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    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    QFES continues to closely monitor flood situation in North Queensland

    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    Friday, March 09, 2018

    QFES continues to closely monitor flood situation in North Queensland

    Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) swift-water crews were involved in two rescues overnight as authorities continue to monitor the flooding situation in North Queensland.

    Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said crews were called on to help two elderly Halifax locals whose home was being flooded, along with a family in Ingham.

    “We have a lot of resources – including SES flood boat crews – on the ground in the area, and our plans and preparations are well and truly in place,” Mr Crawford said.

    “Two QFES swift water rescue crews from Brisbane Region and South-East Region were sent to north Queensland last night to support local crews.

    “QFES crews are working closely with local councils and other response agencies. There have also been requests to the SES for assistance, mainly for sandbagging”.

    Mr Crawford said authorities continued to monitor the level of the Herbert River as heavy rainfall continued in the region.

    “As always, it is important for people to be vigilant and stay away from floodwater,” Mr Crawford said.

    “If you are driving through affected areas, be alert for the potential for roads to be flooded and as always remember: If it’s flooded - forget it.

    “And my advice to people would be to make sure they stay “connected” in their local areas, whether that’s through the SES, council, or the BoM - so they know what rainfall is falling in their local area, as well as the status of waterways and roads.

    “I’m urging residents to ensure their emergency kits are ready and that they have sufficient food, water, medication and infant supplies available.

    “Residents who expect to be inundated, are urged to move items to higher ground.”

    For SES assistance call 132 500 and for life threatening emergencies, always call Triple Zero (000).

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