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    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    QFES crews continue to monitor Far North Qld weather and assist communities

    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    Friday, March 30, 2018

    QFES crews continue to monitor Far North Qld weather and assist communities

    Sixteen swift-water technicians have been deployed across the Far Northern Region as Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) personnel monitor the weather situation in the region, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said today (Friday).

    Mr Crawford said SES volunteers had received 28 tasks since midnight Thursday, with calls primarily relating to sandbagging – mainly in the Cairns area.

    He said resupply operations will also be conducted today in Kowanyama and Pormpuraaw – communities he visited with the Premier on Wednesday to inspect damage caused by Ex-Tropical Cyclone Nora.

    “There is still some uncertainty associated with the movements of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Iris, which lies over the central Coral Sea,” Mr Crawford said.

    “The BoM is telling us this system is likely to continue its north-west movement for another 24 hours, and then become slow moving on Saturday and Sunday.

    “On Sunday night and/or Monday, it may begin to move closer to the tropical or central Queensland coast.

    “Our QFES crews are continuing to monitor the situation and assist the community as needed. Please be patient and understand that priority will be given to emergency situations.”

    Mr Crawford said Far North Queenslanders needed to be prepared for severe weather to impact, sometimes at short notice.

    “I’m reminding people to heed the message – If It’s Flooded, Forget It. Stay well away from flooded roads and waterways.

    “I want everyone to make sure they talk to your family about what they 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 in case you need it.

    “Please monitor weather updates closely, tune into local radio, and listen to the advice of emergency services personnel,” Mr Crawford said.

    The SES can be contacted on 132 500 but if it is a life-threatening emergency call Triple Zero (000).

    Queenslanders looking for tips on how to prepare for a severe weather event or for more details on emergency kits should visit getready.qld.gov.au.

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