SES co-ordinator Arie van den Ende helping with the NQ flood response.
SES co-ordinator Arie van den Ende helping with the NQ flood response. Sarah Harvey

SES standing by to help Far North

IPSWICH’S State Emergency Services volunteers are on standby to fly north to help deal with the expected aftermath of Cyclone Yasi.

Ipswich SES area controller Arie van den Ende yesterday took part in a teleconference with his fellow controllers and directors.

“If it hits in the next couple of days we’ll send a task force as long as they’re not needed here,” Mr van den Ende said.

“We’ve got to see whether this thing is slipping down here.”

Weather Channel meteorologist Alex Zadnik said Yasi would not have a direct effect on Ipswich, but winds would push showers over the region.

“In terms of severe weather, Ipswich will escape the worst of it,” Mr Zadnik said

Mr Zadnik said after crossing the North Queensland coast, Yasi was likely to move west towards the Northern Territory before heading south.

Despite the prediction, he said forecasters would keep a constant watch on the cyclone in case it deviated from predicted modelling.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is forecasting occasional showers today and tomorrow with the possibility of more showers until next Tuesday at least.

Wivenhoe Dam operators Seqwater said its advice from the BOM was Cyclone Yasi was not expected to bring heavy rain to the south-east at this stage.

A spokesman said Seqwater was undertaking “robust modelling” of potential flood mitigation contingency options ahead of any future major rainfall events.

One option is the possibility of the Wivenhoe Dam release water below its current 100 per cent drinking water capacity.

“The contingency options are being subjected to complex modelling and include release flow rates and release timing as well as starting flood event releases at a lower level than full supply,” he said in a statement.

Modelling information will be given to the State Government this week before any decisions regarding releases at the dam are made.



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