Locals warned to stay off roads as NQ cops record flood

RACQ has urged far north Queenslanders to beware of flash flooding and road closures, as the region experienced its most significant flood in almost 120 years.

The Courier Mail reported heavy rain had drenched the region, and rivers, like the Daintree, had risen quickly and inundated businesses and homes.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross reminded locals the threat was not over, with more flooding expected as the weather system moved towards Townsville on Monday.

“There’s a severe weather warning in place for the area between Cardwell and Mackay, so it’s really important drivers avoid the roads, if they can,” Ms Ross said.

“While a flooded road might not seem a risk, it’s easy to overestimate a vehicle’s capabilities or a driver’s own skills – you could quickly find yourself in a dangerous situation you can’t get out of.”

Drivers were urged to use RACQ’s Road Conditions website over the coming days to check for changed traffic conditions and road closures.