As forecasts of another rainy season draw near, Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) Mayor Paul Antonio is encouraging residents and property owners to “prepare” for any potential natural disasters.
“With above average rainfall predicted for the coming months, we urge residents and property owners to prepare themselves and their properties early this year,” Mayor Antonio said.
“Our dams are already close to capacity and with soil saturation levels so high across the region, the risk is much greater this year.
“With flooding being a real risk again this summer, it’s essential to make sure you have what you need, such as sandbags and supplies, on hand, especially in the event of flooding causing the isolation from cities and/or if you have already been affected.
“It’s important to understand your unique risks based on where you are, develop an emergency plan for yourself and your pets, and pack an emergency kit that can last you at least three days. .”
The floods have had a significant impact on the region, with the Council having completed emergency road works in over 7,600 locations since November 2021.
TRC infrastructure committee chair Cr Carol Taylor said the council continued to prioritize its flood recovery efforts, with a program of road salvage works from the February event and May 2022 alone which is expected to be well over $100 million.
“It’s great to have the support of our community to understand the extent of the damage across the whole Council area,” said Cr Taylor.
“It has been a daunting task after several events for our dedicated teams to complete the work they have to date. They still have a lot to do, especially if our roads are hit again by more rain, or if our teams have to divert their attention from permanent reconstruction to emergency repairs due to another flood.
“Please remember, if it’s flooded, forget it.”
During a disaster, it is important for your safety and the safety of others to stay up to date by visiting the Toowoomba Region Disaster Dashboard at Disaster.tr.qld.gov.au.