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    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    QFES prepares along a wide stretch of Queensland Coast ahead of forecast heavy rain

    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    Saturday, March 31, 2018

    QFES prepares along a wide stretch of Queensland Coast ahead of forecast heavy rain

    Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) personnel are preparing along a wide stretch of the Queensland Coast ahead of the possible impact of ex-Tropical Cyclone Iris, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said today (Saturday).

    Mr Crawford said the weather system is continuing to track towards Queensland, and according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) could bring heavy rainfall from late tomorrow.

    “There is still some uncertainty around where the system will impact, so we are preparing from areas around Cairns in the north, right down to around Burnett Heads near Bundaberg,” Mr Crawford said.

    “If you’re in the flood watch area between Cairns and Burnett Heads, please monitor weather updates issued by the Bureau of Meteorology as the system moves closer to the coast.

    “In anticipation of very heavy rain in some areas, additional swift-water rescue technicians have been pre-deployed to north Queensland, and will be positioned strategically throughout the flood watch area to support local crews.”

    Mr Crawford said SES volunteers had received 14 tasks since midnight Friday, with calls primarily relating to sandbagging – mainly in the Mareeba area

    “The Easter long weekend often brings families together, and gives people a little extra time that they wouldn’t usually have. Enjoy this time, but please also use the opportunity to prepare your family and home for the forecast heavy rain,” Mr Crawford said.

    “Talk to your family about what you would do in a severe weather event. Know your local emergency contacts and check with your local council about your individual flood risk. Have your emergency kit stocked and ready in case you need it.

    “Set aside just a few hours over the next few days to prepare your home by cleaning out gutters, trimming overhanging tree branches, and cleaning up any loose objects around your yard. These simple actions can make a big difference if severe weather hits your area.

    “I’m also reminding people to heed the message – If It’s Flooded, Forget It. Stay well away from flooded roads and waterways.”

    The SES can be contacted on 132 500 but if it is a life-threatening emergency call Triple Zero (000).

    Queenslanders looking for tips on how to prepare for a severe weather event or for more details on emergency kits should visit getready.qld.gov.au.

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