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    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    QFES specialist rescue crews remain on alert with floodwaters expected to take days to recede

    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    Sunday, March 11, 2018

    QFES specialist rescue crews remain on alert with floodwaters expected to take days to recede

    Specialist Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) floodwater crews remain on alert to respond to emergencies in North and Far North Queensland, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said today (Sunday).

    Mr Crawford said QFES swift-water rescue crews and State Emergency Service (SES) flood boats were involved in five property evacuations in Innisfail – evacuating 11 people.

    “Our crews from Fire and Rescue, Rural Fire Service and the SES are very well-resourced and ready to assist those who need it,” Mr Crawford said.

    “Crews have attended a number of incidents relating to floodwater in North and Far North Queensland - the majority of these were to assist people relocating from their homes.

    “A total of 13 Swift Water Rescue Technicians have deployed north from Brisbane (7), North Coast (4) and South Western (2) Regions during this weather event,” he said.

    Mr Crawford praised the efforts of QFES personnel – who continue to work closely with local councils and other response agencies – during the flood situation.

    “QFES staff have been working flat-out with the community – to help the community, in their time of need,” Mr Crawford said. “Their efforts in the response to this event staff, have been exemplary.

    “Our volunteers for example, have been working very long hours to help communities recover, sacrificing their weekend and time with their families and friends to work in wet, muddy and often trying conditions.”

    Mr Crawford said it was expected to take several days for floodwaters to recede.

    “QFES is asking everyone to remain patient, to continue to follow the directions of local authorities and avoid flooded areas,” Mr Crawford sad.

    “There are still many swollen waterways and roads cut-off. Even though the flow of water may have decreased, the floodwaters will have carried a lot of debris which could still be hidden underwater. Do not enter any floodwater – If It’s Flooded Forget It.

    “It’s also important people stay out of flood affected areas as waters recede, so residents can clean-up without sightseers creating unnecessary wash with their vehicles which could add to the damage,” he said.

    The SES can be contacted on 132 500 but if it is a life-threatening emergency call Triple Zero immediately.

    Queenslanders looking for tips on how to prepare for a severe weather event or for more details on emergency kits should visit getready.qld.gov.au.

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