SEVERE WEATHER EVENT UPDATES
ROADS UPDATE 12pm 29/1/19
Remember if it's flooded, forget it.
Local road situation (as at 11am 29/1/19):
Spring Hill Closed (still flooded at Bull Crossing Causeway)
Heavy Vehicle Bypass Closed (still flooded at Everlina Causeway)
Beach Road Open (Drive to prevailing conditions, some flood damage and heavy scouring in areas)
Alligator Creek Rd (Drive to prevailing conditions, some flood damage and heavy scouring in areas)
McIvor Rd open for the first 6km only (Drive to prevailing conditions, some flood damage and heavy scouring in areas)
Heavy scouring at bridge approaches to Sandy Creek Bridge (proceed with caution)
The remainder of McIvor Rd Closed due to flood damage
Rehab Rd – Closed due to flood damage
Isabella Bridge has been temporarily repaired by TMR.
TMR advise that regionally:
Archer River Bridge – Closed due to Flooding
Myall Ck Bridge – Closed due to Flooding
Bushy Ck Bridge – Closed due to Flooding
Laura River Bridge – Closed due to Flooding
McLeod River Bridge – Closed due to Flooding
Ferguson’s Crossing at the Walsh River – Closed due to Flooding
Trimbles’s Crossing at the Walsh River – Closed due to Flooding
Coen to Weipa - Closed (Local Property access only with a 5 tonne load limit)
Laura to Coen - Closed (5 tonne load limit)
Bruce Hwy is OPEN - Cairns to Townsville
Captain Cook Hwy – OPEN
Weather and Floods update at 11am 29/1/19
BOM predicts that from Thursday onwards, the monsoon trough is expected to start slowly moving northwards over the North Tropical Coast, western Cape York Peninsula and eastern Gulf catchments, resulting in multiple days of heavy
Moderate to major flooding is possible in the Flood Watch area, which includes Hope Vale, later this week. The monsoon trough is currently across north Queensland and is forecast to stay in the region until about Thursday.
Some of the river catchments are saturated due to flooding in the past week which means those areas will flood faster when more heavy rain falls.
See www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings to view the current flood warnings for
For more information on the Flood Watch Service:
During disaster events please listen to the advice of police and other authorities on the ground.
Also please remember to keep your family and friends safe and keep out of floodwaters.
URGENT: Stay out of Flood Waters and Flooded Creeks and Rivers
Council has had reports of children and adults swimming in swollen and flooded creeks in the area. With the access to Hope Vale impacted due to the damage to Isabella Creek Bridge there is concern that if an incident occurs the ability of emergency services to respond may be limited.
Council is reminding all residents of the dangers of swimming in floodwaters and swollen creeks. Parents please talk to your children about these dangers.
If it's flooded, forget it.
Be Careful if You Plan to Travel – Don’t Cross Flooded Roads. Heavy rainfall is impacting rivers and creeks in our area.
Link to BOM weather warning summaries are at http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings/
We are proud of the beautiful part of Queensland where we live. However, there is a potential risk of nautral hazards. In Hope Vale, these are most likely to be tropical cyclones. Therefore, we cannot afford to be complacent about the dangers they present.
Below is a list of Disaster and Emergency Information pages to assit with vital information.
- Prepare your Emergency Plan
- Prepare for Evacuation
- Prepare an Emergency Kit
- Prepare your Home
- Tune into Warnings
- Check your Neighbours
- Pet Emergency Plan
- Life Threatening Emergencies (Police,Ambulance, Fire) - 000
- SES Assistance - 132500
- Ergon - 132296
- Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council (includes Local Disaster Management Group) - 40 838000