North Qld braces for flooding
North Queensland is bracing for a possible major flooding event, with some areas to experience their worst flooding in nearly a decade.
The Herbert River is set to peak on Thursday night, with nearby Ingham set to experience flooding similar to the 2009 event.
A major flood warning is also in place for the Tully river, which will impact several towns including Tully and Innisfail.
Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said swiftwater rescue crews have been sent from Brisbane to the Ingham area to help with any evacuations or emergencies.
“As always, it is important for people in that area to be vigilant and stay away from flood water,” Mr Crawford said.
“Parts of Ingham and the surrounding areas may become isolated or inundated, so residents are urged to ensure their emergency kits are ready and that they have sufficient food, water, medication and infant supplies available.”
Meanwhile food drops are set to be made in coming days to remote Queensland towns cut off by floodwaters, ahead of a potential cyclone which could dump more heavy rain.
Burketown and Doomadgee have been cut off and face significant rainfall due to the potential cyclone brewing in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Mr Crawford said those towns had not yet requested food drops, but officials are looking to deliver supplies to the outback town of Richmond in the next 48 hours despite access problems.
“In areas where the trucks can’t get through we can then utilise whether supplies have to come by air, by water, or even an escort where police bring the truck in under safe conditions,” he said.
He also urged residents around Mt Isa not to panic-buy diesel fuel, which is reportedly starting to run low in the area, saying tankers were in transit and would soon replenish supplies.