Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is ramping up operations in response to heavy rainfall and flash flooding.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has forecast heavy rainfall and the risk of flash flooding between Hervey Bay and Bowen later this week.
Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Mark Ryan says pre-emptive actions are being taken to protect affected communities in the path of a severe weather even.
“QFES is prepared for this, with teams of specialist swiftwater rescuers being deployed north of the Sunshine Coast.”
“Residents should monitor conditions and plan ahead, including identifying alternative routes of travel in case of flooded roads.
“Remember: if it’s flooded, forget it.”
QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll says extra crews were being strategically positioned to enhance QFES’ capacity to respond if the weather situation deteriorated.
“Additional swiftwater rescue teams are being stationed at, Proserpine and Airlie Beach in anticipation of heavy rainfall and the possibility of flash flooding occurring in the coming days.”
Ms Carroll said residents in these areas should also take steps to help themselves and support fire and emergency service crews.
“We know from experience how quickly conditions can change, so residents should continue to monitor conditions, tune in for weather updates and warnings from the BoM and plan ahead if they are travelling.
“If any member of the community finds themselves in a life-threatening situation, phone Triple Zero (000) immediately.”