NQ residents warned risk isn’t over: RACQ

As the region continued to endure the worst floods in 100 years, RACQ has warned residents in north Queensland the risk wasn’t over yet, with more wild weather forecast today.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross urged motorists to avoid travel with a major flood warning still in place and the Ross River Dam expected to peak at 11am.

“It’s vital people heed the warnings of emergency services and stay off the roads,” Ms Ross said.

“There are currently 130 roads closed due to flooding, including major links like the Bruce Highway and the Flinders Highway. These road conditions are changing quickly so even if you can, there’s no point getting in the car and risking your life or the lives of emergency services who may need to rescue you.

“Remember, if it’s flooded, forget it. You never know what’s lurking underneath floodwaters.”

Ms Ross said the Club had so far received 232 insurance claims for loss and damage to vehicles and property.

“We’ve seen claim numbers rise steadily and expect to hear more from our affected members in the coming days,” she said.

“The priority is to look after yourself and family members. If you’re safe and able to access phone or internet you can start your claim process online or by calling 13 72 02 as soon as possible.

“We also want to reassure our members that if you have RACQ Home and Contents insurance, you’re covered for floods and storm run-off.”

Ms Ross said RACQ’s Roadside Assistance was available but was limited to emergency jobs to keep people safe.

“We currently have skeleton staff who are all dealing with the same difficult conditions, so please if it is something that can wait until another day, please put it off.”