Jan 31, 2019

Townsville declared disaster zone as flooding continues

Townsville declared disaster zone as flooding continues

The State Government has declared a disaster situation for Townsville as heavy rain continues in what has been described as a once in 20-year event.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has ordered all Townsville schools and childcare centres to close tomorrow.

“We need to ensure everyone’s safety,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“The bureau’s advice is, if this monsoonal weather continues, the next few days could see more heavy rainfall.

“It is safer if families are not trying to get to and from school.”

Declaring a disaster situation gives police wider evacuation powers if needed.

The Premier said people should take care on the roads, stay home if possible and remember ‘if it’s flooded forget it’.

The Townsville Local Disaster Management Group met this afternoon and will continue to monitor the rain event and provide updates to the community.

Townsville Local Disaster Management Group (TLDMG) chair Mayor Jenny Hill said the Bureau of Meteorology was predicting heavy rain for the next few days.

“We’ve already had a lot of rain over all areas of Townsville but residents should be prepared for more heavy falls,” Cr Hill said.

“The TLDMG will continue to monitor the situation closely and update the community with any relevant information.”

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