25 February, 2022
Somerset libraries a 'place of refuge'
Travellers and residents caught by rising floodwaters in Somerset have been given the option of using council libraries as 'places of refuge' during the current flood event.
In a social media post, the council's Local Disaster Management Group confirmed the libraries at Esk, Toogoolawah, Lowood and Kilcoy would remain open.
They are being offered as a 'place to rest and some refreshments', however a decision on other facilities is currently being assessed.
The council's preferred option at this time is for those seeking overnight shelter to stay with family or friends, or, if possible, stay in commercial accommodation.
In the meantime, Graeme Lehmann, Somerset Regional Council Mayor, has renewed his call for residents to not drive through flooded roads.
"It is not worth it, we have seen many roads where the surface is completely washed away, leaving huge holes, it is too dangerous," Cr Lehmann said.
"If it is flooded, forget it."