Police update 4: Severe weather event at Burketown

Queensland Police continue to respond to the severe weather event affecting the Nicholson Gregory Catchment area, with major flooding still occurring in Burketown and the Gregory River.

Due to the current conditions, it is unsafe for displaced people to return to their homes and police remind residents to limit movement in the flood water due to unseen hazards and recent crocodile sightings.

Burketown sewage and water treatment plants in Burketown are now offline, with residents instructed to conserve water usage and continue to monitor advice from Burketown Shire Council.

Police are now closely monitoring the township Urandangi, with 16 people so far evacuated from Urandangi in preparation for rising flood waters.

Air assets are stationed nearby and on standby for emergency rescues and transport of food, water and medical supplies.

Senior Sergeant Adrian Rieck from the Mount Isa District Disaster Coordination Centre thanked all of the affected townships for their cooperation and ongoing assistance.

“Water reserves and food supplies are good, and resupply continues. Telstra Services have also been restored to the area,” Senior Sergeant Rieck said.

“If any residents are concerned, they are encouraged to contact their local police or council officers.”

“Your safety is of paramount importance and we thank you for working with emergency services while we continue to respond to the impacts of flooding in the region.”




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