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Toowoomba Region residents are being urged to avoid driving through dangerous flood waters as southern parts of the region mop up yet again from further rainfall overnight Sunday 3 April.
That’s the message from Toowoomba Deputy Mayor Cr Geoff McDonald who said the risks to people of driving through flood waters were simply too great.
“I cannot stress this highly enough – if it’s flooded, forget it.
“Council has had multiple reports of people driving through flood waters from the overnight rainfall on Sunday.
“We had two fatal tragedies last week involving people driving through flood waters and unfortunately the message still isn’t getting through.
“Please obey the signage. It’s impossible for Council to sign every defect and danger on the roads so be alert and drive to the conditions.
“The last thing we want is any further tragedies, so please be extra careful if you need to travel and even reassess whether you need to be on the roads in the first place.
“As we continue to monitor the situation, I would like to thank the emergency services who are doing an incredible job rescuing residents in flood water.
“Our top priority is to ensure all residents are safe and well-informed about the potential dangers from possible flood waters. It is better to err on the side of caution. Please keep away from flood water.
“Property owners who need assistance with flooding at their residence are advised to contact the State Emergency Service on 132 500, including for the provision of sandbags,” Cr McDonald said.
Council is also asking for patience from the public as it works through a large backlog of customer requests for assistance. These requests will take some time to action and need to be prioritised against the available resources Council have.
In a life-threatening emergency call 000 and for emergency flood or storm assistance, call the State Emergency Service on 132 500.
Listen to ABC Radio for relevant disaster information updates and warnings.
Advice about TRC road closures will be notified at http://disaster.tr.qld.gov.au/