Lord Mayor urges residents to prepare for weekend weather
Thursday, 4 December 2014
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is urging residents, particularly in areas affected by last week’s storms, to be prepared for predicted storm activity and severe weather this weekend.
Cr Quirk said the Bureau of Meteorology had forecast storms from Friday to Monday, with the potential for rain and other severe weather.
“Our city and many residents are still recovering from last week’s severe storms, which dumped large volumes of green waste across the city and caused considerable damage to property,” Cr Quirk said.
“Given this, it is important for residents to reassess their storm preparedness to ensure loose tree branches are clear of your home and leaf litter isn’t causing any drainage issues.
“Prior to this weekend’s predicted storm, residents are encouraged to secure any loose items in their yard or on balconies, so they don’t become dangerous.
“Council has opened waste transfer stations to residents free of charge, from today until Sunday 7th December. I am encouraging residents to take existing storm related waste, including green waste, to a Council transfer station for disposal.”
“If residents are unable to access a transfer station, they are encouraged to secure any waste on the footpath as much as possible to minimise debris blowing around in a storm.
“Council’s kerbside collection of green waste and other storm affected goods is still continuing in some impacted suburbs and crews are working as quickly as possible to collect these items.”
Since Friday 28 November, Council’s transfer stations have received more than 3,497 tonnes of green waste and 874 tonnes of general waste.
Cr Quirk said that in the aftermath of the storm last Thursday evening, the number of roof tarping jobs reported to the SES stood at 550.
“Since then the number of roof tarping jobs has grown to 1,900, with nearly 3,000 total requests for assistance from the SES,” he said.
“Crews have been working to get houses covered with tarps as a matter of priority. There are just 60 tarping jobs remaining, which we look to have completed before the expected wet weather tomorrow.”
“This has been a mighty job from our emergency services and volunteers and I want to express my thanks to all of the crews involved in the effort.
“Not only have we had up to 52 SES crews out at for the clean-up, but the Rural Fire Service has added their support to this effort by providing crews for clean-up and emergency operations."
Cr Quirk also reminded residents to stay up-to-date on any potential weather events by signing up to Council’s Early Warning Alert Service through Council’s website.
“To date, more than 94,000 residents have signed up to receive emergency alert notifications,” he said.
Cr Quirk said Council crews are continuing to prioritise clearing storm debris from across the city.
“Crews are working to clear debris as soon as practical but with such large volumes distributed across the city, there is much work to do,” he said.
“To give residents an idea of the volumes we are dealing with, crews removed more than 63 truckloads of debris from the pathways alone in Guyatt Park, St Lucia.”
“At this stage, 25 parks remain completely closed and 11 are partially closed. 13 parks have been reopened after clean-up including Davies Park Orleigh Park and Gyatt Park.”
Council’s transfer stations are open from 6.30am to 5.45pm daily and are located at:
- 1560 Nudgee Road, Nudgee
- 360 Sherbrooke Road, Willawong
- 101 Upper Kedron Road, Ferny Grove
- 728 Tilley Road, Chandler (opposite the Sleeman Sports Complex).
Cr Quirk’s said residents could stay storm prepared with the following tips:
- Clean up the yard. Trim tree branches, clean gutters and downpipes and check the roof and skylights are in good condition.
- Residents going away for holidays should let their neighbours know and leave an emergency contact number with them.
- If a storm is approaching, make sure to secure any loose items in the yard.
- Shelter and secure pets, and put vehicles under cover if possible or cover with blankets.
- If flooding is likely to affect your property, ensure valuables are stored up high.
- Prepare an emergency kit. This should contain a torch, portable radio, spare batteries, first aid kit, emergency contact numbers and important documents such as insurance papers.
- Sign up to Council’s Early Warning Alert Service on Council’s website or phone 3403 8888.