Update 7: Severe weather event at Burketown

Major flooding is still occurring in the declared disaster area and flood waters are subject to change.

Inundation of Burketown is slowly receding, but it is still unsafe for displaced people to return to their homes currently.

Water supply in Burketown is being restored and food resupply continues as required.

Sewage and other essential services like electricity are being assessed on a case-by-case basis as flood water recedes and safety allows.

QFES continue to complete Damage Assessments of infrastructure to ensure that as soon as flood water fully recedes, it is safe for residents to return.

Dept of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy: Community Recovery personnel are deploying to Burketown today, and then to other communities, to provide social support to all our affected and displaced people.

Planning is underway for the repatriation of residents and essential workers as soon as is safe.

Monitoring of water heights at Urandangi and surrounding area continues as this record flood moves through the Georgina Catchment. Pre-emptive evacuations were conducted of this area prior to the flood.

DDCC want to ensure all affected communities that support is available to them and several air assets, including the RACQ Life Flights AW139 helicopter, are stationed nearby and on standby 24/7 for health emergencies, and the transport of food, water, and medical supplies.

If residents are concerned, they are encouraged to contact their local police or shire council offices and we thank local media for their support.

We thank the public for their continued support to help us keep the community safe.

Earlier release: https://mypolice.page.link/ksWu

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

Report crime information anonymously via Crime Stoppers. Call 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.

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