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Flash flood warning for Ingham

Waves rolled through Ingham central during the 2009 floods.

A FLASH flood warning has been issued for Ingham with severe weather expected to batter the north later today.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says heavy rainfall will start this afternoon – continuing overnight and into tomorrow.

Areas from Cooktown down to Ingham in the north of Queensland are at risk of flooding.

Today Hinchinbrook Shire Council issued a statement warning people to be prepared for the worst case scenarios.

Media officer Roslyn Di Mauro said: ‘At this stage, residents are urged to monitor the BOM website – www.bom.gov.au/warnings – for further warnings and updates.

‘Heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding is forecast to develop about the north tropical coast between Cooktown and Ingham during Monday afternoon or evening of 4 January and continue into Tuesday.

‘This may be an appropriate time for you to consider your ‘what if’ to ensure you are ready if the threat of flooding eventuates.

‘You will find information on how to be ready on council’s website ‘Disaster and Emergency Information’ page.

‘Hinchinbrook Local Disaster Management Group is monitoring the situation and will issue relevant notices to residents if required.’

Council’s recommended emergency kit includes:

  • A mobile phone and charger/car adaptor
  • Fresh water for three days
  • First aid kit
  • Torch
  • Batteries
  • Important documents in sealed bags
  • Cash
  • Sturdy gloves
  • Essential medications
  • Portable radio
  • Toiletries
  • Three days worth of non-perishable food and can opener.

For more information go to: www.hinchinbrook.qld.gov.au/community-environment/disaster-and-emergency-information/

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