Calls to heed flood dangers

EMERGENCY service authorities are asking how many more people have to die before people understand the dangers of floodwaters following 30 water rescues again overnight.

State Disaster Coordinator and Queensland Police Service Deputy Commissioner Ian Stewart called on all residents to heed the warnings of authorities and stay out of floodwaters.

“This type of risky, foolhardy behaviour really beggars belief. Why are some people continuing to be so foolish? Floodwaters are no place for play or risky behaviour,” Deputy Commissioner Stewart said.

“The QPS is out in force and will not hesitate to prosecute drivers who disobey road rules and traffic signs. People can be issued with Notices to Appear for public nuisance if they deliberately engage in tomfoolery in flood waters.

“This type of behaviour ties up police and emergency services resources. Going to an avoidable rescue to save people who’ve brazenly ignored warnings keeps us away from those in genuine need,” he said.

Emergency Management Queensland Assistant Director General Bruce Grady said the risk of entering floodwaters cannot be underestimated.

“The dangers of roads, drains, creeks, rivers and causeways after heavy rain are often hidden. Currents are strong and water is filled with debris, meaning serious injury is very likely and entrapment or death is possible,” he said.

“You can just imagine the panic and sheer terror of being caught in floodwaters and not being able to escape; I urge all residents not to take the risk of putting themselves in that position.”

Mr Grady also renewed the call for constant supervision of children.

“It’s vital parents and caregivers supervise children and ensure they don’t try to play in and around floodwaters. Child deaths are tragic, especially so when they are avoidable. I urge everyone to closely supervise children within their care to avoid this unfathomable heartache.”

Police and emergency services are urging the public to be aware, be informed and be prepared. The following contact information should be used for assistance or regular updates:

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