Local Disaster Management Group Stands Down

This Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) stood down today following the crossing of Tropical Cyclone Debbie and the associated flooding.

Chair, Cr. Lyn McLaughlin said the group was feeling relieved that the Burdekin Shire was not affected by the damaging winds and torrential rain. The Burdekin Shire was only impacted by minor flooding associated with the high levels of rain received in the Burdekin River catchment area.

Kerbside bin collection has returned to normal, and waste bins will be collected next week as per the schedule. Residents are reminded that green waste left on footpaths will not be collected and residents will need to make their own arrangements to remove it from their property.

For future events it is important to remember that the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and Burdekin Shire Council’s websites provide accurate and up to date information and advice.

“I would like to thank Council staff, Emergency Service personnel, community organisation and Government agencies who assisted in the preparation for Tropical Cyclone Debbie and acknowledge their support and advice,” said Cr. McLaughlin.

Our thoughts and support are extended to our neighbours in the Whitsunday Regional Council area with their recovery and rebuilding efforts. Our thoughts are also with the other regions affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

Burdekin River – Predicted Flood Heights

Burdekin Shire Council advises that due to the failure of a number of the river height gauges on the Burdekin River, it will now rely on the predicted river levels provided by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).

BOM issued an update for river heights for the lower Burdekin River at 5.36pm today. The Burdekin River at Inkerman Bridge is expected to exceed the minor flood level (7.00 m) late Wednesday evening. The river level is likely to reach the moderate flood level (10.00 m) early Thursday morning and is likely to peak near 10.50 metres on Thursday morning.

 

As a guide, the following river heights and probable flood effects have been developed by Council based on past events.

 

 Height at Burdekin Bridge in metresProbable Effect
6.00 to 7.00Residents of Rita Island and Groper Creek should monitor heights.
8.53Water commences to come against Todd’s Break.
8.84Water commences to come in Warren’s Gully. Water commences to come over bank into Plantation Creek.
9.75Water commences to come over banks at Tapiolas Break and McDowell’s and Ramsden’s on Home Hill side. Also enters farms in Jarvisfield area.
10.67Water breaks over the top of protective work at Todd’s holding up traffic on Rita Island Road at Jarvisfield School and on the Kilrie Road at Lando’s.

 

Council Officers will monitor the situation throughout the night and provide updated information via Council’s website and social media pages.

At this stage, Council is unable to advise on potential major traffic interruption between Ayr and Home Hill.

Local Disaster Management Group Chair, Cr. Lyn McLaughlin is urging residents to be aware of the dangers of flood water.

“It is important to remember that ‘if it’s flooded, forget it’, said Cr. McLaughlin.

The most current information is available from the BOM website (http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings/flood/burdekin-river.shtml) and Council’s website (http://www.burdekin.qld.gov.au) and Facebook pages (Burdekin Shire Council and Burdekin Shire Council Disaster Coordination Centre).

Burdekin River Flood Report No 5

The Burdekin Shire Council Flood Reporting Centre reports on the Burdekin river and its tributaries as follows:-

at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, 29 March, 2017

Burdekin Shire Council has to advise that due to the failure of a number of the river height gauges on the Burdekin River it will now rely on the predicted river levels provided by the Bureau of Meteorology for further information. Please utilise the Bureau of Meteorology website which is http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings/flood/burdekin-river.shtml

 

 

Burdekin River Height

This morning, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued an update for river heights for the lower Burdekin River.

Council was advised of a predicted flood height of 11.5 metres at Inkerman Bridge. However, as the Myuna Gauging Station failed due to flooding, BOM have advised that remodelling is currently underway to determine a more accurate prediction.

Council in consultation with BOM believe that the predicted flood height will be around 10.3 metres tomorrow, with the estimated timeframe still being modelled.

Local Disaster Management Group Chair, Cr. Lyn McLaughlin is urging residents to be aware of the dangers of flood water.

“It is important to remember that ‘if it’s flooded, forget it’, said Cr. McLaughlin.

Residents of Rita Island and Groper Creek should monitor heights and take appropriate action. Preparation should include adequate food and household supplies along with any necessary medication.

BOM are regularly updating their flood warning for the lower Burdekin River. Council are also maintaining a flood reporting centre for the Burdekin River with the next update expected at 2pm.

Burdekin River Flood Report No 3

The Burdekin Shire Council Flood Reporting Centre reports on the Burdekin river and its tributaries as follows:-

at 11:00 am on Wednesday, 29 March, 2017

LocationHeightNotes
Burdekin Falls Dam0.42mSteady
Myuna12.60mFalling
Dalbeg11.59mRising 1m/hr
Strathbogie – Bogie River5.17mFalling
Millaroo5.17mRising 400mm/hr
Clare2.80mRising Slowly
Inkerman
(Burdekin River Bridge at Home Hill)
3.31mSteady
Rita Island Bridge2.70m
below deck
Steady

 

Rises are expected in the lower Burdekin River.

It is expected to reach a level of at least 7 metres at the Burdekin River bridge at Home Hill by this evening, Wednesday, 29 March, 2017.

Further rises are expected reaching moderate flood levels to 10.30 meters on Thursday, 30 March, 2017.

Residents of Rita Island and Groper Creek should monitor heights and take appropriate action.

A further bulletin will be issued at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, 29 March, 2017.

 

Burdekin River Flood Report No 2

The Burdekin Shire Council Flood Reporting Centre reports on the Burdekin river and its tributaries as follows:-

at 7:00 am on Wednesday, 29 March, 2017

LocationHeightNotes
Burdekin Falls Dam0.40mSteady
Myuna11.72mRising 300mm/hr
Dalbeg3.29mRising 100mm/hr
Strathbogie – Bogie River8.12mFalling
Millaroo3.05mRising Slowly
Clare2.05mSteady
Inkerman
(Burdekin River Bridge at Home Hill)
3.31mSteady
Rita Island Bridge2.70m
below deck
Steady

 

Rises are expected in the lower Burdekin River.

It is expected to reach a level of at least 7 metres at the Burdekin River bridge at Home Hill by this evening, Wednesday, 29 March, 2017.

Further rises are expected reaching moderate flood levels to 10.00 meters on Thursday, 30 March, 2017.

Residents of Rita Island and Groper Creek should monitor heights and take appropriate action.

A further bulletin will be issued at 11:00 am on Wednesday, 29 March, 2017.

 

A Weather Update – Gale force winds expected from 3.00pm

The Burdekin LDMG wishes to advise residents that the following advice was received from the Bureau of Meteorology at 2.00pm Tuesday 28th March 2017.

• Ayr – gale force winds expected from 3pm with the possibility of destructive winds overnight
• Expect gale force winds above 100km/h overnight.
• Tropical Cyclone Debbie currently moving South West at 11km/hr.
• Recent significant wind gusts recorded in Ayr of 76km/hr at 1:00pm.

Residents safety is our number one priority.

Please ensure you remain indoors during the expected gale force winds overnight.

Cyclone Debbie – Update 7

The latest update from Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) indicates that Tropical Cyclone Debbie is making landfall now on the mainland near 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.

It is important that we do not get complacent and that you continue to watch and listen to the media as the wind and rain in the Burdekin is expected to intensify during the afternoon today (Tuesday).

Recent significant wind gust observations include:

– 262 km/h at Hamilton Island airport at 10:30 am.
– 159 km/h at Proserpine Airport 12:29 am
– 130 km/h at Bowen Airport at 12:33 am

Do not go outside until this event is completely over and the emergency services have been able to ensure that everything is safe.

Once wind gusts reach 100kph emergency services will be in lock down and not able to help you.

The Bureau of Meteorology provides the official information and is available at:

http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDQ65002.shtml

TC Debbie Cyclone Track Map 26.03.2017 1pm

TC Debbie Cyclone Track Map 26.03.2017 1pm

 

 

Cyclone Debbie – Update 6

The latest update from Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) indicates that Tropical Cyclone Debbie is continuing on a west-southwest track towards the north Queensland coast as a category 4 system. Severe tropical cyclone Debbie is currently a category 4 cyclone and is forecast to make landfall on the mainland between about Ayr and Midge Point at around 2pm.

Current estimates are that the cyclone will make landfall around the Bowen area, but the cyclone could change track.

Do not go outside until this event is completely over and the emergency services have been able to ensure that everything is safe.

Once wind gusts reach 100kph emergency services will be in lock down and not able to help you.

It is important that we do not get complacent and that you continue to watch and listen to the media as the wind and rain is expected to intensify during the day today (Tuesday).

The Bureau of Meteorology provides the official information and is available at:

http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDQ65002.shtml

TC Debbie Cyclone Track Map 26.03.2017 11am

TC Debbie Cyclone Track Map 26.03.2017 11am

 

Cyclone Debbie – Update 5

The latest update from Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) indicates that Tropical Cyclone Debbie is continuing on a west-southwest track towards the north Queensland coast as a category 4 system. Severe tropical cyclone Debbie is currently a category 4 cyclone and is forecast to make landfall on the mainland between about Ayr and Midge Point at around midday.

Current estimates are that the cyclone will make landfall around the Bowen area, but the cyclone could change track.

It is important that we do not get complacent and that you continue to watch and listen to the media as the wind and rain is expected to intensify during the day today (Tuesday).

Do not go outside until this event is completely over and the emergency services have been able to ensure that everything is safe.

The Bureau of Meteorology provides the official information and is available at:
http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDQ65002.shtml

Residents between Ayr and St Lawrence are specifically warned of the dangerous storm tide as the cyclone crosses the coast. The sea is likely to rise steadily up to a level which will be significantly above the normal tide, with damaging waves, strong currents and flooding of low-lying areas extending some way inland. People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to follow instructions regarding evacuation of the area if advised to do so by the authorities.

Recommended Action

The Bureau of Meteorology recommends the following:

  • People in the path of the very dangerous cyclone should stay calm and remain in a secure shelter – above the expected water level – while the very destructive winds continue.
  • Do not venture outside if you find yourself in the eye of the cyclone – very destructive winds from a different direction could resume at any time.
  • Follow the evacuation advice or directions of Police, Emergency Services personnel and local authorities.
TC Debbie Cyclone Track Map 26.03.2017 9am

TC Debbie Cyclone Track Map 26.03.2017 9am

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