Nearly 40 roads flooded even before big wet arrives: RACQ

RACQ has warned Queenslanders to plan ahead before hitting the road, with nearly 40 routes already closed across the State due to flooding.
Flooded road closed to traffic

The Bureau of Meteorology warned heavy rain and thunderstorms were expected to set in from Wednesday, with daily rainfall totals in some parts of the State likely to reach 150 millimetres or more.

RACQ spokesperson Kate Leonard-Jones said long term flooding and flash flooding had already impacted 37 roads around Queensland, as of 11am Wednesday 10 November, and many more had been impacted by water over the road.

“With more rain already falling in parts of the State, that number is growing by the hour,” Ms Leonard-Jones said.

“So far, we’re seeing roads cut from just south of Mt Isa, through western Queensland, including Hughenden, at the border in Birdsville and further south in Goondiwindi. 

“While the rainfall is welcome in many parts of these regions, it’s vital motorists don’t forget the dangers posed by flooded roads – it’s never safe to drive through flood waters so don’t put yourself, or other road users, at risk.”

Ms Leonard-Jones urged anyone setting off on the roads over the coming days to check RACQ Road Conditions before they left.

“No matter how often you drive on these roads, wet weather can quickly and dramatically change road conditions,” she said.

“That’s why it’s important to double check your route before you start your journey, drive to the changing conditions and be prepared to turn around if you come across flooding.”  

A full list of the road closures could be viewed at RACQ Road Conditions.

The latest weather warnings were available on the Bureau of Meteorology's website.

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