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.

Giru water supply fully operational – Water Conservation Advisory lifted

2.30pm Thursday 30th March, 2017.

Power has been restored to the Giru area allowing water treatment and pumping operations to return to normal.

Reservoir levels have been restored to full capacity. As such the notice to conserve water has been lifted.

Council appreciates the cooperation of residents in the Giru area in conserving water during and in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

Your efforts contributed to Council being able to provide safe potable water for essential purposes without interruption.

Council appreciates all efforts to conserve water at all times.

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

 

 

All Giru residents to continue to conserve water for essential purposes

Ergon Energy has advised that issues with transmission lines between Alligator Creek and Ayr continue to interrupt normal power supply to the Giru township and the Cungulla water treatment plant.

Electrical storms currently occurring in the region are hampering repair efforts.

The Giru Water Tower is currently at 58% capacity.

Water held in low level storages at the Giru Water Tower and Water Treatment Plant will be able to be delivered to the water tower once full power supply has been restored.

Residents need to be mindful to continue to conserve water.

This advisory will be reviewed tomorrow morning Thursday 30th March, 2017 following an assessment of the operational status of the Giru water supply.

Council appreciates your assistance in conserving water to this point and reminds all residents to use potable water for essential purposes only until further advice can be issued by Burdekin Shire Council.

Please remember

It is vital that residents in Giru conserve water.

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.

 

All Mount Kelly residents MUST conserve water

Mount Kelly without power

The residential area of Mount Kelly remains without power. The Mount Kelly Water Reservoir is currently at 37% capacity. Residents need to be mindful to continue to conserve water.

Water held at the low level storage in the Mount Kelly break tank will be able to be delivered to the reservoir once full power supply has been restored.

Ergon Energy has given priority to the Mount Kelly area and are currently working to restore full supply.

Please use potable water for essential purposes only until further advice can be issued by Burdekin Shire Council.

Please remember

It is vital that residents of Mount Kelly conserve water.

All Giru residents MUST continue to conserve water

Giru Township Water Treatment Plant is without power

Ergon Energy has advised that issues with transmission lines between Alligator Creek and Ayr continue to interrupt normal power supply to the Giru township and water treatment plant.

The Giru Water Tower is currently at 73% capacity however residents need to be mindful to continue to conserve water.

Water held in low level storages at the Giru Water Tower and Water Treatment Plant will be able to be delivered to the water tower once full supply has been restored.

Please use potable water for essential purposes only until further advice can be issued by Burdekin Shire Council.

Please remember

It is vital that residents in Giru conserve water.

Kerbside Waste Collections – Update

Wednesday 29 March 2017 – 8-30 am.

Residents are advised to leave their bins out on their normal collection days. If the bins are not emptied on that day, please leave them out for the next day.

Burdekin Shire Council advises as follows in relation to revised kerbside waste collections (red, yellow and green bins):

• Normal Tuesday bins will be picked up today, Wednesday.
• Normal Wednesday green waste bins will also be picked up today, Wednesday.
• Normal Wednesday red and yellow bins will most likely be picked up Thursday, possibly Wednesday.
• Normal Thursday bins will most likely be picked up Thursday or Friday.
• Normal Friday bins will most likely be picked up Friday.

Council and its waste contractor, JJ Richards will be endeavouring to make up for the lost day on Tuesday and bring the waste collections back to normal as soon as possible.

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