Severe Weather Update 27 December

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Severe Weather Event – 10am, 27 December

Further storm activity continued to impact the Gold Coast Tuesday night but there were no reports of significant damage. Possible storms later this afternoon, with a heatwave expected across the City from Thursday onwards.

Clean up activities are well underway with City crews continuing to move around the City removing debris and clearing roadways. We are asking the community to be patient.

SES volunteers continue to attend to hundreds of jobs that are still outstanding, and we thank them for their efforts. Use the app to report jobs to them. Energex has indicated there are about 62,000 homes still without power and will have more crews around the city today, to help get the power up and running.

Pimpama Community Centre at the Pimpama Sports Hub (Rifle Road, Pimpama) will be open from 9am today for residents wanting some relief from the power outages. It’s an airconditioned space and there will be some light refreshments also available. Bring your charger! This is not an evacuation centre and people are urged to take care and only drive if the conditions are safe.

Our libraries will also reopen today, with the exception of Runaway Bay Library which remains closed due to power outage.

Most aquatic centres are open, with some exceptions:

  • Helensvale Aquatic Centre (closed)
  • Nerang Aquatic Centre (closed)
  • Palm Beach Aquatic Centre (closed)
  • Miami Aquatic Learn to Swim pool section (closed)

All Waste & Recycling Centres except Helensvale – which is closed until further notice – are open and are accepting perishable items along with residential debris from the storm. Household rubbish like spoiled food can go in your general waste bin.

Residents and visitors are advised that a lot of trees are down across South Stradbroke Island. Please stay safe and move about with caution, if you are required to leave your shelter.

There is a strong link between rainfall events and the health of our waterways with rainfall collecting pollutants from the streets, before travelling into creeks, rivers and oceans via the stormwater system.

Avoid swimming over the next few days especially in rivers and lakes and if the water looks at all discoloured, or smells bad – don’t swim.

Please continue to be patient while Energex works to restore power and try to stay cool.

Take preventative measures to avoid mosquito bites and breeding. Use repellent, empty containers containing water around your home and wear long sleeves.

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