Well, that escalated quickly. As thousands of Brisbanites wake up and realise that yesterday’s super storm wasn’t just a bad dream, here’s what you need to know.
The QLD Government estimates the damage bill is likely to exceed $100 million, according to transport minister Scott Emerson. “This is probably the worst storm Brisbane has seen in almost 30 years,” he said.
More than 70,000 South East Queensland homes remain without power. Some residents in Brisbane’s west and south-west will not have power restored until Friday night at the earliest, according to an Energex statement.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency service has received more than 1030 calls for help, mostly in Moorooka and Annerley. 230 SES volunteers and 280 firefighters, police and soliders are on the job and will get to you as soon as they can.
The following schools will be closed today:
- Brisbane State High School
- Moorooka State School
- Queensland Academy for Creative Industries
- Yeronga State High School
- Yeronga State School
- Windsor State School
- All Hallows’ School
- Somerville House
- Brisbane Grammar School
- Brisbane Girls Grammar
- St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace
- St Joseph’s Primary School, Kangaroo Point
- St Laurence’s College, South Brisbane
- Our Lady’s College, Annerley (Year 10 and 11 excursion will go ahead)
- Mary Immaculate Primary School, Annerley
- St Sebastian’s Primary School, Yeronga
- St Brendan’s Primary School, Moorooka
- Western Suburbs State Special School
- Glenala State High School
- Corinda State High School
King George Square bus station remains partly closed. If you need to go that way, head to the Roma Street or Cultural Centre busway stations. Platform 2A is open for drop-off only; Platform 2F is open for departures only. Access to lifts and escalators is limited.
Ipswich, Rosewood and Springfield line trains are running at reduced capacity. Expect delays of up to 10 minutes. All other train lines have resumed normal operations.
The Guyatt Park ferry terminal has been closed for repairs.
Brisbane City Council is offering free green waste disposal on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Kerbside clean-up of storm damaged items, debris and waste will take place in 50 suburbs; items must be placed on the kerb by Sunday evening.
If you can’t wait until Monday for kerbside clean-up, Council’s transfer stations are in operation 24 hours and are located at:
- 1560 Nudgee Rd, Nudgee
- 360 Sherbrooke Rd, Wilawong
- 101 Upper Kedron Rd, Ferny Grove
- 728 Tilley Rd, Chandler (opposite Sleeman Sports Complex)
These are the essential numbers to call:
- SES: 13 25 00
- Energex: 13 19 62
- Queensland Urban Utilities (sewage): 13 23 64
- Brisbane City Council (for wet-weather-related issues outside your property): 3403 8888
- RSPCA (for lost pets): 1300 363 736
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