Evacuation Centre opens at Ipswich Showgrounds

26 February 2022

An evacuation centre has opened at the Ipswich Showgrounds to assist residents who are at risk of flooding.

Local Disaster Management Group Chairperson Mayor Teresa Harding urged residents to act early.

“Rainfall is continuing to fall across Ipswich and we are starting to see higher levels of inundation to low lying areas,” Mayor Harding said.

“If there is a threat to your home, don’t wait to act the time to move is now, don’t wait until it’s dark and potentially more dangerous.

“Gather any essential items such as important documents, food and water and medications.

“The evacuation centre here at the Ipswich Showgrounds is a safe place for you and your family to gather.

“If you are unable to stay with family or friends, you are welcome here at the Ipswich Showgrounds.”

Over the past 24 hours, up to 300mm has fallen in the Bremer Catchment.

Local Disaster Management Group Deputy Chairperson Councillor Kate Kunzelmann said if it’s flooded forget it.

“We would like to encourage people to stay at home and off the roads unless absolutely necessary,” Cr Kunzelmann said.

“If you do need to move to the evacuation centre, do not attempt to drive through floodwaters.

“If it is unsafe to make your way to the showgrounds, seek higher ground, and if you feel that your life is threatened call triple zero (000).”

Local Disaster Management Group Deputy Chairperson Councillor Russell Milligan advised residents to continue to monitor council’s Disaster Dashboard.

“Council and emergency services are working to assist the community,” Cr Milligan said.

“Stay informed by listening to either ABC612 or River 949, check the Bureau of Meteorology Warnings website and find local flooding information on council’s Disaster Dashboard.”