Pound Street, Kingaroy, on Friday morning … “Road Closed” signs are popping up across the South Burnett region so motorists have been advised to stay off the roads, if possible

July 22, 2022

The South Burnett Local Disaster Management Group moved its readiness status to “Stand Up” on Friday morning in response to locally heavy rainfall over the past 24 hours.

Falls between 50mm and 110mm have been reported in and around Nanango and Kingaroy, and north-west through to Proston.

Queensland Police Service and Queensland Fire and Rescue responded to a number of swift water incidents and currently the Twin Gums Caravan Park has been successfully evacuated.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast further rain of 20mm to 40mm over the next three to six hours which will likely lead to further road closures and road damage.

A South Burnett Regional Council spokesperson said council crews were currently working on the network.

The community has been asked to be patient with road repairs and re-openings over the coming days. Some areas of the network are likely to be re-damaged given this is now the region’s fifth weather event in the past eight months.

“Should you be required to evacuate, we recommend, in the first instance, you attend to family or friends,” the spokesperson said.

“If you are unable to evacuate to family or friends, Council has opened an evacuation centre at Nanango Cultural Centre should you need a safe place.

“Please ensure if you do evacuate to a safer location, you keep your families notified.”

South Burnett residents are advised:

  • In a life-threatening emergency, call Triple Zero (000)
  • For sandbagging / leaking roofs / roof damage, download the “SES Assistance QLD” app available on Android and Apple devices if phone lines are busy, or call 13-25-00.
  • For impacts to roads (eg. flooded, damaged), please continue to call Council on (07) 4189-9100.

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