthe season and through Council, will provide up to date information to media outlets and thecommunity.
Whitsunday Emergency Action Guidehttp://whitsunday.civicplus.com.au/178/Emergency-Action-Guide
Storm surge maps - http://whitsunday.ldmg.net.au/community/
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