Royal visit north could be a wash- out
PRINCE William may experience a royal flush and be forced to steer clear of North Queensland due to widespread flooding.
Governor-General Quentin Bryce has also delayed her plans to visit the cyclone zone.
Days of torrential rain have left North Queensland towns isolated with no signs of it letting up for communities still struggling to recover from Cyclone Yasi.
Schools have closed and businesses are sending people home.
Premier Anna Bligh said the continued flooding could affect Prince William’s itinerary when he visited Aus-
Prince William tralia from March 19 to 21.
‘‘ Clearly he will only be going to places where it is safe to do so,’’ Ms Bligh said.
‘‘ I doubt he would want to go anywhere where his presence would interfere with any emergency response.
‘‘ We anticipate that this rain will be finished on Saturday . . . his team have stressed he is very keen . . . to chat to people in these cyclone-affected areas.’’
Cassowary Coast mayor Bill Shannon said the situation in his shire was getting serious.
‘‘ We get flooding every wet season, but this is worse than normal,’’ he said.
The latest event has added almost a metre of rain to the tropical coast already savaged by the cyclone.
Cr Shannon said the floodi ng situation would get worse because t he monsoonal influence was so slow moving.
‘‘ It’s supposed to be retreating to the north,’’ he said.
He said the flooding had hit Cardwell, Mission Beach and Tully and the heaviest rain was expected to move north to Innisfail.
He said Ms Bryce had cancelled a trip to the cyclonehit area planned for this weekend.
‘‘ To her credit she’s cancelled it, so she wants to come back in a month or two when we’re not under the pressure we’re going to be under this weekend,’’ Cr Shannon said.