PREPARE NOW – Kowanyama Shire – flood as at 4:00pm Wednesday, 20th December 2023

Dec 20, 2023

Warning level: ADVICE

Warning area: Kowanyama

Water in the Mitchell River Catchment is rising quickly. Flooding is likely within the upcoming days, particularly in low-lying areas. People in the following areas should prepare now in case it starts to flood:

  • Southern End of Kowanyama Street
  • Southern End of Chellikee Street
  • Arwin Amay Street
  • Inaruwel Street

Potential Impacts:

  • River and creek levels are quickly rising in Mitchell River Catchment.
  • There will be some flooding near the river and creeks.
  • Some roads could be flooded, making it dangerous to drive.

Next Steps:

  • Decide if you and the people you live with will leave if floodwaters get close to your house.
  • If you have children make sure they are with you or a responsible adult.
  • Warn friends, family and neighbours in the area. Help others if you can.
  • Lift important things onto benches, tables, high shelves or upstairs.
  • Make sure you have enough food, drinking water, medicine and pet food for up to five days.
  • Charge mobile phones now.
  • If you find it hard to move quickly leaving early is safer than waiting. Call your support service, a family member or a friend to help.
  • Stay away from rivers and creeks.
  • Stay informed because conditions could change overnight:

More Information:

  • For Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council updates, visit Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council’s Facebook page.
  • Stay informed by signing up for our Council’s alert system. Text “updates” to 0428 386 304 to receive timely updates and emergency alerts.
  • For weather warnings go to Bureau of Meteorology Queensland warnings page.
  • For power outage information, go to Ergon.
  • For traffic information and closed roads, go to QLD Traffic or call 13 19 40.

The next update will be sent when the situation changes.

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