More wet weather headed for north Queensland

RACQ has urged residents in north Queensland to prepare for potential flooding with more wet weather predicted for the region.

The Cairns Post reported flooding was expected to continue for the next two days, in the Daintree and Mulgrave Rivers, and a monsoon trough was predicted to move from the Gulf of Carpentaria across Cape York late next week.

It was reported landslides caused by the wet weather had closed the Kuranda Scenic Railway and the ferry across the Daintree River was also closed due to flooding.

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter reminded residents a flood watch was still in place for all coastal catchments north of Cardwell, including in the Cape York Peninsula.

“The region has already seen a lot of rain over the past week, so with more on the way, flooding is likely,” Ms Hunter said.

“If you’re driving when wild weather hits, turn your lights on, slow down, pull over in a safe location, but never under a tree. If you come across a flooded road, never attempt to drive, walk or ride through it. Flash flooding is always a risk and comes without warning, so you can be caught out very quickly if you’re not careful.

“The best option is to stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel, but if you do need to be on the road, look at our Road Conditions website before you set out.”