Motorists urged to stay safe as far north cops deluge

Residents across Queensland’s far north are on high alert, with a major rain event that dumped up to 220mm of rain in just six hours overnight, showing no signs of easing.

RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie said the Cassowary coast was set to cop the worst of the deluge, reminding motorists it was never safe to enter floodwaters.

“A flash flood can happen very quickly, and the last thing we want is for emergency services to have to risk their lives rescuing people who shouldn’t have been driving in the first place,” Ms Ritchie said.

“We are well and truly in the wet season and while we are seeing these events more regularly, it’s important people don’t take unnecessary risks.

“You can never be sure what lies beneath a flooded road – if it’s flooded, forget it.

“Before heading out on the roads check the conditions to see whether they are open or closed.”

The Bureau of Meterology warned the worst is yet to come, with falls of up to 300mm expected in some regions, with flood watches issued across the Cassowary Coast and Mossman.

A slow-moving, south-easterly change has been blamed for the downpour, which would hit the far north over the coming days.

A strong wind warning remained in place for Cairns on Monday, with a storm warning also issued for Mareeba, Atherton and Millaa Millaa in the Tablelands region amid concerns of flash flooding.