Wild weather to send off 2020

UPDATE: RACQ LifeFlight crews have performed a second overnight rescue after a couple were stranded after their car broke down in floodwaters east of Burketown in far north western Queensland.

Image: RACQ LifeFlight 

With wet and wild weather predicted to round out the final days of the year, RACQ has pleaded with Queenslanders not risk driving though flood waters. 

Courier Mail reported the Bureau of Meteorology had warned of potentially large downpours across northern and central Queensland of more than 150 millimetres, with the system to track towards the south east by Wednesday. 

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter urged drivers not to take any risks, after a father and son were rescued from the roof of their ute by RACQ LifeFlight at the weekend when they became bogged on a flooded road west of Mount Isa. 

“This heavy rain could see regional roads flood affected and with many Queenslanders traveling around the State, one wrong move could spell disaster,” Ms Hunter said. 

“It’s impossible to tell what condition the road is like underneath flood waters so it’s just not worth the risk of driving through. 

“If you drive through flood waters you’re gambling with your life, and the lives of the rescuers who are tasked with saving you.

“If you do need to get behind the wheel make sure you drive to conditions, switch your headlights on and leave extra space between yourself and other vehicles.” 

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Ms Hunter said homeowners should take steps now to prepare their properties for the weather event. 

“Once the storm hits it’s too late, so now’s the time to clean your gutters and trim any tree branches close to your home, bring in loose items from your yard and secure outdoor furniture,” she said. 

“Chat to your family and make sure you have your emergency plan and kit sorted and check in on your elderly neighbours and help them prepare too.”