If in doubt evacuate

IF you are in a flood area and are concerned about your safety, don't leave it to the last minute to evacuate.

That's the message from Gympie police officer-in-charge Graeme Reeves, who said Sunday morning residents were urged to self-evacuate rather than put themselves and emergency services in danger.

"The problem we're having at the moment is we can't get to some people who are calling for help because the roads are cut.

"So if you think you should evacuate, do it early enough to get out safely.

"Make sure electrical appliances, like mobile phones, are fully charged while you still have power and keep in touch with neighbours," he said.

Senior Sergeant Reeves urged people to stay off the roads as much as possible.

"Don't go sight seeing  - this only causes unnecessary congestion on roads that are wet, slippery and dangerous," he said.

Extra police have been called in around the district to help with what is now being described by the weather bureau as a major flood event.

Gympie Times


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