Rubber Necker’s Stay Home and Tourists, Stagger your Journey

People in areas affected by Cyclone Debbie should stay off the roads for as long as possible today to allow emergency services to respond to their jobs as quickly as possible and Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey says that message is key.

storm damage debbie“While the temptation might be there to visit friends or family or even drive around out of curiosity, it was best to delay any non-essential travel.”

“As much as possible, we’re asking people to stay off the road in Cyclone Debbie affected areas just to keep the roads clear for our hard-working emergency services personnel.”

Mr Bailey says if you don’t need to be on the road, please stay at home.

“Even if the worst of the Cyclone Debbie related weather has passed you by.”

Mr Bailey says the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ crews would also be out on the network to check roads and infrastructure for damage as soon as it was safe to do so.

“The QLDTraffic website, app or phone line is the ultimate source for road closure and traffic information from the ground.”

“QLDTraffic has timely, reliable and accurate traffic and travel information which is regularly updated by the department.

“If you live in any area affected by Cyclone Debbie or related severe weather, it is essential you use this service when planning your trip.”

“Don’t head out and be caught off-guard by damaged or flooded roads when a simple check of QLDTraffic would have saved you.”

“Even if it appears flooded has subsided, these closed roads might have sustained damage that you just can’t see.”