Floodwaters have immersed Emerald's town centre.
Floodwaters have immersed Emerald's town centre.

Flood information update

The following information is provided by the The Local Disaster Management Group:

Update from the LDMG January 5, 2011

POWER
• Ergon Energy will be working in Suncross Place and Little Farm Road to restore
power.
• Please continue to return Form A’s as they are completed.
• Energex staff are starting to return to Brisbane today.
• Staff will be working over the weekend.

BUILDING INSPECTIONS
• Council’s plumber, building inspector and other staff are undertaking door to door
inspections of flood affected houses and also providing additional useful
information.

RUBBISH
• Collection of flood damaged household goods still continuing.
• Normal household rubbish collection is still occurring. Please DO NOT put
rubbish from flood damage including sandbags in your normal rubbish bins.
• There will be no recycled rubbish collections this week. Priority for Councils and
contractors is getting rid of hard rubbish.
• JJ Richards will be doing a mass collection of rubbish today. Place your general
waste in any bin (red or yellow) and they will be collected.

ROADS
• Council are working today on providing access by grading Denison Rd, and
working in Donahue St and Amethyst Dr.
• There is severe damage to the eastern approach of the Comet River bridge.
Repairs to this area are Roadtek’s highest priority. However, the road is likely to
remain closed until tomorrow morning.

REGIONAL RESUPPLY
• Food resupply is occurring today for Duaringa, Dingo, Bluff and Bauhinia.
• Isolated properties north west of Duaringa will be supplied tomorrow.
• Fuel supplies are very low in Blackwater. Residents are advised to conserve their
own fuel use to essential use only until supplies can be replenished.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service
• The Rapid Assessment team will continue their work in Emerald today.

ACCOMMODATION
Town Hall 25
Ag College 46
Harvest Life 62
St Pat’s 33
• The St Pat’s and Harvest Life centres will close today, and people will be
relocated to the Town Hall or Ag College.

HEALTH
• Hospital is now back fully operational.
• There will be 2 doctors at the Gemfields today.

POLICE
• Police reported that law and order issues around Emerald have been very quiet,
and commended the community on their resilience and efforts.

WATER
• Water quality remains good in Emerald.
• The very high demand is causing the drops in water pressure being experienced.
This will ease as demand decreases.
• There is a leak in the main pipe providing supply to Bluff. This is being worked on
today. Bluff water quality is not affected.
• Electricians are working on sewerage issues in Rolleston today.

RECOVERY
• Dept of Communities will close the PCYC today at 3.00 pm and relocate to
McIndoe Park tomorrow. Other agencies colocated include Centrelink, DEEDI,
Insurance Council of Australia, and Lifeline.
• All cleaning products can be accessed at the CHRC Flood Recovery Centre on
the corner of the Gregory Highway and Campbellford Drive. (‘the big blue
building’). More disinfectant is available, and further supplies of lime have also
come in.
• Donated goods of electrical equipment, furniture and household goods can be
dropped to the Car Club shed located at the showgrounds. NO CLOTHING is
needed.

The State Member for Gregory, Vaughan Johnson attended the meeting. He thanked
acknowledged the work put in by the Mayor and Council, and all emergency agencies
involved with the LDMG. He also thanked the ABC for keeping the community, the state
and nation informed of the disasters occurring in Queensland.

The Mayor asked that all agencies pass on his personal thanks to every one involved for
their efforts.

The LDMG will now stand down as the CHRC Recovery Group is activated.


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