Authorities warn drivers to take care in the wet
AUTHORITIES are warning people to take care on the road as the heavy wet weather takes hold across south-east Queensland ahead of the long weekend.
Rain is falling steadily across the region and while farmers will welcome the drink, authorities are asking people to be careful in the event of flash flooding.
Emergency Management Assistant Commissioner Steve Grant said residents should be aware of the risks and take steps to ensure they are prepared for prolonged severe weather.
"Heavy rainfall and flash flooding are part of the Queensland summer experience but make sure you aren't caught out," Mr Grant said.
"In particular we want to remind pedestrians and motorists in affected areas: if it's flooded, forget it."
The Bureau of Meteorology have issued a general weather warning for the south-east including the Lockyer and Brisbane Valleys for heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, continuing today.
The heaviest rain is currently over Brisbane with falls of up to 80mm but all areas should be prepared.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
- Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
- Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
- For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
Lockyer Valley Regional Council is also asking people to take care on the roads.
"Slow down, drive to conditions, watch for large water puddles and drive with your lights on," the council said in a statement.
The forecast for the weekend is for rain easing to showers with a shower or two and a possible storm on Monday for Australia Day.