It’s vital to steer clear of flooding
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.”