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Al­though rain­fall is wel­come across the Table­lands re­gion, lo­cal po­lice are re­mind­ing lo­cals just how danger­ous flood wa­ters can be. Not only can the fast cur­rent har­bour sting­ing and bit­ing crea­tures, but it can hide danger­ous changes in the con­di­tion of the ground, roads and bridges. Po­lice have been called to a num­ber of sit­u­a­tions where peo­ple have dis­re­garded safety mes­sages and en­tered flood wa­ters. These ac­tions not only place them­selves and their prop­erty in dan­ger, but en­dan­ger the lives of po­ten­tial res­cuers. Ear­lier this week Table­lands Po­lice co-or­di­nated a search for a 36-yearold man, a 42-year-old man and a three-year-old girl miss­ing at a pri­vate prop­erty 40km north of Mt Sur­prise. Po­lice held con­cerns for their safety due to the flooded wa­ter­ways and ac­cess to food and drink­ing wa­ter. The miss­ing peo­ple were later lo­cated safe and well by res­cue he­li­copter 510. Po­lice are re­in­forc­ing the mes­sage ‘if it’s flooded for­get it’, and are warn­ing peo­ple not to at­tempt to drive through flood wa­ters re­gard­less of the per­ceived ca­pa­bil­i­ties of their ve­hi­cles. Po­lice are urg­ing peo­ple to de­lay travel plans if pos­si­ble and only un­der­take jour­neys that are ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary. Par­ents are also ad­vised to keep chil­dren out of the wa­ters and en­sure that they are aware of the po­ten­tial hid­den dan­gers.

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