Flood­wa­ters dan­ger­ous

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

WITH more wet weather ex­pected in com­ing days, the Queens­land Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice is urg­ing peo­ple not to en­ter flood­wa­ters. Fire­fight­ers have been called to sev­eral swift-wa­ter res­cues in the North over the past month and are frus­trated at the com­mu­nity’s lax attitude dur­ing the wet sea­son. North­ern Re­gion As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Ron Twomey said it was vi­tal all res­i­dents kept out of flood­wa­ters. ‘‘ Peo­ple un­der­es­ti­mate the dan­ger of waters, think­ing they can make it through. This sort of attitude is fool­ish and peo­ple can, and have ended up pay­ing with their lives,’’ Mr Twomey said. ‘‘ Flood­wa­ters can be lethal and their cur­rents can be de­cep­tive. What ap­pears to be a shal­low, placid body of wa­ter can turn into a rag­ing flood­way in sec­onds.’’

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