Motorist urged to take extra when driving in wet weather

Motorists are being urged to be vigilant and take extra care on the road as result of heavy rainfall, with the potential of some localised flooding.

Cr Terry James, chair of the Cairns Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG), said motorist needed to take extra care with standing water being reported across the city.

“Drivers need to be extra careful during heavy rains and storms,” Cr James said.

“Roads can become slippery with the rain and conditions may cause minor landslips and changes to road surfaces such as potholes developing.

“Motorists can assist by driving carefully and slowly. This is not only for the safety of road users and pedestrians, but it also lessens the impact of bow waves, which can push water into adjacent properties.

“We also urge residents to advise Council, via the My Cairns app or the customer service centre, of any issues with roads or drains.

“As always please do not drive through flooded roads – if it’s flooded forget it.”

Cr James also reminded parents to keep their children away from stormwater drains.

“Fast flowing water can be dangerous, and the quality of water can deteriorate during heavy rainfall,” he said.

“As we have seen, the wet season can bring downpours leading to significant amounts of fast-flowing water rushing into our water systems.

“Residents, especially children, playing in or near flood waters, can be quickly swept away, be injured by debris or drown if they become trapped.

“Flood water may also be contaminated by chemicals and sewerage. Walking through floodwater can therefore present a risk to your health.”

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