Flood exercise to last three days

EMERGENCY personnel from Warwick and across the Darling Downs and South-West will head to Toowoomba today for a training exercise simulating a major flood.

Exercise Orko will be staged between today and Thursday and will also involve staff from regional councils and from state and other agencies.

An Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) spokesman said Orko would simulate the effects of a “hypothetical severe flood event” across the Toowoomba, Lockyer Valley, Western Downs, Southern Downs and Goondiwindi council areas.

Authorities including EMQ, Red Cross, Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland Police Service, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and the Queensland Ambulance Service will take part in the exercise.

The hosting of the exercise comes as predictions of a wetter-than-average summer continue, with floods on the cards for south-east and southern Queensland.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast fine conditions for today with early fog areas and light to moderate south-westerly winds. Tomorrow should be fine, with isolated showers and storms tipped for the Downs and Granite Belt on Thursday.



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