It’s vi­tal to steer clear of flood­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - MADURA MCCOR­MACK

RES­I­DENTS are be­ing urged to get get storm and flood ready, with a stern warn­ing to mo­torists not to drive in flood­wa­ters.

QFES As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner for the North­ern Re­gion David Her­mann said fire­fight­ers had to res­cue two peo­ple in Char­ters Tow­ers on Wed­nes­day night when they be­came stranded in flood­wa­ters.

Swift wa­ter res­cue crews were first called to Bluff Rd, Broughton, about 7.54pm and again about 10.38pm to South­ern Cross to res­cue mo­torists.

Mr Her­mann said one per­son was res­cued from the top of their car and the other from a tree.

Char­ters Tow­ers po­lice of­fi­cer- in- charge Se­nior Sergeant Dean Cavanaugh said mo­torists shouldn’t drive on flooded roads even if they were fa­mil­iar with the route, be­cause there was no way to tell how deep the wa­ter is.

He said mo­torists who risked their lives driv­ing through flood­wa­ters were also putting lives of the emer­gency per­son­nel who came to save them at risk.

SES re­gional man­ager Daryl Camp said crews spent the night di­rect­ing traf­fic away from flooded roads near Char­ters Tow­ers.

“Thank­fully we have not had re­ports of any in­jury or se­vere dam­age re­sult­ing from last night’s storm, but it is im­per­a­tive every­one is pre­pared,” he said.

“Check the con­di­tion of your roof, and clean gutters and down­pipes so wa­ter can drain away as quickly.”

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