FLOODS: Residents urged to limit travel

'If it's flooded, forget it,' this is the message from authorities during the wet season. Picture: ON FILE. 257895_01

Residents across southern Queensland are being urged to re-think their need to travel as flooding continues to spread.

Queensland Police have today renewed their warning to residents in southern Queensland, with further persistent heavy rainfall expected across areas including the South West, Darling Downs, Wide Bay Burnett, Sunshine Coast, Moreton, Gold Coast, Logan and Brisbane.

Locally intense rainfall along with a damaging wind risk and embedded severe thunderstorm activity can result in extremely hazardous conditions on roadways.

Trying to navigate these hazards, either in vehicles or on foot, can be extremely dangerous as water levels can rise and fall quickly.

Members of the public are urged to avoid flooded roads, creeks and bridges likely to be impacted by rapidly rising water. Motorists are also reminded that road closures and road conditions can change rapidly.

If driving please travel with extreme caution and drive to the prevailing weather and road conditions – plan your trip, allow additional travel time, incorporating travelling at lower speeds, delays and diversions and remember: If It’s Flooded: Forget It and just Back it Up.

Parents are also reminded to ensure their children are not playing in flood prone waterways, watercourses and drains as water levels can rise quickly.

Stay up to date with the latest Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warnings, including flood warnings, river levels http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings/