Flood waters continue to rise

SES worker Peter Koplick joins fellow volunteers at the Daisy Hill Depot in filling sandbags to help local residents fight this weeks flood. Photo: Chris Owen / The Satellite Photo: Chris Owen / The Reporter
SES worker Peter Koplick joins fellow volunteers at the Daisy Hill Depot in filling sandbags to help local residents fight this weeks flood. Photo: Chris Owen / The Satellite Photo: Chris Owen / The Reporter Chris Owen

THOUSANDS of Logan residents were on high alert after rising flood waters were expected to break the banks of both the Logan and Albert Rivers.

Council predicted suburbs including Beenleigh, Eagleby, Mount Warren Park, South Maclean and Waterford were most at risk due to higher than normal rainfall from ex-tropical cyclone Oswald.

Logan Mayor Pam Parker said the council acted swiftly and door knocked properties most at risk.

She said the council would notify residents of more properties that were likely to be impacted.

"As Council, with the assistance of the Bureau of Meteorology, identifies more properties that are likely to be impacted, we will make contact with them warning them of any potential risks," she said.

"I want to assure residents this flood is not expected to reach the levels of the 1974 flood, but it is to be taken extremely seriously."

At the time of print, no evacuation centres had yet been opened.

However, residents could collect sandbags from both the Daisy Hill and Logan Village State Emergency Services (SES) depots.

"We do not want to release any locations at this stage until we can be sure they are accessible to residents," Cr Parker said.

"The last thing we want to do is put any of our residents in harm's way by sending them to an evacuation centre that could be isolated by flood waters."

The wild weather has already claimed the life of one man in Logan.

The 60-year-old motorcyclist was killed in the early hours of Monday morning after he was swept away by flood waters at the intersection of Goodna and Ison Rds at Greenbank about 12.10am.

Members of the public tried to save the man but were unable to reach him.

His body was later recovered in the Oxley Creek about 7am.

Topics:  flood 2013




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