Disaster group prepare for rain
IPSWICH’S Local Disaster Management Group has stepped up its alert readiness in expectation of heavy rain in the next few days.
LDMG deputy chairman Trevor Nardi said the Bureau of Meteorology had told the group to expect 100mm over Ipswich tomorrow and further falls of 50mm on Monday and Tuesday.
“Given the current saturation of the catchments this level of rainfall will see a high likelihood of increased occurrence of flooding,” Cr Nardi said.
Given the forecast rainfall, he requested the LDMG level of activation be moved from “alert” to “lean forward”.
“As such, member agencies are requested to review their level of readiness, including resourcing levels and availability,” he said.
LDMG members were notified they should be prepared to attend a meeting tomorrow or Monday, depending on how the weather system developed.
He said while the Ipswich area was spared heavy falls on Thursday night some creeks could flood.
“While we have seen most of the stream activity expected and have started to see levels fall in the upper reaches, with peaks nearly reached at the Three Mile and One Mile bridges below minor flood levels we may see some small rises as run-off enters,” he said.