Widespread flooding closes 100 roads across Qld

The Bruce, Flinders and Landsborough Highways are among more than 100 roads across Queensland that have been cut by flooding, prompting a warning from RACQ.

With more wet conditions forecast for central and north Queensland on Tuesday, Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie urged drivers to avoid unnecessary travel.

“Heavy falls have forced the closure of main routes between McKinlay and Longreach, Hughenden and Charters Towers, and a rockslide in Townsville's CBD has also blocked traffic on Sturt Street,” Ms Ritchie said. 

“We’ve already seen a lot of rain, and with more expected today, it’s best drivers rethink their plans and watch for road closures and flash flooding. 

“If you absolutely must be on the road, check weather warnings and RACQ’s Road Conditions before you leave home.”

Ms Ritchie said it was important drivers obeyed road closure and warning signs and never travelled through floodwaters.

“If you do come across a flooded road, never attempt to drive, walk or ride through it. If it’s flooded, you need to forget it,” she said.

“We’ve also heard of instances where vehicles travelling through flooded roads have caused bow waves to wash into nearby properties.”

Ms Ritchie said the Club had also received 24 claims for flooded homes and vehicles across the State over the long weekend.

“It’s been a wild few months of weather, and January’s been no different, so if you’ve been impacted by any weather events and need to make a claim, please give us a call on 13 72 02 as soon as you can.”

A full list of road closures was available on RACQ’s Road Conditions website.