THE Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Group has today turned its attention to cleaning up the damage left by ex Tropical Cyclone Oswald.
Co-ordinator Alan (Fox) Rogers said the main focus today would be on assessing the damage to ensure help is provided to those in need as soon as possible.
"Our primary concern now is the safety and welfare of people. We have crews heading out assessing the damage and knocking on doors in the worst impacted areas to see that people are okay," Mr Rogers said.
"With about 26,000 homes across the region without power and more than 80 roads closed, there will be people needing help.
"We have no idea how many homes may be structurally damaged so our crews will be driving around to gather that information so that we can have an accurate assessment.
"One of the most important messages today for people, and particularly children, is to not enter flood waters, whether it is to drive through or to play in.
"It is tempting but people are putting their lives, and the lives of those emergency staff and volunteers called to rescue them - at risk. It's not worth it - remember, if it's flooded - forget it.
"As the clean-up starts, residents can take advantage of dumping their storm debris for free at council landfills.
"The landfills are open normal business hours from today. We ask people to separate their storm debris into recyclables eg metals, green waste etc to take advantage of the no fee opportunity to clean-up.
"Also our rubbish trucks are having trouble getting through to some areas this morning for normal collections so if your waste or recycling collection service in your area is interrupted or delayed during, please leave your bin out the front of your property and it will be emptied within a day or two, or as soon as possible.
"If your bin has not been emptied for a few days and you need the waste space, you can take your bin to the nearest waste disposal centre yourself, and empty it there free of charge."
>> THE BIG PICTURE:
- The region received between 120 and 375mm of rain over the past 24 hours. Up to 50mm is expected today in some areas.
- 26,000 homes are without power and 64 transformers out of action.
- About 100 people arrived at Council's evacuation centres - most were travellers who couldn't get home/
- More than 80 roads are close with a further 80 with signage asking drivers to proceed with caution.
- Wind gusts this morning may still reach 45 to 50 kmh but are expecting to drop to about 20km/h by this evening.
- While streams are falling, the Noosa and Maroochy Rivers will continue to peak with the high- tides.
For life-threatening emergencies call 000.
For emergency help in storms and floods call SES 132 500
For electricity issues and information 13 19 62 (Emergency); 13 62 62 (Loss of supply); 13 12 53 (Inquiries)
How do you view the storms over the past few days?
This poll ended on 28 February 2013.
A sure sign of climate change - 20%
Normal Queensland weather - 58%
A quirk of nature - 21%
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
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