North Queensland hit with flash flooding
UPDATE: Goldsborough Valley residents may have a difficult journey home with Peets Bridge currently under water.
The Mulgrave River has been steadily rising all day and Cairns Regional Council's live cameras from the site show the bridge is now submerged.
Emergency services are continuing to issue warnings about avoiding flooded waterways around the region.
A Bureau of Meteorology spokesman said the highest 24-hour rainfall totals for the Far North until 9am this morning included Japoonvale (353mm), Mena Vale (291mm) and Tung Oil (244mm).
YARRABAH has been cut off while several suburban streets around Edmonton and Gordonvale are also under water as heavy rain continues to fall across the city.
Flash flooding caused the closure of Pine Creek Rd earlier today with motorists warned to avoid the area and expect delays.
Water levels at Peets Bridge in Goldsborough are continuing to rise and residents are urged to monitor the Cairns Regional Council's camera at the site prior to travelling to the area.
It can be found here: http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/community-environment/natural-disasters/flooding/flood-cam
Minor flood warnings have been issued for the Mulgrave, Russell, Tully and Murray Rivers.
UPDATE: ROADS across Far North Queensland are expected to be flooded today and tomorrow as heavy showers continue in the region.
Delays are expected on both lanes of Vic Sivyer Bridge on South Johnstone Rd at Boogan.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads has advised all lanes have been affected by floodwaters rising over the bridge.
The department's website recommends using an alternative route.
Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Annabelle Ford said hundreds of millimetres of rain had fallen overnight.
"The bulk of the rain overnight fell between Cairns and Tully," she said.
"Japoonvale near Innisfail had the highest amount of rain, with 345mm falling."
She said it didn't look like the rain would shift any time soon.
"We expect the rain will keep going because there's a coastal and upper trough that are both enhancing the rain," she said.
"It looks like those troughs will be sticking around for at least today and tomorrow."
She said 200mm-300mm of rain was likely anywhere in the Far North today.
"There's a flood watch between Cooktown and Rollingstone (north of Townsville)," she said.
"There's also a flood warning for the Tully and Murray Rivers."
Drivers are reminded to drive to the conditions and avoid driving on flooded roads.
Pine Creek Yarrabah Road
Heavy rain - Both lanes affected with delays expected. Do not drive in flood waters.
South Johnstone Road, Boogan
Flash flooding- Water over Vic Sivyer Bridge, South Johnstone Road.
All lanes affected in both directions with delays expected. Use alternative route
Gillies Range Road
Debris on road - Tree down across Road. Lane or lanes reduced in both directions with no delays expected. Proceed with caution
Warner Road, Gordonvale
Water over road due to heavy rain - Road closed to all traffic in both directions with delays expected. Do not drive in flood waters.
Peninsula Developmental Road, Coen
Flooding of river - Road closed to all traffic in both directions towards Weipa with long delays expected. Do not drive in flood waters
Daintree River, Mossman River, Mulgrave and Russell Rivers, Johnstone River, Tully River, Murray River, Herbert River.
(Last 24 hours)
South Mission Beach: 132mm
EARLIER: Residents are being urged to heed warnings and stay away from swollen waterways as a major weather event impacts the Far North over the next two days with some areas already recording 150mm to 220mm in the six hours overnight.
Falls of up to 300mm have been predicted to occur in some spots and flood watches have been issued for every river between the Cassowary Coast and Mossman.
Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Rick Threlfall said a slow-moving south-easterly change was behind the predicted downpour, which is expected to soak the region today and tomorrow.He said the Cassowary Coast would cop the brunt of it but rainy conditions would extend between Cardwell and Cooktown.
Cairns police Senior Sergeant James Coate pleaded with residents to stay safe while reiterating the "if it's flooded, forget it" message.
"We are in the wet season and these types of weather events do regularly occur, but we would just ask people not to take unnecessary risks and put themselves, their families or emergency services in danger," he said.
Last night the flood watch included the Mossman, Daintree, Mulgrave, Russell, Johnstone, Tully, Murray and Herbert rivers.
A strong wind warning was also in place for the Cairns coast today.
A storm warning had also been issued for the Tablelands including Mareeba, Atherton and Millaa Millaa, with concerns over flash flooding.