Lockyer Valley gets back on track

POWER, water, phone, road access and welfare for residents are the five main issues the Local Disaster Management Group are working hard to rectify after the Lockyer Valley flood disaster.

Public health is also of highest importance and people who have been in contact with flood water need to wash their hands regularly and refer to Queensland Health for other measures.

Hand sanitizer and eucalyptus oil are also a good precaution in case of cuts and to prevent infection from diseases prevalent in water and mud.

Volunteers are asked to not simply turn up but to contact council to register their offers of assistance on 1300 005 872 and speak to the Community Services.

Community welfare is also of highest importance and Community Recovery Centres have been set up at the Gatton Shire Hall, Laidley Council Chambers Helidon Community Centre, Grantham State School and Murphy's Creek Tavern

Red Cross and Lifeline are now on the ground and are providing services to those affected.

There are also eight specialised counselling teams from the Department of Communities that have been deployed across the Lockyer Valley and Toowoomba.

People are asked to take donations to the Gatton Indoor Sports Centre.

Residents must be aware that some roads may be cut for many months due to severe damage to creek crossings and bridges.

Council is urging motorists to obey “road closed signs” and barricades as they are put there for your own safety.

Normal load limits now apply on the Warrego Highway and Energex, Telstra and Queensland Urban Utilities are working on getting their services back on track.

Important phone numbers

  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council 1300 005 872
  • State Emergency Service (SES) 132 500
  • Department of Communities 1800 173 349
  • Missing Persons Hotline 1300 993 191
  • Centrelink 180 22 66
  • Queensland Urban Utilities 13 23 64
  • Energex 13 19 62
  • Telstra 13 22 03
  • Optus 13 13 44

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