NQ drivers beware of flooded roads: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has urged north Queensland motorists to stay off the roads as the region continued to feel the wrath of ex-Tropical Cyclone Nora.

The Cairns Post has reported the far north had received “extreme” rainfall and flooding which had caused roads to be closed and even congestion in some areas.

Cairns had received almost 600mm of rainfall in the 24 hours to 9am at Port Douglas.

The weather system, which had been downgraded to a tropical low, now threatened to bring storms and heavy rain to the Townsville region.

A flood watch was active for coastal catchments between Townsville and Cape Tribulation.

RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie said with so much water around, it was vital drivers stayed indoors.

“We’re urging motorists to avoid any unnecessary travel on roads,” Ms Ritchie said.

“The far north copped a huge drenching and there are many roads underwater. As always, if it’s flooded, forget it!”

Ms Ritchie said in the days to come, councils and emergency services would assess the conditions of previously flooded roads.

“While the water may subside in some parts of the north in the days to come, we just won’t know what the condition of the road is like underneath the surface.

“We really must allow road crews the time to assess the integrity of flooded roads before vehicles should cross. We urge all drivers to respect this and not to cross roads unless it’s been given the all clear.”

Drivers could visit RACQ’s Road Conditions website for the latest updates.