The Balonne River in St George is expected to peak in the next few days. Low lying areas of the town may flood, and residents are being advised to prepare for evacuation. Photo: Tim Marsden.
The Balonne River in St George is expected to peak in the next few days. Low lying areas of the town may flood, and residents are being advised to prepare for evacuation. Photo: Tim Marsden.

PREPARE TO EVACUATE: St George flood warning upgraded

RESIDENTS in the lower areas of St George are advised to prepare to evacuate as Balonne River levels are expected to reach up to 12.5m.

The Balonne Shire Local Disaster Management Group today met and were advised by SunWater and the Bureau of Meteorology of the revised heights.

LDMG Chair and Mayor Richard Marsh said the revised flood height for St George is estimated to be between 12m and 12.5m.

"Today's advice from SunWater and the BOM indicates the Balonne River will peak in St George between 12m and 12.5m at some time overnight on Wednesday, February 26," he said.

"Due to the revised higher levels, Ergon is expected to disconnect customers along Albert Street once the river reaches 12m.

"Under this advice the flood level will well exceed the Andrew Nixon bridge decking height of 11m across the Jack Taylor Weir on the Balonne Highway.

"The Balonne Highway will be closed until water recedes to a safe level."

Cr Marsh said rural properties might be isolated as a result of the rising flood waters.

"Residents are advised to ensure adequate supplies and medical needs are sourced immediately.

Residents are advised to check their property's flood height and organise alternate accommodation should evacuation be necessary," he said.

"It is anticipated St George properties in the lower areas outside the levee will experience flooding.

"We advise all residents to please stay safe and stay away from flood waters. Remember if it's flooded, forget it."

Cr Marsh said emergency preparations were under way in Bollon which was expected to be impacted by floodwaters on Tuesday evening.

"Dirranbandi residents are advised that floodwaters would reach them at the weekend."

For more information, visit www.bom.gov.au; and/or www.sunwater.com.au.

For flood assistance contact the State Emergency Service on 132 500, and for local road closures visit https://qldtraffic.qld.gov.au/ or phone 13 19 40.

For life-threatening emergencies, call triple-0.


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