Staying storm safe on the Downs
ALTHOUGH the worst of the wild weather this week has passed, the State Emergency Service is asking Southern Downs residents to be vigilant as the storm season continues.
The warnings come after two men were injured after nearly being struck by lightning in Stanthorpe on Thursday.
State Emergency Service South Western Regional Manager Robert Bundy said residents should consider what they would do before, during and after a severe weather event.
"It's important to prepare your home now, as we enter into the season, by clearing overhanging branches, securing loose objects outside and cleaning gutters," he said.
"As we enter into storm season, it's a good idea to keep an eye on severe weather warnings that will be issued by the Bureau of Meteorology before a storm impacts.
"If a severe weather warning is issued, residents should unplug electrical equipment, close windows and doors and have their emergency kit at the ready."
Motorists are advised to contact their local council to find out if roads are likely to flood in a heavy downpour and are told to remember that if it's flooded - forget it.
"If you are in a flood prone area, you should have an emergency plan detailing what you will do and where you will go in the event of severe weather and rising waters," Mr Bundy said.
"Residents might also consider placing sandbags over indoor drains to prevent backflow and planning which indoor items you may raise if your home is threatened by rising water."
Ergon Energy is also advising residents to be way of fallen powerlines, especially when clearing storm debris.
"The most important rule with power lines that may have come down during a storm is to assume they are live, to keep others clear and to call 000 to report a life-threatening situation," an Ergon Energy spokesman said.
"When customers lose power, the number to call is 13 22 96 - we are usually aware of outages affecting large numbers of customers due to a fault on the high-voltage network, but welcome any information that can assist crews to locate the fault more quickly."
Residents are reminded to call the SES for assistance on 132 500 or 000 in an emergency.