Daintree Ferry closed
The Daintree Ferry has been CLOSED due to flooding in the Daintree River.
Water has reportedly reached up to Forest Creek Rd on the northern side and the ferry is inaccessible.
The ferry operators have secured the vessel, are monitoring the situation and will advise when operations can start again.
The Bureau of Meteorology is warning that LOCALLY INTENSE RAINFALL AND FLOODING will become an increased risk with six-hourly rainfall totals in excess of 250mm possible.
People living along the Daintree River and its tributaries, the Mossman River and other waterways in the Shire need to be prepared if water levels continue to rise up to major flood levels.
Heavy rain is expected throughout Douglas Shire overnight and water levels may rise rapidly if intense rainfall occurs.
DOUGLAS SHIRE COUNCIL ADVICE
> Have an emergency kit on hand, including a battery operated radio, torch and spare batteries
> Keep a list of emergency numbers handy
> Identify evacuation routes
> Stay tuned to local media for current weather advice and warnings
> Keep an eye out and be aware of changing conditions
>Look out for your neighbours and the elderly
> Be ready to evacuate if necessary
> Always follow instructions and directions from local authorities
> Never drive in flood waters
> Never swim or wade in flood waters
> Continue to monitor your local media for updated information and advice
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