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Flood Watch – no cause for immediate alarm

10th March 2020

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued a Flood Watch for the Cape York Peninsula and coastal catchments south to Mackay.

Flooding is possible from Wednesday across parts of the Flood Watch area.

Widespread heavy rainfall is possible from Wednesday, associated with the likely development of a tropical low / cyclone in the Coral Sea and a separate area of heavy rainfall moving up the east coast.

Rainfall totals over northern parts of the Flood Watch area are very dependent on the location, development and movement of the tropical system. At this stage, it is likely that the system will move southeastwards away from the Queensland coast which would lead to an easing of rainfall from Friday.

Catchments within the Flood Watch area are relatively wet from rainfall over recent weeks and will therefore be more responsive to heavy rainfall, with riverine flooding possible from Wednesday.

Localised flooding and disruption to transport routes is possible throughout the Flood Watch area, particularly in the areas of heaviest rainfall.

This is a watch only and there is no cause for alarm. Be aware of expected heavy weather and monitor the BOM for any further notices or warnings.

The Local Disaster Management Group will monitor the situation and will attend to all necessary preparations including sandbag distribution in accordance with normal practice, should circumstances warrant.

In the meantime, residents should check their emergency kits ensuring that they have adequate supplies should the need arise.

Visit Council's How to be Prepared page for more information.

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