Cairns Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) reminds motorists to avoid driving in floodwaters and advises people to stay clear of stormwater drains and waterways, as heavy rain continues to affect the region.
Significant rainfall has produced water over roads, fast-flowing creeks and drains and localised flooding.
Moderate flooding is being experienced in some parts of the Mulgrave and Russell River catchments, while a Minor Flood Warning is current for the Barron River.
Major flood levels are being reached in areas south of the Cairns region and are impacting on road travel.
“We are asking people to use caution and common sense when it comes to floodwaters,” LDMG Chair Cr Terry James said. “When a road is flooded, you can’t see what is going on under the water. The road may be damaged or the water could be deeper than you think.
“It is all too easy to get washed away on a flooded road – in a car or on foot. Your safest option is not to enter floodwaters at all. If it’s flooded, forget it.”
Cr James said swimming holes that are usually quite safe can also become dangerous during and following heavy rain.
“Even after the rain stops, water may be flowing into the swimming hole at a much greater rate than normal and this can result in swimmers being washed downstream or becoming stranded,” he said.
To stay up to date with current flood warnings, road conditions, power outages and other related information, visit the Cairns Disaster Dashboard at www.disaster.cairns.qld.gov.au. Follow Cairns Disaster Coordination Centre on Facebook and Twitter (@CairnsDCC) for further updates and local advice.
To report damage to Council roads or other infrastructure, visit www.cairns.qld.gov.au or phone Council’s customer service team on 4044 3044.