More rain on the way following record flooding
Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu is urging residents not to take any chances and be vigilant in light of the Bureau of Meteorology’s latest forecast that monsoonal rain will be returning to the Shire later this week.
This comes just days after the Daintree River experienced the worst flooding in 118 years and forced the closure of the Daintree Ferry, which was reopened to the public on Monday afternoon.
Cr Leu advised that the Douglas Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) has urged residents to re-supply and be prepared for the possibility of further heavy rainfall.
“Residents and businesses should take the opportunity now to re-supply and plan for possible isolation," she said.
“Although these are initial predictions, we are not taking any chances and encourage our residents to be vigilant."
Cr Leu said this means ensuring you have adequate medicine, food, water, and fuel supplies to keep you going for several days.
“It also means familiarising yourself with the Douglas Dashboard, tuning into ABC radio, and following Council’s Facebook page for updates.”
Orders have been placed for more sand and sand bags to be placed at the SES Shed behind the council building in Mossman and Port Douglas Sports Oval car park off Wharf Street.
Council has now shifted its focus to restoring full access to roads, clearing landslips, fixing pot holes and making conditions as safe as possible for motorists.
Mayor Leu visited Daintree Village this morning and spoke to impacted residents.
“Douglas Shire’s northern communities have copped the brunt of this monsoonal system and crews are digging deep to get things back to some normality,” Cr Leu said.
“They are a resilient bunch and they all have a remarkable story to tell about this record-breaking flood event.
“We ask for patience and encourage motorists to take extreme caution when travelling on these roads.”
Ergon Energy is working hard to re-connect 10 customers in Upper Daintree. The Douglas LDMG is also urging people to stay away from fallen and flooded power lines.
Cr Leu, meanwhile, said that on behalf of Douglas Shire, she would like to thank Douglas Shire Council staff and contractors, emergency services, Ergon Energy, and Telstra for the monster effort they have put in during this challenging time.
The Douglas Local Disaster Management Group has provided the following advice:
- BE PREPARED: 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 ALERT: 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.
- DON’T DELAY: Be ready to evacuate if necessary; Always follow instructions and directions from local authorities.
- ACT SAFE: Never drive in flood waters; Never swim or wade in flood waters; Continue to monitor your local media for updated information and advice.
Council advised the following areas are currently being worked on:
- Upper Daintree Road has a major land slip. A loader and a number of trucks are working on the road
- Stewarts Creek Road landslip has a backhoe and three trucks clearing the road
- Mossman-Daintree Road has a number of slips; however, the road is open down to one lane in some sections
- Alexandra Range, Thornton Beach and Noahs range have landslips. Alexandra range has only one lane open under traffic lights
- Ponzo Road landslip is closed to one lane and it will remain that way until further notice
- Miallo Road near the school is open after the crew pushed the sand off the road
- There is a landslip at Humbug Reach but the road is open to one lane
- The water truck is washing the ferry area including the carpark area
- There are large potholes everywhere and a crew will attend to these ASAP
- Council are aware of blocked drains and the sweeper trucker is working around the shire clearing the pit tops
- Old Forestry Road near Baio Bridge is washed away, however, you can access Old Forestry road from the other entry
- The floating walkway at Daintree River near the ferry has broken its moorings and is currently tied to nearby trees
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