Posted On 11 Apr 2014
- The Port Douglas Storm Tide Cyclone Centre will be open from 2pm today. The Port Douglas Storm Tide Cyclone Shelter located at the Port Douglas State School in Endeavour St should only be utilised as a last resort when there is an imminent threat of storm tide inundation as a result of Cyclone Ita. Anyone at risk of storm tide surge should first seek shelter with friends or family or utilise tourist accommodation not in the storm tide surge zone. Anyone who requires emergency shelter at the centre as a result of being in the storm tide surge zone needs to bring their own water, toilet paper and ready-prepared food. People using the shelter will be provided with a chair and will have very limited space. No pets are allowed and there are no cooking facilities. The Port Douglas Storm Tide Cyclone Shelter is not a place of refuge for people at risk of cyclonic winds. Once the authorities close the doors of the Port Douglas Storm Tide Cyclone Shelter, no one will be allowed to enter or leave until police give the authority to do so.
- Storm tide surge maps of the local area are available on Council’s website https://douglas.qld.gov.au/evacuation-routes-and-maps/ or Facebook page. Anyone in the red or orange zone of the storm tide surge maps should make arrangements to seek refuge out of the potential storm surge zone.
- Sand and sandbags (limited number) are available at the SES Shed behind Council’s Administration Building in Mossman’s Front St, the Port Douglas Community Centre in Mowbray St and the SES Shed in Oleander St, Wonga Beach.
- The Douglas Local Disaster Management Group will establish at Local Disaster Coordination Centre at Douglas Shire Council’s Administration Building in Mossman as soon as it is safe to do so. The Douglas LDMG – made up of representatives from Douglas Shire Council, Queensland Police, the State Emergency Service, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service, the Queensland Ambulance Service, Emergency Management Queensland, the Coastguard and Tourism Port Douglas Daintree – will meet again this afternoon to finalise preparations for the establishment of the Local Disaster Coordination Centre. All of the agencies involved in the Douglas LDMG will use the coordination centre to manage their response to Cyclone Ita. The number for the Local Disaster Coordination Centre is 4098 2599. People should only call the Local Disaster Coordination Centre if they are reporting a problem. Regular updates will be posted to Council’s Facebook page and website www.douglas.qld.gov.au when the Local Disaster Coordination Centre is activated.
- Widespread flooding is expected across the Douglas Shire with up to 600mm of rain predicted to fall in the next 48 hours.
- Douglas Shire Council will activate crews based in Port Douglas, Mossman and the Daintree to clear roads of vegetation with chainsaws and backhoe equipment as soon as it is safe to do so.
- An ambulance crew, a police crew and the medical clinic will be based at the Cow Bay Hotel before and after the cyclone.
- The Daintree Ferry will be operating as usual until further notice. For an update on the ferry you can call Council on 4099 9444.
- Up to 600mm of rain is expected across the Douglas Shire in the next 48 hours. Remember, if it’s flooded, forget it.
|Life Threatening Emergency||000|
|SES Flood & Storm Assistance||13 25 00|
|Power Lines Down||13 16 70|
|Local Disaster Coordination Centre (post cyclone crossing)||4098 2599|
|Power Failures||13 22 96|
|Main Road Closures||13 19 40|