FNQ cops a drenching on flood watch

Far north Queensland was on high alert, as a weather system in the Coral Sea brought hundreds of millimetres of rain to the region, with falls of up to 300 millimetres per day expected in the days ahead.

The Bureau of Meteorology reported areas near Innisfail had already received more than 250 millimetres in the past 24 hours, and a flood watch had been issued for the areas between Cooktown and Ingham.

RACQ spokesperson Kirsty Clinton said it was important residents in the region were prepared.

“With parts of the north set to receive hundreds of millimetres of rain each day and strong wind warnings in place, it’s vital locals prepare their properties and backyards, just in case the weather system moves closer,” Ms Clinton said.

“Pick up loose items, tie down any outdoor furniture, and make sure your car is parked undercover or in a garage.

“Although we’re on the tail end of the severe weather season, if you and your family haven’t already sorted your emergency evacuation plan and emergency kit, now is the time to do it.” 

At 9am Tuesday, RACQ Road Conditions reported there were more than 50 roads closed due to flooding across the State, and Ms Clinton urged motorists to avoid driving if they could.

“There’s no way of knowing what damage flooding has caused to the road surface and it only takes around 30 centimetres of water to float a car - it’s just not worth the risk,” she said.

“During these events sadly, we often see people making the choice to drive through floodwater and it usually results in rescues and can tragically even lead to death.

“No matter how well you know the roads, just don’t do it. You don’t want to risk your life or the lives emergency services who have to come to your aid.”