More rain coming, roads remain at risk: RACQ
RACQ has warned Queensland drivers not to become complacent about the dangers of flooded roads, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting flood warnings could increase for some parts of the State.
The Club's Lauren Ritchie said there were more than 145 road closures impacted by flooding in Queensland, with more than 200 claims for flood and storm damage received over the weekend.
“This weekend we saw some areas in Queensland receive up to 200mm of rain in 24 hours which causes extreme pressure on our road network,” Ms Ritchie said.
“Unfortunately, we heard about at least three groups of people forced to be rescued by emergency services after driving through flooded roads. This is stupid behaviour that puts people’s lives at risk.
“The threat of flash flooding is real, and the danger isn’t over yet with the Darling Downs and Gold Coast region at risk of flooding in the next 24 hours due to the sheer amount of rain they’ve had over the weekend and predictions of heavy falls still to come.”
Ms Ritchie reminded drivers only authorities had the power to reopen roads and warned against driving around closed roads signs even if water had subsided.
“Flash flooding can do significant damage to the road’s stability and foundations. We’ve seen a number of sink holes occur after serious rain events,” she said.
“Debris and potholes can also be an issue for drivers so please never drive around road closed signs. They’ve been closed for a reason.”
For all the latest road conditions, visit RACQ’s Road Conditions website.