An Emergency Alert flood message has been issued for residents in areas in Oonoonba and Idalia.

Townsville City Council has advised intense rainfall on top of already elevated flood levels may affect these areas, causing fast-moving and rapidly-rising water levels, leading to flash flooding.

Residents are advised to move to higher ground if concerned.

If residents are concerned about their safety, they are urged to evacuate immediately if safe to do so.

Evacuation Centres are open on Fulham Road and Ross River Road.

For more information contact Townsville City Council on 1800 738 541, listen to local radio or monitor the Townsville City Council website