Please be advised that the Rex Highway between Mossman & Mount Molloy is closed due to a large number of landslides.
This road is closed indefinitely whilst extensive repairs are conducted.
Police would like to remind motorists to take extra care on the roads during whilst the far north is currently experiencing heavy rainfalls and localised flooding. Some roads may be closed or damaged due to the heavy rains.
Motorists are reminded that roads become greasy and dangerous in wet weather and they should adjust their driving to suit the conditions.
In the past 24 hours local police have responded to five traffic crashes in the Cairns area, with three crashes involving non-life threatening injuries.
Motorists should decrease speed, increase their braking distance and allowing extra time to get to their destinations.
To improve your visibility on the road we encourage motorists to turn their headlights on. Just remember to turn them off when you leave the vehicle.
Motorists are also urged to exercise patience on the roads. Traditionally there is a larger volume of traffic on our roads during wet weather as people who may normally walk, ride their bike or take public transport tend to drive to avoid getting wet in the rain.
Motorists have to use their common sense and drive to the conditions of the road.
Ensure you check the road for excess water when you are driving. During heavy rain pools of water can emerge on the roadway which in the past have been known to cause cars to aquaplane after contact.
Information regarding weather and road conditions can be located at the following sites
and police are urging members of the public to regularly check these locations for updates and advice:
• Bureau of Meteorology website www.bom.gov.au for up to date weather information, including up-coming forecasts;
• The Traffic and Travel information line on 13 19 40 or http://www.131940.qld.gov.au
• Monitor local councils and local radio stations for local information and updates
• QPS facebook site at http://www.facebook.com/QueenslandPolicehttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Queensland-Police-Service
Police continue to remind the community to avoid flooded roads, creeks and watercourses and remember that road closures and road conditions can change rapidly as creeks and water courses can rise and fall quickly.
Flood waters are inherently dangerous with unpredictable currents and unforeseen hazards. These are dangerous waters and should be avoided.
Do not risk your life, the lives of those in your vehicle and the lives of rescuers. Nothing is so important that you need to enter floodwaters.