FLOODING: Stay off the roads if possible

PEOPLE are being urged to stay off the roads if possible.

Motorists are being urged to stay off the roads following heavy rainfall and localised flooding. PHOTO: File / Shaun Ryan.

Queensland Police issued the warning earlier after heavy rainfall and localised flooding were experienced across the Fraser Coast.

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“During and immediately after severe weather events traversing roadways, either in vehicles or on foot, can be extremely hazardous as water levels can rise and fall quickly,” the Queensland Police Service said in a statement.

“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,” the statement continued.

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People are being urged to avoid flooded roads, creeks and watercourses.

Motorists are also being reminded that road closures and road conditions can change rapidly as creeks and watercourses can rise and fall quickly.

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

You can stay up-to-date with warnings from the Bureau of Meteorology, here.

A major flood warning has been issued for the Mary River.

Traffic and road closure information for State government roads can be found, here

You can also view the Fraser Coast Disaster Dashboard.

Meanwhile, Council workers are installing a temporary flood levee in the Maryborough CBD.

Ergon Energy says power will be turned off in parts of Wide Bay impacted by flooding for public safety reasons.

However, this will only be done in areas where it is considered absolutely necessary.

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