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Black hawks deployed to help Lockyer flood response

Floodwaters have inundated Grantham this morning.
Floodwaters have inundated Grantham this morning.

UPDATE 1PM: Two black hawk helicopters will fly to the Lockyer Valley to help with the flood response.

Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan tweeted the two helicopters would be deployed from the Royal Australian Air Force Base at Oakey to support emergency services in the Lockyer Valley.

It follows two Australian Defence Force helicopters being deployed to Bundaberg on Sunday.

UPDATE 10.30AM: More than 100 people remain in evacuation centres across the Lockyer Valley as flood waters continue to rise.

Most of those had self-evacuated from their homes in Laidley and Glenore Grove.

Queensland Urban Utilities are advising that there is a burst water main which is affecting Laidley township's water supply.

The main is currently under water and QUU are advising some parts of the town could be without water for many hours.

QUU further advise there is no contamination at this time and no need to boil water if it's available.

For further info contact QUU on 13 23 64.

A raging Lockyer Creek at Gatton.
A raging Lockyer Creek at Gatton.

UPDATE 7AM: Residents living near the Lockyer Creek are advised to evacuate immediately due to rapidly rising flood waters.

The Lockyer Creek at Glenore Grove has reached in excess of 14 metres and rising. That is a metre higher than in 2011.

Council is unable to predict when flood waters from Lockyer Creek will impact residents in the Somerset Region, but evacuations are advised because of rapidly rising floodwaters.

If residents living near the Lockyer Creek have not yet evacuated, they are urged to relocate now, if it is safe to do so.

A peak was expected about 7.10am today.

Please evacuate to higher ground.

Evacuate if safe to do so, for emergencies contact 000.

For non life threatening enquiries contact council on 54244000.

Evacuation centres have been activated at Lowood Showgrounds and Fernvale Hall. 

Kylie Jeffs Brister took this from Old Toowoomba RD Placid Hills, looking at Grantham at 3:12pm yesterday.
Kylie Jeffs Brister took this from Old Toowoomba RD Placid Hills, looking at Grantham at 3:12pm yesterday.

YESTERDAY 4PM: Residents in low-lying areas of Grantham and Laidley are being asked to evacuate.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council staff are at the Grantham State School ready to assist evacuees.

A council spokesperson said flooding being experience in Grantham now was moderate and not expected to cause the level of damage experienced during January 2011.

Meanwhile, with Laidley Ck expected to peak at 5.30pm, residents in low-lying areas are being asked to head to the evacuation centre at Laidley High School in Edward St.

"Areas in Laidley which were flooded in January 2011 can expect inundation this evening," a council spokesperson said.

"Please take some of your own bedding, medications and enough food for yourself and family to last the evening."

Lockyer Valley Disaster Coordination Centre up and running

YESTERDAY: The Lockyer Valley Regional Council Disaster Coordination Centre has been activated to monitor the current weather situation.

Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones said the centre was currently monitoring local creeks and issuing alerts through Facebook and on council's website.

"The Disaster Coordination Centre has been activated with key operational staff on hand to monitor the current weather pattern," he said.

"Information from the state of the art river and creek gauges installed over recent months is being fed into the centre providing accurate information on water levels while staff are also out in the field confirming local road closures.

"Residents should be aware that we are predicted to receive more heavy rain and the wind will intensify over the next few hours and in to this evening.

"For up to date information, residents are asked to monitor council's Facebook page which is available through our website at www.lockyervalley.com.au," Cr Jones said.

"Information is also being issued to local media, including ABC Radio and River 949 for anyone without access to the internet," he said.

 




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