Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Police Will Crack Down on Flooding Ignorance

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Police Will Crack Down on Flooding Ignorance

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DRIVERS who blatantly ignore road closed signs and police directions can expect to be fined or charged as the region readies for intense rainfall today.

Toowoomba Police Inspector Stephen Angus said extra officers would be on the roads monitoring the rain system which was forecast to bring up to 250mm this afternoon to tomorrow morning across the Darling Downs.

"Flash flooding is a possibility with some roads likely to be cut," Insp Angus said.

"If (the rain) comes down in a short period of time it becomes an issue with flooding, and there's a possibility of damaging wind gusts.

"The ground is wet so we probably can't take a whole lot more (rain) which means a lot more run-off which can exacerbate the situation."

He said the Local Disaster Management Group and the wider District Disaster Management Group were holding regular briefings on the weather, with the latest information to be released to the public when possible.

He urged the public to be prepared but not panic, aware that the torrential flooding that hit Toowoomba in 2011 remained "very strong" with most residents. …

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