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Flooded, forget it

Water over the road at Two Mile.
Water over the road at Two Mile. Renee Pilcher

WITH heavy rainfall predicted for the Gympie region tomorrow, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service has urged residents not to enter flood waters and remember, "If it's flooded, forget it".

Bureau of Meteorology forecast heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the Wide Bay and Burnett areas, with some areas predicted to receive more than 150mm.

QFRS North Coast Region assistant commissioner John Watson reminded Gympie residents it only took a small amount of water to force even heavy vehicles off a flooded road.

Mr Watson said people should take the time to check road closure information prior to leaving home if conditions outside looked unfavourable.

"There really is no excuse for those who deliberately drive past a road closed sign into flood water," he said.

"Even if you're in a familiar territory and think local knowledge will get you through, think again.

"If you become caught in rising floodwater, turn around and seek an alternative route. If this is not possible, move to higher ground and wait it out.

"Sometimes this may be inconvenient or cause you to miss an appointment or meeting but it is better to arrive late, than not arrive at all."

If residents require storm and flood assistance they should contact the SES on 132 500. In a life-threatening emergency, which includes vehicles trapped in floodwater, always dial triple zero (000).

Gympie region road closures can be found at the council website www.gympie.qld.gov.au.

Topics:  flooding flood waters

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