Wet weather safety vital

WITH heavy rain and wild weather expected to continue this week, residents are being reminded to be prepared and stay safe.

Local Disaster Management Group deputy chairman, Councillor Trevor Nardi said everyone needed to be extra vigilant to avoid putting their families at risk.

“Everyone needs to take steps to be prepared, whether you are staying home with loved ones or going away,” he said.

“People planning to travel interstate or visit family are urged to consider their travel plans, pack an emergency kit, ensure their homes are secure and stay up to date with road and river conditions.

“Emergency services personnel will be working tirelessly, so I urge everyone to help them by taking responsibility for their friends and families.”

Cr Nardi said rivers and creeks could rise quickly in heavy rain and asked people not to drive through floodwaters.

“You don’t know the condition of the road under all that water plus there is the added danger from floating storm debris or the car being washed away by a fast current,” he said.

Stay up to date with weather and road conditions by visiting the following websites:

 Ipswich City Council – www.ipswich.qld.gov.au

 RACQ – www.racq.com.au

 Bureau of Meteorology – www.bom.gov.au

 State Emergency Service – www.emergency.qld.gov.au/ses/

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