Police have renewed their warning to residents in southern Queensland to re-think their need to travel, with further persistent heavy rainfall expected across areas including the South West, Darling Downs, Wide Bay Burnett, Sunshine Coast, Moreton, Gold Coast, Logan and Brisbane.
Tony Auden is 7NEWS Brisbane’s meteorologist and weather presenter, and he told Ken and Nicky that residents in affected areas will need to exercise extreme caution today.
“We have rain falling from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast with that heavy rainfall linking with a trough near Bundaberg – we’ve seen rainfall rates of over 160mm in just one hour.
“Please everyone keep an eye on the warnings; consider seriously whether you need to drive anywhere today. If it’s flooded forget it; we will see swift water rescues as this is the type of weather which washes people off roads.”
Queensland Police are urging motorists to not risk their lives attempting to cross flooded roads.
“Members of the public are urged to avoid flooded roads, creeks and bridges likely to be impacted by rapidly rising water,” a police spokesperson said. “Motorists are also reminded that road closures and road conditions can change rapidly.
“If driving please travel with extreme caution and drive to the prevailing weather and road conditions – plan your trip, allow additional travel time, incorporating travelling at lower speeds, delays and diversions and remember: If It’s Flooded: Forget It and just Back it Up.”
Queensland Bureau of Meteorology warnings can be accessed here.
For information on road closures due to flooding visit the QLDTraffic website.
Listen to the full update from Tony in the audio player above.