Move to higher ground – watch and act flood

Flood as at 6.45am, Sunday 17 December 2023.

This warning is from the Cairns Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG).

Residents near the Barron River in the following places must move to high ground away from creeks and rivers:

  • Caravonica
  • Lake Placid
  • Kamerunga

Water in the Barron River is rising quickly and there is widespread flooding.

Do not expect emergency services to come to your door.

If your life is in danger, call Triple Zero (000) immediately. For flood and storm emergency help, call the SES on 132 500.

Impacts in your area

  • The Barron River is at 12.29 metres at Lake Placid and rising.
  • Roads and bridges will be closed due to flooding.
  • Evacuation routes might be cut off. You could be stuck.
  • Power, phones, internet and water might stop working.
  • Public transport could stop soon.

What you should do

  • Go and stay in a safe place on higher ground away from creeks and rivers. This could be with family or friends.
  • If you find it hard to move quickly leave as soon as you can. If you do not drive, call your support service, a family member or a friend to organise transport.
  • Decide how you will get to your safe place. If you come to a flooded road, turn around and go another way. Do not drive through floodwater.
  • Take your pets, pet food, pet lead or crate, mobile phone, charger, enough clothes for five days, important documents (like identification, insurance papers and passports), medicine, cash and keys with you.
  • If you have very young children, pack enough nappies for up to five days, wipes, bottles, formula or baby food. Plan to not have a fridge or microwave.
  • If you have children make sure they stay with you or a responsible adult.

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