Lockyer and Somerset councils react to cyclone impact
Local councils are scrambling into action as the Bureau of Meteorology now predicts Tropical Cyclone Marcia will be a category five when it hits landfall near St Lawrence north of Rockhampton tomorrow morning.
A trough now extends from the Wide Bay to the NSW border and heavy rain and locally damaging wind gusts are possible from the coast to the ranges between Double Island Point and Brisbane, extending to the NSW border and the eastern Darling Downs and southern Burnett later tonight and Friday.
The heavy rain may lead to flash flooding, with some 24 hour totals possibly in excess of 300mm.
Damaging wind gusts may reach around 90 km/hr, mostly near the coast and ranges.
A flood watch remains current for the many areas including the south-east coast and the Darling Downs forecast districts.
Lockyer Valley has closed its depots for the night but will re-open at 7am tomorrow and will stay open until 6pm.
The depots are at Laidley-Rosewood Rd, Laidley and Brooking Drive Gatton and council's sandbagging machines will be in operation with SES on hand to supervise and assist.
Council says it had an extensive network of rainfall monitoring and creek height measurements.
"We even have cameras that give us an instant visual on the situation with the Laidley Creek at Mulgowie, Sandy Creek at Woodlands Rd and the upper Lockyer Creek at Spring Bluff," the Council said on its Facebook page.
Somerset Regional Council has also activated its Local Disaster Management Group.
Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said it was important for residents to be prepared and not panic.
"It's particularly important for residents who live in areas that are susceptible to localised flooding to ensure they take necessary precautions to ensure they are prepared and aware of where to get up to date information," Cr Lehmann said.
Somerset Regional Council is encouraging residents to subscribe via EWN to receive free alerts via text messages on mobile devices, landline phones and emails about potentially dangerous weather systems.