Paradise Dam holds strong despite the water spilling over it, and rumours to the contrary.
Paradise Dam holds strong despite the water spilling over it, and rumours to the contrary. Max Fleet

False rumours lead to panic

BUNDABERG Regional Council mayor Lorraine Pyefinch has slammed false rumours being circulated around Bundaberg creating hysteria in the city.

Panic buying of fuel and groceries and claims of dams breaking and a huge wall of water hurtling towards town have spread like wildfire.

“It is unfortunate that messages are being spread irresponsibly throughout the community,” she told the NewsMail.

“There is no wall of water hurtling towards us, the integrity of the dam walls are sound and the Kennedy Bridge is not closed.”

The mayor said the council was monitoring the roads carefully.

“Kendalls Flat is awash with water and traffic may have to be diverted,” she said.

Deputy chair of the Local Disaster Management Group David Batt said social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter were contributing to the spread of false information.

“They (social media sites) have their place but if it’s wrong information it spreads like wildfire and creates panic in the community,” he said.

Mr Batt said people shouldn’t rely on unofficial sites to obtain important information.

“The best thing to do is read the Bureau of Meteorology website,” he said.

Cr Pyefinch and Mr Batt have both condemned panic buying in the community.

The mayor said there was absolutely no reason to buy more than usual and that locals could expect the re-supply of supermarkets from today.

“I urge people not to over buy,” she said. “For goodness sake – it’s only three days.”

Mr Batt said the apparent fuel shortage was also a myth and people were fuelling up for “no special reason”.

“If people weren’t panic buying, everyone would be able to get their share,” he said.

Cr Pyefinch expects the Bruce Highway to open by the weekend.



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