Back it up and avoid flooded roads

RACQ has warned motorists not to drive in flood waters, after a man was pulled from the roof of his car after becoming stranded in floodwater south of Ingham.

The Brisbane Times reported parts of far north Queensland were bracing for more heavy rain from ex-tropical Cyclone Imogen, with the Herbert River experiencing major flooding.

Club spokesperson Clare Hunter said more than 100 millimetres fell within an hour before 7am.

“The weather bureau has issued a severe thunderstorm warning this morning for the Ingham area as intense rainfall could lead to life-threatening flash flooding,” Ms Hunter said.

“We’re pleading with motorists to take these warnings seriously. The conditions can change within seconds and floodwaters can rise rapidly.

“It’s never safe to drive through floodwaters and motorists should avoid travel in north and far north Queensland unless it is absolutely necessary.

“Currently there are 98 roads impacted by flash and long-term flooding across the State, so please check your journey at RACQ Road Conditions before hitting the road.”