Flooding in Port Douglas as region pelted with rain

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Victoria Stone-Meadows

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NO ACCESS: The intersection of Owen, Mudlo, and Mowbray Streets is now to traffic but Mudlo remains closed. Image: Victoria Stone-Meadows.
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UPDATE 11.30AM:

The intersection at Owen, Mudlo, and Mowbray Streets is now open to traffic but motorists should take care on the wet roads. 

Sections of Mudlo Street remained closed to traffic as floodwaters remain covering the road. 

Local area controller for the Mossman SES, Stephen Burg, said flooding across the Douglas Shire region is widespread. 

Calls are still coming in from Newell to Mossman, Craiglie and Port Douglas," he said.

"The places we’ve been going to are having more drainage problems than anything else; there is a terrible amount of surface water around that's not getting away.

"Everything is coming up very quickly and we are predicting we will be quite busy over the next couple of days."

The Low Isles Lighthouse has recorded 36.4mm of rain since 9.00am and a total of 96.4mm overnight. 

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting up to 60mm of rain on Christmas Day and an up to 20mm of rain on Boxing Day. 

Learn more bout staying safe during floods on the Queensland Government's Flood Safety Website.

UPDATE 10.35am:

Douglas Shire Council have closed the intersection at Owen, Mudlo, and Mowbray Streets due to flooding. 

Traffic is being directed away from the area and motorists are advised to seek an alternative route. 

The Low Isles lighthouse has recoded 30mm of rain since 9.00am 

EARLIER: 

A dumping of rain in the Douglas Shire has caused localised flooding in parts of Port Douglas.

Sections of Warner Street, between Owen Street and Wharf Street, are under water with drains not keeping up with the deluge.

The Low Isles Light House has recoded 96.4mm of rain as of 9am and the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting no easing of the rain for the rest of the day.

The Mossman and Daintree rivers are currently under a flood watch warning as catchments in the region continue to be fed by the heavy rain. 

The Queensland Department of Environment and Science (DES) is urging people to be careful around floodwaters due to hidden dangers and wildlife.

DES Manager of Northern Wildlife Operations, Michael Joyce, said dangerous wildlife often use floodwaters to get from one place to another.

“Crocodiles prefer calmer waters and they may well be on the move as they search out a quiet place where they can wait for the floodwaters to recede,” he said.

“Similarly, snakes are good swimmers and they too may turn up in unexpected places.

“If you see a snake, don’t attempt to catch or remove it. It’s best to leave snakes alone to move on of their own accord, or you can contact a local licensed snake removalist if you need assistance.”

Mr Joyce said crocodiles pose a threat to everyone’s safety when they are caught in unfamiliar territory due to flooding.

"If you see a crocodile, please report it as soon as possible to the Department of Environment and Science on 1300 130 372,” he said. 


How to stay safe from crocodiles in Far North Queensland:


• Expect crocodiles in ALL far northern Queensland waterways even if there is no warning sign
• Obey all warning signs – they are there to keep you safe
• Expect crocodiles in ALL far northern Queensland waterways even if there is no warning sign
• Obey all warning signs – they are there to keep you safe
• Be aware crocs also swim in the ocean and be extra cautious around water at night
• Stay well away from croc traps – that includes fishing and boating
• The smaller the vessel the greater the risk, so avoid using canoes and kayaks
• Stand back from the water’s edge when fishing and don’t wade in to retrieve a lure
• Camp at least 50 metres from the edge of the water
• Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near water, camp site or boat ramp
• Never provoke, harass or feed crocs
• Always supervise children near the water and keep pets on a lead
• Remember, you are responsible for your own safety in croc country
• Report all croc sightings to DES by calling 1300 130 372.

Further information on being Crocwise is available on the DES website.

 

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