THE DOUGLAS community has been praised for its swift preparation in response to the forecast impacts of Tropical Cyclone Kimi.
Originally predicted to cross the coast near Port Douglas, TC Kimi is currently located southeast of Cairns and is expected to make landfall between Innisfail and Lucinda later today/tomorrow.
The southern section of Douglas Shire is still in the warning zone and residents in that zone should still be prepared for gales, as per the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) advice, but the majority of the Shire is expected to be spared of any significant weather associated with TC Kimi.
The Douglas Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) is encouraging everyone to continue to be prepared and stay connected this cyclone season.
Douglas LDMG Chairman and Douglas Shire Mayor, Michael Kerr, said uncertainty around the cyclone was an important reminder for everyone.
“The past 24 hours has shown us severe weather can potentially strike anytime and conditions change very quickly – on this occasion we have been spared,” he said.
“While it appears the immediate threat of Tropical Cyclone Kimi to Douglas Shire has passed, it has been a strong reminder to everyone that these systems are unpredictable and staying connected at the Douglas Dashboard and remaining cyclone prepared is absolutely vital.
“It was great to see so many people in our community take swift action by filling up their sandbags, preparing their businesses and following the advice put out by authorities.”
“The LDMG and Council’s Incident Management Team were also well prepared and TC Kimi gave us another opportunity to test the processes we have in place.”
The Mossman Gorge Centre and Daintree Ferry are operating back to normal.
The Bloomfield Track and Shannonvale Causeway are now OPEN.
The below roads remain closed:
- CREB Track
Maintenance works is underway on the flood camera at Barratt’s Creek, south of Daintree Village, which is currently out of service.
Everyone is encouraged to stay connected at the Douglas Dashboard, and follow the Douglas Disaster Information Facebook page for any further updates.
Sand and Sandbags:
- The Mossman SES Shed, located behind the Council building on Front St.
- Next to the rugby field at the Port Douglas Sports Complex, off Wharf St.
- WATCH: How to sandbag video here: https://youtu.be/9ay-uzfYx8s