Warning system from Moreton Bay Regional Council will help save lives after 2015 flood tragedy

A mobile phone alert system is giving residents vital time to prepare for a looming natural disaster.

The MoretonAlert system, which Moreton Bay Regional Council is urging people to subscribe to, sends local disaster alerts via text, voice message, email, web or social media.

The plea comes one year after a catastrophic storm that claimed the lives of three people and left a trail of devastation across the region.

Debris from the Caboolture River lodged in the guard rails just north of the river on Morayfield Rd, Caboolture, on May 2, 2015. Photo: Glenn Roberts

Local Disaster Management Group chairman councillor Peter Flannery (Div 2) said the council was working with police and the State Government to provide the real-time flood information to keep residents safe in future flood events.

“Council’s online road closure information also ­includes mapping features … and we advise the public of the latest road ­closures through council’s disaster management Facebook and Twitter pages,” Cr Flannery said.

He said 50 public river-height and rainfall gauges were installed across the region in the past 12 months.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Acting Inspector Tim Stitcher said the May 1 flash flooding was the worst he had seen in 10 years.

“The jobs were coming in thick and fast, we just moved from one rescue to another,” he said.

“The water was just so unpredictable and came up so fast. People were stranded everywhere, the roads were gridlocked, which also hampered our rescue efforts.”

Elimbah’s Tamra McDonald, 39, her father Tony, 74, and son Tyler, 5, died driving through floodwaters on Beerburrum Rd.

Emmett O’Brien, 49, was killed when his ute was swept off the same road, but two council workers were able to save his 16-year-old son Keegan and 21-year-old stepdaughter Tegan.

Robert Leong, 75, of ­Kallangur died when his car was swept off Morayfield Rd near Burpengary. His wife survived by clinging to a tree before being saved by a water rescue crew.

Insp Stitcher urged motorists to avoid driving on ­flooded roads.

“You can’t see what is underneath the surface (of the water) and even for us with training and equipment, it is still extremely dangerous to enter flood water,” he said.

Source: Quest News

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