DON’T RISK ENTERING FLOOD WATERS
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.