Rescues prompt warning
AS the wild weather eases, emergency services are urging people to not drive through flooded warning – after three people got caught up in flooded causeways and bridges.
Over the weekend the Bureau of Meteorology recorded 547 ml of rain at Low Isles, a heavy rain that caused flooding all across the region.
Over the weekend a vehicle got caught on the bridge on the back road between Cooya and Mossman, while near Wonga a vehicle got caught on a causeway and the emergency crew had to rescue a man stranded on a dinghy after attempting to cross Bushy Creek causeway in Julatten.
Port Douglas ambulance OIC Ian Day said the man managed to get on to the roof of his 4WD and into a dinghy but it got stranded on a fence. ‘‘People should not attempt to drive through flooded causeways. Water comes up so quickly with a lot of power and pressure and can quite easily push the car off; we were very lucky not to have any drownings,’’ he said.
‘‘By attempting to cross flooded causeways people are putting our lives in danger, the rescuers who put their lives at risk trying to rescue them. Don’t attempt it.’’
Port Douglas auxiliary captain Louie Leone said people should heed the warning – if it’s flooded, forget it.
‘‘We have a lot of traffic issues in wet weather and people have got to remember to not drive through flood waters. It’s not worth risking your life, the lives of people in your car and the lives of the rescuers,’’ he said.
The rain is easing as the monsoonal trough becomes less active and has retreated to up around Northern Territory and Indonesia, but there are still showers expected for the region.
However the Bureau of Meteorology expects no more above average rainfalls, at least until the next monsoonal surge, expected in middle to late March.