Res­cues prompt warn­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - An­gelique Pat­ter­son

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.

Pic­ture: AN­THONY CAPOGRECO

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