Significant rainfall predicted so get ready: fire service

RESIDENTS are being urged to get read for wet weather this week with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting significant rainfall in many areas across the state.

Steve Waddell, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services acting south-eastern regional director, has advised people to prepare for heavy rainfall.

"Clean up your yard, including your gutters, to ensure there is less chance of flooding or storm damage on your property," he said.

"Check to see if there are any roads or areas nearby that are likely to flood and make sure you have alternative routes planned.

"If there are elderly or vulnerable residents in your neighbourhood, assist them in preparing their homes and check in on them if the weather deteriorates."

Central western regional director Wayne Hepple said intense rainfall could result in creeks, drains and causeways flooding.

"Residents need to remember, it's flooded, forget it," he said.
  
"If you come across rising floodwaters, turn back and find an alternative route.

"By entering flooded waterways or roadways, you are putting your life and the life of the emergency service people that come to your aid at risk.

"Parents, please supervise your children and discourage them from playing or swimming in flooded creeks and drains. Floodwaters are deadly and there are dangers, like debris, lurking beneath the surface."

For flood and storm assistance, phone the State Emergency Service on 132 500 or download the SES Assistance App from iTunes or Google Play.

For life-threatening emergencies, phone 000.  

Visit www.bom.gov.au for more information on weather warnings and for more tips on getting ready, visit www.getready.qld.gov.au.



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