Major FNQ Flooding Event: Where things are now
Residents of the Daintree and Upper Daintree areas are able to access triple zero services again after some people had difficulties getting through to the emergency services.
Police were warning residents that contact with emergency services should be kept to a minimum for life threatening or time critical incidents only.
Queensland Police confirmed this morning that the service has been fully restored and people are able to contact triple zero again.
As of 10.13am today, the Daintree River was still considered to be at minor flood levels with a height of 4.5 metres and falling.
The river peaked at 12.6 meters at around midnight between the 26th and 27th, well above the major flood indicator level of nine metres.
The Daintree River at Daintree Village is expected to fall below the minor flood level of four metres this evening.
The Mossman river peaked at 8.27 metres late in the evening of the 26th but has since dropped back to 4.37 metres today and is expected to keep falling through Monday.
In a statement released the morning, Douglas Shire Council reminded everyone the Daintree Ferry remains closed to traffic and is expected to be non-operational for at least a few more days.
The Barratt’s Creek crossing south of Daintree Village has reopened but the Stewart Creek Bridge remains closed to traffic.
The Road from Cape Tribulation to Cow Bay is impassable due to landslips on the Noah Range and Council have deployed a tractor to clear the block.
Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said work was progressing quickly to get the ferry up and running again.
“Council is clearing the roads leading to the Daintree Ferry and this is expected to be passable by mid-afternoon,” she said.
“The road remains closed to all traffic for safety reasons.
“Another ferry update will be provided by mid-afternoon when a more precise opening time should be available.
“Crews are racing to have the ferry open by the early evening, but please check Council’s Facebook page and Dashboard for updates.”
A number of towns in the area are without power as the scale of damage from the flooding becomes apparent.
Almost 20 residences in the Mossman and Finlayvale area have been without electricity since 8.00pm last night.
A further 85 people in Daintree have been in the dark since 9.30pm on Saturday and another 11 in Upper Daintree since 8.00pm Saturday night.
A total of 676mm of rain has been recorded at the Daintree Station in the Whyanbeel Valley between Friday and Sunday.
Port Douglas has received 405mm of rain from Friday to Sunday and Mossman has copped 580mm over the weekend.
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