Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews throughout North Queensland remain on alert with heavy rainfall likely to continue over the coming days. 

Areas of far north Queensland have already seen heavy falls over the last month and Queenslanders are being warned to be diligent with more rain on the way. 

QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll said there was still a risk of flash flooding in areas of the far north from Cape Tribulation to Townsville. 

“Tropical Cyclone Nora has been downgraded but there is still increased rainfall for coastal areas of the far north as the system moves west,” Ms Carroll said. 

“The current heavy falls we are seeing is in addition to recent downpours that saw flooding in Ingham and Innisfail, and flood warnings are still in place for many rivers.

“This means there is still a heightened risk of flash flooding and residents need to be vigilant and stay up-to-date with warnings and forecasts.

“Additional QFES resources have been deployed to affected areas and remain on stand-by as conditions change.”

Commissioner Carroll reminded the community of the dangers of driving through flood water.

“We have had an extremely wet start to 2018 and have had no shortage of flooded roads in Queensland,” Ms Carroll said.

“The response of Queenslanders to our If It’s Flooded, Forget It messaging has been terrific and we want to see it continue until the end of storm and cyclone season. 

“Flooded roads pose a real danger and can be completely washed away or debris can be lurking underneath - you never know what lies beneath the water. 

“If you are driving always have a Plan B and remember – If It’s Flooded, Forget It.”

Ms Carroll said current conditions posed the risk of drains and culverts overflowing and warned parents of the dangers of letting children play flooded areas. 

“Drains and culverts can be extremely dangerous, especially when fast flowing water is passing through,” she said. 

“Debris and waste can be pulled in which could trap or injure anyone inside which is why it is so important for parents educate their children on the risks.

“Even if a culvert looks calm, a heavy downpour further upstream can cause large torrents of water to wash downstream and conditions can change instantly.”

For updated weather warnings and information please visit www.bom.gov.au.