Paul Antonio
Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio

May 12, 2022

Toowoomba Regional Council’s Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) moved to “lean forward” status on Thursday morning as persistent rain continued to cause localised flooding.

A Council spokesperson said Cressbrook and Perseverance dams were spilling and Council crews were undertaking 24-hour on-site monitoring of the situation as the rain continued.

Mayor Paul Antonio said the LGMG moving to “lean forward” meant resources and personnel were on standby to be mobilised should the situation worsen.

“The LDMG is co-ordinating with relevant emergency services and will monitor advice and information from the Bureau of Meteorology,” Mayor Antonio said.

“If residents were impacted during the February/March rain event they should make preparations now for this predicted event.

“Due to the large amount of rainfall we’ve had this year already, our ground remains saturated which means any extra rainfall will now build up, rather than soaking into the ground.

“During the February/March rain event we tragically lost two lives in the Toowoomba region with people driving through flooded water.

“We don’t want to see a repeat of this should the predicted wet weather flood roads again so we ask motorists to please drive carefully.

“It’s impossible for Council to sign every defect and danger on the roads so be alert and drive to the conditions.

“I cannot stress this highly enough – if it’s flooded, forget it.

“As we continue to monitor the situation, I would simply ask residents to be alert and not alarmed.

“Property owners who need assistance are advised to contact the State Emergency Service on 13-25-00.

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