Ongoing rain throughout the Toowoomba Region has left the countryside wet and green however, it has also had a major impact on the local road network.
With about 30 road closures throughout the Region (as of 1 December) Mayor Paul Antonio has urged residents to be cautious when travelling on the roads.
“We’ve had substantial rain over the past week and as a result our Local Disaster Management Group moved to the Lean Forward activation level last night,” he said.
“While we’re confident our staff are well-positioned to monitor the current weather event, we made the decision to move to ‘Lean Forward’ to ensure we carefully managed conditions.
“Our crews are out and about inspecting the road network and as waters subside over the coming days we will being re-opening roads, when it is safe to do so.
“While it may appear that some roads and bridges are safe to cross when there is little water on the surface, we need to check whether there is any structural damage before we re-open these to the public.
“To make sure our community is safe my message is clear – don’t travel unnecessarily and if it’s flooded forget it.
“No matter how busy you are, it’s not worth taking the risk of driving into flood water.
“Repairs to the road network will some take time to complete and we thank motorists for their patience while this work is carried out over the coming weeks.
“We’re also encouraging people to let us know of any damaged roads they come across, as this helps us prioritise repairs and divert crews to the appropriate areas.”