Flood warning for Dawson River; Minister warns ‘if it’s flooded, forget it’

Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford expressed his frustration today over people continuing to “make poor judgment calls” in dangerous floodwaters with heavy rains which have doused the state easing off towards the end of the week.

Mr Crawford said drivers were ignoring the warnings and “unnecessarily exposing themselves to risk” in unpredictable flash-flooding.

As the Dawson River in Taroom slowly falls, a number of roads in our neighbouring Banana Shire are still closed due to localised flooding. Please refer to Banana Shire Council’s Dashboard http://emd.banana.qitplus.com/ for known road closures.

Council crews are monitoring the conditions and the Dashboard will be updated as information comes to hand.

Minor flooding is also expected in Theodore on Wednesday as floodwaters travel down the Dawson River. Please refer to this BOM link for updates:

http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings/flood/fitzroy-river.shtml

“It doesn’t matter what kind of car you drive, how experienced you are, or how badly you need to get across that road: if it’s flooded, forget it,” Mr Crawford said.

“QFES’ specialist swift water rescuers are well trained and prepared to help where required, but these types of rescues are one of the most dangerous activities crews undertake.

 

“Fire & Rescue crews responded to 11 swift water rescues overnight – thankfully, there were no reports of any loss of life or injuries,” he said.

 

Mr Crawford said parents needed to ensure their children understood the dangers of floodwater and playing near storm drains or causeways.

“People should stay tuned to local radio and visit the Bureau of Meteorology website for the latest warnings and weather updates during severe weather events,” he said.

“If you are out and about, or if you live or work near waterways then you need to be aware of the status of those waterways.

“Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews are ready to respond should Queenslanders need their assistance and are closely monitoring any areas of concern. For SES assistance call 132 500 and for life-threatening emergencies, always call Triple Zero (000).”