Redlands residents are urged to get wet weather ready with the possibility of heavy rain and strong winds over the coming days.

Member for Redlands, Matt McEachan MP said that Redlands residents of the Islands and in Coastal areas should be prepared for the possible severe weather event.

Rainfall of up to 200mm in some areas across South-East Queensland are predicted and may also be accompanied by high winds.

“I want to encourage all residents and particularly those in the more isolated Islands to be prepared and stock up with all necessities.

“Island residents should also consider having plans in place in case of disruptions to local transport including the ferries,” Mr McEachan said.

The Bureau of Meteorology is also forecasting possible flooding to low-lying areas, strong currents and dangerous surf. Residents in coastal areas should be aware of possible high tides and storm surges.

“I’ll be getting ready in my house by securing loose objects and cleaning the gutters ahead oftomorrow’s heavy rain.” Mr McEachan said.

Residents can keep up to date on the weather event by listening in to local radio, through the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au and on Redland City Council’s dedicated disaster plan website www.redlanddisasterplan.com.au.

In case of storm damage or for emergency assistance residents can contact the SES on 13 25 00. For life-threatening situations, residents should always contact 000.

[ENDS] 18 February 2015.