DISASTER OPERATIONS SHIFT TOWARDS RECOVERY - 1PM - 2 APRIL

2 April 2017

LATEST INFORMATION 

Our Disaster Centre remains open. We’re now in a recovery phase while still keeping response activities going where necessary.

Water level at both Albert and Logan Rivers are falling.

Albert River reached its peak at Beenleigh at approximately 11pm on Friday (8.02 metre) and since then it has been falling.

Logan River reached its peak at approximately 10 pm last night (10.40 metre) and since then it has been falling very slowly.

NOTE: At lower reaches of the Logan River, there will be fluctuations of water level due to the action of tide. Therefore, at times it may seem that flood level is temporarily (for a few hours) going up.

Remember: If it's flooded, forget it. 

Current Recovery focus includes:

Our focus now is getting a damage assessment and restoring our city.

We’ve worked hard over the weekend to ensure access. Working to get debris off all local roads. Access open in Currumbin and Tallebudgera Valley. Emergency vehicles and local traffic only. No non-essential travel into these areas. Some landslips remain to be tidied up.

City crews are monitoring flood levels around Alberton and will re-open roads when appropriate.

Water:

The Tugun Desalination Plant is operational.

We have no significant water supply issues across the city. Gold Coast Water and Waste officers are operating over the weekend to address limited remaining issues and to respond to any emerging issues.

Key State Road actions:

Springbrook‘s two entry roads are both damaged and there is currently no access. Do not try to drive to Springbrook.

There is no access up the eastern side from Austinville. Do not attempt to drive up that way. Crew is working hard to get the western side open near Pine Creek Road.

Tugun Bypass opened again late yesterday afternoon.

Tamborine–Oxenford Road is closed at the John Muntz Causeway and expected to remain closed for some time

Other roads:

Nerang–Murwillumbah Road open at Numinbah Valley but closed at the NSW border

Alan Wilkie Bridge (Stanmore Road) – extensive structural damage.   Will remain closed.

Evacuation Centre

The Ormeau evacuation centre was closed at 3pm yesterday. At the peak we had five Evacuation Centres open with a small number of people registered. The majority of people attending the evacuation centres dropped in briefly for information and support.

Energex:

1183 homes still without power at 9.30AM this morning. Down from a peak of more than 10,000.

SES:

Number of call outs – 408 completed. Currently have no jobs outstanding. Assisting Logan operations at present.

Two crews in Logan helping out with one crew finishing up at Tallebudgera.

Team at Springbrook gained access and doing welfare checks. Morale is high.

City services:

Normal services are back – libraries open again tomorrow, pools and community centres open as normal.

Waste centres:

These are open but please be patient as there will be line ups with vehicles and trailers.

Key Numbers:

For flood assistance call SES - 132 500

Fallen powerlines -131 962 and power outages - 136 262.

NSW Traffic – 132 701 or livetraffic.com

Birds eye shot of the gold coast beaches and skyline.