Flood warning as heavy rain falls in Queensland

Police tell motorists to avoid flooded roads as heavy rain affects key routes throughout Brisbane and surrounding areas

January 24, 2012

Queensland motorists are being warned to avoid flooded roads as heavy rain affects a number of key routes throughout Brisbane and surrounding areas.

Rainfall has caused localised flooding on roads in Brisbane’s north, south, southeast and west.

Queensland Police Acting Chief Superintendent Andy Morrow, from the department’s traffic branch, says motorists need to obey any temporary road closure signs that may be erected.

"Temporary road closure signs will be erected as and when roads become flooded, but with the speed at which some roads become submerged, the absence of a sign does not mean it is safe to cross. If the road is flooded, don’t cross it. The risk is simply not worth it," he says.

Morrow has also reminded motorists to adapt their driving behaviour to suit the weather conditions.

"In wet weather motor vehicles do not handle in the same way, braking distances increase and tyres can lose grip. Visibility is reduced due to rain and road-spray and driving becomes more demanding on the driver's attention," he says.

Some the areas affected include Albion, Bowen Hills, Boondall and Windsor. Rainfall is also causing problems on roads in Darra, Norman Park and Wacol.

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