By Claire Matthews
During the current wet weather conditions in Queensland, it’s essential to exercise caution, minimise risks and stay safe.
South East Queensland has received significant rainfall over the last 24 hours, with more to come. Emergency Services crews have attended numerous incidents, including when people have been caught in floodwaters in their vehicles.
Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Mark Ryan, urged people to heed the warnings from agencies including the Bureau of Meteorology.
“We are in a situation at the moment where very heavy downfalls of rain are occurring in very short periods of time, which is leading to dangerous situations arising very suddenly.
“It is imperative that people stay abreast of the weather warnings and also that everyone takes a very cautious approach when driving on the roads. We all have a responsibility to make good decisions on the road to keep other drivers and ourselves safe,” Mr Ryan said.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said that drivers needed to exercise caution with the forecast of more rain over the coming days.
“No destination warrants taking an unnecessary risk that leads to tragedy,” Mr Bailey said, “Before you head out onto the road with family and friends, look at the forecast and plan your drive.
“If you can, avoid driving until the weather clears up, and if you get caught in a quick moving storm or rain event, drive to conditions and pull over if you think it’s unsafe. We want every Queenslander to get to their destination safely.”
Wet weather driving tips:
- Keep a safe speed to avoid skidding and sliding
- Do not drive onto roads covered with water, even partially covered roads
- Keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you
- Avoid sudden breaking, accelerating or turning to reduce your chances of skidding
- Use your air conditioner to keep your windscreen clear of condensation
For storm and flood damage or assistance, call the SES on 132 500.
In a life-threatening emergency, always call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
Stay up to date with the latest Bureau of Meteorology warnings www.bom.gov.au and Twitter (@BOM_au)
For storm and flood preparation tips, visit QFES at www.qfes.qld.gov.au, on Facebook (@QldFireandEmergencyServices) and Twitter (@QldFES)
For information about road closures, call 13 19 40 or visit www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au
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