Warning to drivers after flooding cuts CQ roads

Flash flooding closed a number of roads in Central Queensland yesterday after the region was inundated by rain.

The Morning Bulletin reported roads across Rockhampton had been cut on Sunday and the suburb of Berserker recorded more than 140mm.

The Bureau of Meteorology said a trough system and associated showers would bring more rain to the region on Monday but would likely clear on Tuesday.

RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie said as the rain eased, there were still 17 roads closed due to flooding across the State.

“We urge drivers to proceed with caution as roads may have be damaged from recent rains,” Ms Ritchie said.

“It’s vital all motorists don’t drive around road closed signs, until authorities have had the chance to inspect it, even if it appears there is no more water around.”

Across Queensland, moderate rainfall of up to 50mm was forecast for coastal regions including the Wide Bay and Burnett and for parts of the south east on Monday.

Ms Ritchie said drivers should avoid driving in heavy downpour, if possible.

“As parts of the State prepare for more rain over the next few days, we’d encourage drivers to take care and be wary of flash flooding,” she said.

“If you get caught driving in heavy rain or a storm, switch your lights on, slow down, pull over – and most importantly, if it’s flooded, forget it.”

Motorists were urged to check the latest road conditions before heading out on the road.