Locals at Shorncliffe Pier near Brisbane check out the storm surge during the cyclonic conditions affecting the coast of Queensland and northern New South Wales on Sunday. Photo: Michelle Smith
A team of mapping specialists from the ACT have been sent north to assist Red Cross Queensland with their efforts to provide support and to flood affected area in the state.
One man is dead and three people are feared drowned in Queensland’s unfolding weather crisis, as Brisbane and Ipswich residents brace for flooding for the second time in as many years.
A three person team of volunteers from ACT Emergency Services Agency MAPS headed to Queensland on Sunday night, following a call for assistance from Red Cross Queensland.
Chief Officer of the ACT Rural Fire Service Andrew Stark has also been sent to Queensland to render assistance.
ACT Emergency Services commissioner Dominic Lane said in situations like those found in Queensland mapping specialists would usually help by mapping where residents were affected by flooding, working out where roads were closed and surveying and plotting damage.
''They're a very dedicated team, and they're very experienced and they're able to provide a lot of support to the Queensland community,'' he said.
The mapping team will spend five days volunteering, working out of the state command centre in Brisbane.
It follows extensive support offered by the ESA to Queensland, during the floods and Cyclone Yasi in 2010.
In 2010, floods swept across the south east of the state killing 35 people and leaving a $6 billion reconstruction task.