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    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    QFES personnel pre-deployed to assist communities during severe weather

    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    Tuesday, March 27, 2018

    QFES personnel pre-deployed to assist communities during severe weather

    Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) personnel have been pre-positioned ready to assist Far North Queensland communities likely to be impacted by severe weather, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said today (Tuesday).

    Mr Crawford was speaking in Cairns this afternoon, ahead of tomorrow’s inspection with the Premier and the Member for Cook Cynthia Lui, of damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Nora in Cape York communities over the weekend.

    “Heavy rain has continued throughout today, so it’s important for people to be aware of current weather situations and stay safe,” Mr Crawford said.

    “Our crews are continuing to monitor the situation and assist the community as needed. We have emergency services pre-positioned and ready to assist communities that might be impacted over the coming days.

    “We are working with the Bureau of Meteorology and keeping a close eye on the weather over the Easter long-weekend ahead. I encourage people to keep watch on advice from the BoM, to have a plan in place, and to stay safe.”

    Mr Crawford said QFES crews were involved in successful overnight evacuations and rescues.

    More than 40 people were evacuated from two caravan parks at Redlynch and Brinsmead. They were safely relocated to the Cairns SES Headquarters, where they were provided with food and warm clothing before being moved to emergency shelter. Crews also used a motorised swift-water boat to safely move two people stuck on dry land between flood waters.

    “Once again, I’m urging people to heed the message – If It’s Flooded, Forget It. Stay well away from flooded roads and waterways,” Mr Crawford said.

    “Some homes may also be impacted by flood water. I’m reminding everyone to make sure you talk to your family about what you would do in a severe weather event.

    “Know your local emergency contacts and check with your local council about your individual flood risk. Have your emergency kit stocked and ready should you need it. “

    The SES can be contacted on 132 500, but if it is a life-threatening emergency call Triple Zero immediately.

    ENDS

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