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Central Highlands prep for #CHMarcia

EASTERN parts of the Central Highlands Regional Council area could be inundated by heavy rainfall as Cyclone Marcia collapses inland as a category 2 storm.

The CHRC Local Disaster Management Group met this morning and deputy mayor Gail Nixon said residents of Duaringa, Dingo, Bluff and Blackwater could experience very strong winds during the afternoon and into the evening.

The Bureau of Meteorology is providing hourly updates on the progress of TC Marcia to the LDMG.

"While the threat in our region has eased there is still potential for very heavy rainfall, particularly in eastern parts," Cr Nixon said.

"Impact in the eastern parts of the Central Highlands (east of Duaringa) is expected at around 6pm.

"This may include Category 2 cyclone wind gradings and significant rainfall.

"We do not expect any disruption to essential supplies."

Cr Nixon urged residents to ensure any loose items around properties were secured, and to stay indoors.

The LDMG has been stood up.

The SES is on standby and ready to respond. Please call 13 2500 if you require assistance as a result of flooding or wind damage.

Remember in an emergency to contact 000.

The Disaster Coordination Centre in Emerald is now open. The number is 1300 242 686.

The LDMG will meet again at 2 pm to further assess the situation.

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Isaac Local Disaster Management Group (ILDMG) Chair and Mayor Anne Baker praised coastal communities, Police, SES and Council Officers who worked through the night to prepare for Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Marcia. 

"Isaac coastal residents who self-evacuated can now make their way safely back to their homes."

"Isaac LDMG is standing down and seven Isaac SES members, two vehicles and storm damage equipment have been volunteered to deploy and assist the Capricorn coast."
 

"A flood watch is still current for the coast and a high tide of 6.9m predicted at Clairview at 12.13pm today."

People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to follow instructions regarding evacuation of the area if advised to do so by the authorities.

"As part of our preparations two emergency SES and voice alerts were issued to residents, and SES, Council and Police Officers door-knocked residents through the night."

"Three SES crews were ready to respond to calls for assistance, a fourth unit was on standby and 3700 sandbags were ready to deploy.

"Our thoughts are currently with those on the Capricorn coast and further inland in the path of Tropical Cyclone Marcia."


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