Queensland deluge … roads cut, campers stuck

Home > Lifestyle > Nomad News

Bruce Highway floods
Water across the Bruce Highway at Arnot Creek, between Ingham and Cardwell. PIC: Facebook/Madeline Giddins/ABC

Grey nomads travelling in far north Queensland have been smashed by a massive deluge.

Flooding has closed many, many roads including the Bruce Highway at Tully, and at the Frosty Mango north of Townsville. The North Johnstone Bridge on the Bruce Highway is also flooded

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a major flood warning for the Herbert River region. About 350 millimetres of rain has fallen across the Herbert catchment in the 48 hours to Friday morning.

Hinchinbrook Shire Mayor Ramon Jayo urged people in Ingham to remain at home.

“It’s dangerous out there and we don’t want any problems associated with vehicles or boats for that matter,” he said.

Those camping clearly need to take particular care. Swift water rescue have already been called out to assist three people reportedly stranded at a camping ground west of Ingham.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said rescuers went to  Wallaman Falls after a group of travellers woke up to find trees blocking the road and water surrounding the campground area.

It is understood all campers are safe and there is no current threat. SES crews are expected to assist with the evacuation of the campground.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Livio Regano said strong south-easterly winds were pushing into a monsoon trough near Cooktown.

“It’s like two rivers meeting and there is a lot of turmoil at the junction,” he said. “The rising air is moist and it’s condensing.”

He said the area between Cardwell and Cairns was receiving much of the rainfall and, while Townsville was at the bookend of that system,  the area could potentially see heavy falls.

  • Have you been affected by north Queensland’s wild weather? Comment below.

Click here for all Nomad stories

Got Questions or Comments?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2018 The Grey Nomads All Rights Reserved | ADMIN