If It’s Flooded Forget It, Queenslanders Urged

Published Thursday, 11 November, 2021 at 05:49 PM

Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
The Honourable Mark Ryan

Queenslanders are again being reminded to heed warnings from the Bureau of Meteorology and other authorities to ensure their safety.

Acting Minister for Emergency Services Mark Furner said residents need to stay out of flood waters.

“It’s easy to assume a flooded road is safe to drive through,” the Minister said.

“It’s not safe driving through flood water can put lives at risk.

“Danger can be well-hidden by floodwaters and the smartest and bravest thing a driver can do is to back it up. If it’s flooded, forget it.

“Also, make sure your household has an emergency kit packed and ready, and download the SES Assistance QLD app for storm-related assistance.”

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast severe thunderstorms with heavy rain and damaging winds across parts of southern, central and north-western Queensland today, with conditions remaining threatening in the east of the state on Friday.

Some areas in south east Queensland are expected to receive up to 200 millimetres of rain, increasing the risk of flooding in areas, including the Darling Downs and Maranoa regions.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Greg Leach said QFES is well-prepared and ready to respond to emergencies arising from the conditions.

“We have deployed SES flood boats to various locations throughout the Darling Downs region, along with FRS swiftwater crews.

“We also deployed a swiftwater rescue crew yesterday from Rockhampton to Emerald in preparation for the bad weather ahead.

“Another part of our capability is the use of a helicopter to transport technical rescuers with their equipment and drop them into locations that are difficult to access.

“It’s not too long ago that this helicopter was used to support bushfire fighting efforts, so it’s a reminder that Queensland’s weather can be volatile, and Queenslanders need to prepare for anything.

“Queenslanders are urged to remember, if it’s flooded, forget it.”

For storm-related assistance, call the SES on 132 500 or download the SES Assistance QLD app. In a life-threatening situation, always call Triple Zero (000).

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