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Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor and Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management GroupJenny Whitney said the Tropical Cyclone Ita has passed over the Whitsunday region and is moving south.
Mayor Whitney said the rainfall has been exceptionally heavy in a short period of time resulting in localised flooding and a number of road closures across the region due to water being over roads.
“The Bruce Highway remains closed at Merinda north of Bowen, 6 kilometres south of Bowen and also north of Proserpine,” Mayor Whitney said.
“There have been three swift water rescues of people trapped in flood water attempting to crosscut roads.
“This is a reminder to everyone not to drive through flood water, if it’s flooded forget it.
“There has also been one helicopter rescue of a family trapped by flood water.
“The Don River reached moderate flood levels and peaked at 8pm, at 5.3 metres.
“We understand some houses and businesses in Bowen have been affected by flooding.
“Peter Faust Dam, at Proserpine, is currently at 96.3 per cent capacity and is 0.4 metre below the spillway.
“Further reports of damage and flooding will become clearer over the evening and tomorrowmorning,” she said.
For up to date information on regional road closures call 13 19 40 or visit 131940.qld.gov.au
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