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Pacific Haven families prepare to evacuate if necessary

FAMILIES at Pacific Haven are ready to evacuate if necessary with predictions that up to 400mm will drench the region over Thursday and Friday due to the tropical low in the Coral Sea.

Gen and Garry Booth have lived through two serious floods in the area and have moved almost everything they own out of their house and into a warehouse on higher ground.

Mr Booth said he believed the combination of both the rain from the tropical low and the expected king tide meant Pacific Haven would be worse off than other parts of the Fraser Coast.

"If we don't all get flooded this time I'll be really surprised," Mr Booth said.

"I reckon this king tide, which is apparently the biggest one in a year, will add a metre onto the water we'll get."

The Booths were not the only people in the area bracing themselves for the big wet, with other locals packing trailers and getting boats ready.

"One of our neighbours has his boat ready to go," Mr Booth explained.

"He got it together months ago because he reckoned it was going to flood this year. It was a good guess, I'll say."

Fraser Coast Disaster planning co-ordinator Mal Churchill said he urged the entire region to get prepared.

"We sent out messages to Pacific Haven and other communites to keep alert as an act of preparation," Mr Churchill said.

"But nobody can actually say where will flood and where it won't so we just take the general act of preparedness right across the board."

Parts of the Fraser Coast are expected to receive a total of up to 400mm of rain on Thursday and Friday, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Pacific Haven resident Garry Booth recalls the 1992 and 2013 flood levels that affected his property as he prepares for another possible flood.
Pacific Haven resident Garry Booth recalls the 1992 and 2013 flood levels that affected his property as he prepares for another possible flood. Brendan Bufi

 

Topics:  cyclone, flood, hervey bay, maryborough, pacific haven, rain, wildweather




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