North Queensland urged to get ready for drenching

RACQ has urged north Queensland residents to prepare themselves for more wild weather, with some regions to be hit with up to 300 millimetres (mm) of rain and damaging winds.

The Courier Mail reported ex-Tropical Cyclone Imogen continued to wreak havoc with Normanton Airport in the Gulf recording 262.6mm of rain on Monday and Sweers Island receiving 223mm. 

RACQ spokesperson Kirsty Clinton said with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting more intense rainfall and flash flooding for areas including Townsville, Ingham, Ayr, Atherton and Charters Towers, north Queenslanders needed to prepare their homes and families and have an emergency kit ready.

“If you have any loose outdoor items, like furniture or trampolines, secure them now and move your vehicle away from trees and undercover,” Ms Clinton said.

“Remember, listen to emergency services and keep across warnings and updates. You should have an emergency kit with essential food, water and medical supplies already prepared, if you don’t have one ready, now is the time to do so. 

“You also need an emergency plan, and most importantly, make sure all your family are across their responsibilities. Be specific - who will pick up the kids, the pets and your emergency kit? Think about where you will stay if you need to evacuate and have a backup option in case your first plan isn’t possible.” 

Ms Clinton said motorists across Queensland should also brace for wet conditions, with 89 roads closed due to flooding across the State. 

“We're reminding motorists to drive to conditions this week if they find themselves stuck in the wet weather,” she said. 

“Switch your headlights on, slow down and leave more space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front to avoid a collision, as the roads become more slippery when wet.

“Check RACQ Road Conditions before you set off so you can plan a route and avoid any flooded roads. Remember, there’s never a safe time to drive through flood water so if you come across any turn around and go back.”