Updated 9.45am Thursday
- There may be delays for the Daintree ferry experienced around low tide at 4pm today. The ferry channel was dredged again last night and the extent of delays at low tide, if any, will not be known until low tide approaches. To avoid being delayed, be aware that in a worst-case scenario the ferry may not be able to operate between 3-5pm.
- All roads in the shire are accessible but there may be still some with vegetation on them take care and drive to the prevailing conditions.
- Council has crews at Cowie Beach north of Cape Tribulation today and will continue to Bloomfield River today.
- south of the Bloomfield residents will have access through to the ferry and south by end of today.
- crews with chippers and access to backhoe will continue over the Easter break to clear all side roads north of the Daintree River.
Updated 4pm Wednesday
- The Daintree ferry is unable to make another crossing this afternoon until about 5.30pm due to the low tide. Further dredging works should ensure the ferry can operate continuously tomorrow. A further update will be provided in the morning.
Updated 2.30pm Wednesday
- The Daintree ferry and Cape Tribulation Rd is now open to all users, including tourists and tour operators.
Updated 10am Wednesday
- Douglas Shire Council IS NOT undertaking kerbside green waste collections.
- Free residential green waste disposal is available at Killaloe and Newell Beach transfer stations.
- Daintree Village residents have stockpiles of green waste on nature strips and in Council car parking spaces.
- The gates at the Daintree Village transfer station are being left open during the day and residents can take their green waste to this site.
Updated 9.30am Wednesday
- The Daintree Ferry is operational for LOCALS ONLY today.
- It will be operating as normal after the Daintree River in the vicinity of the ferry was dredged last night to remove sedimentation and sand.
- There may be delays around 3pm this afternoon due to low tide.
- Motorists need to take EXTREME CAUTION when negotiating the Alexandra Range due to mud on the road. Cape Tribulation Rd on the north side of the Daintree River is open for LOCALS ONLY today to enable works crews to remove the mud from the road on the Alexandra Range.
- The ferry will be open to the general public as usual from tomorrow morning.
Updated 4.30pm Tuesday
- the Daintree ferry should be able to operate from 6pm-midnight tonight and 6am until at least midday tomorrow FOR LOCALS ONLY due to tides.
- Tourists and tourism operators should be able to access the ferry from Thursday morning.
- A further update on the ferry’s operations will be provided in the morning.
- The Daintree ferry needs a tide height of at least 1.5m to operate at present. Check this websitehttp://tides.willyweather.com.au/qld/far-north/cape-kimberley.html for Cape Kimberley tide times and heights.
North of the Daintree River
- The Daintree ferry will be open for LOCALS ONLY from 5.30pm or 6pm this evening at the latest.
- Motorists need to take EXTREME CAUTION when negotiating the Alexandra Range due to mud on the road.
- Cape Tribulation Rd on the north side of the Daintree River is open for LOCALS ONLY for the next two days to enable works crews to remove the mud from the road on the Alexandra Range.
- Cape Tribulation Rd north of the Daintree River now has two lanes cleared of fallen trees all the way to Cape Tribulation.
- One lane is cleared from Cape Tribulation to Cape Tribulation Beach House. This is likely to be expanded to two lanes later today.
- Douglas Council Work Crew and contractors working on the north side of the Daintree River today includes three backhoes, two bobcats, two trucks, two woodchippers and a contracted treelopper.
- Council is working hard to get the road opened all the way to the Bloomfield River ASAP.
- The Mossman-Daintree Rd is now open to traffic all the way to Daintree Village.
- Dredging of the Daintree River will begin tonight to enable the ferry to be operational. Council is still waiting on the assessment from engineers and police to determine if Cape Tribulation Rd is safe to use for local residents as a priority. Local residents will not be able to access the ferry until given the all-clear by this road assessment. More info will be provided later this afternoon.
Updated 12.25pm Tuesday
IMPORTANT ERGON UPDATE
- Mowbray – Ergon working towards power back on Thursday evening. Delays due to flooding and access.
- Daintree River – Ergon working towards power back on Thursday evening. If no power, may fly generators in.
- Daintree north of river (only grid power Forest Creek Rd to Thornton Peak Drive) – Ergon working towards power back on Thursday evening. If no power, may fly generators in.
Updated 11.5am Tuesday
- Power is now on at Mowbray River Rd.
- CORRECTION: Free residential green waste disposal is available at Killaloe and Newell Beach transfer stations only until further notice. Cow Bay transfer station does not accept green waste.
Updated 10.45am Tuesday
- PLEASE DO NOT TURN UP TO THE FERRY WANTING TO GET OVER THE RIVER. The ferry is not operational at the moment and operators are attempting to fix the problem. Once fixed, it will be operational for WORK CREWS AND EMERGENCY VEHICLES ONLY. Engineers are conducting an assessment of Cape Tribulation Rd and hope to be able to open the ferry to LOCAL RESIDENTS ONLY this afternoon. An update of the road assessment and ferry operating times FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS ONLY will be provided when they are available. Please be considerate of the huge job ferry operators are doing and be patient so everyone can access the Daintree area safely.
- There is free residential green waste disposal at Killaloe, Newell Beach and Cow Bay transfer stations until further notice. Normal operating hours apply.
- Usual kerbside garbage collection services will resume at Forrest Creek and Daintree as soon as possible, when the roads are reopened.
updated 9.45am Tuesday
- Please be advised regarding the Daintree ferry, it is now operational for WORK CREWS AND EMERGENCY VEHICLES ONLY. Engineers are conducting an assessment of Cape Tribulation Rd and hope to be able to open the road and ferry to LOCAL RESIDENTS ONLY after midday. An update of this assessment will be provided later this morning. The ferry operating hours for LOCAL RESIDENTS ONLY will be posted as soon as it has been determined when the ferry will open for LOCAL RESIDENTS ONLY. Further information on access for other vehicles will be provided as soon as it becomes available.
updated 9.15am Tuesday
- The Daintree Ferry is now operational, however Cape Tribulation Road north of the river isn’t open except for work crews and emergency vehicles. Engineers are conducting an assessment of the road with the aim to open it at midday but the ferry can only operate for around 2.5 hours either side of high tide due to sand. Extra work crews, trucks, backhoe equipment and and wood chipping machines sent over the Daintree River this morning. An update on the road assessment will be provided later this morning.
- Ergon update – 140 customers remain off supply in the Mossman area (down from 1663) yesterday. Customers off are predominantly in Daintree Village and Mowbray where access has been difficult. Oak Beach and Wonga have had power restored.
- All water treatment plants operational with power restored to the Mossman Plant last night.
Updated 7pm Monday
Noah’s bridge is open and can be used.
Updated 5.30pm Monday
The Daintree ferry will not be operational today. Further work needs to be done before it can begin operations.
All missed garbage services now caught up from Friday and weekend except Daintree Village and Forest Creek.
Updated 10.45am Monday
- The Daintree ferry road remains closed from the southern turnoff. Mossman-Daintree Rd is still closed 1km north of the ferry turnoff
updated 10.15am Monday
- Daintree Ferry Rd now clear of power lines.
- Backhoe and trucks clearing mud from ferry road and entrance.
- Noah bridge will be ready for traffic and open in one hour.
- Other road closures remain in place.
- Update on ferry and power when known.
Updated 8am Monday
- Upper Daintree Rd closed as power lines down and fences all over the road.
- Douglas Creek Rd and Stewarts Creek Rd are open.
- Power lines remain down in Coral Sea Drive.
Updated 7.45pm Sunday
- All roads in the Douglas Shire are now passable – although debris is still remaining. A massive thank you to Council staff and the many residents who pitched in to work on their local roads and make this happen.
North of Daintree River
- The ferry road (Baileys Creek Rd) is closed due to power lines down. Please stay clear of these power lines and stay safe. Please do not attempt to get to the Daintree ferry. It is not running and it is not possible to cross the Daintree river.Updated 4.30pm Sunday
- Council is aiming for Noah’s Creek bridge to be open tomorrow afternoon. The inspection was completed this afternoon and some minor work is to be done tomorrow to ensure it is safe.
- There will be further updates on the ferry in the morning.
- There will be no further updates on power until in the morning
Updated 3.30pm Sunday
- Power is now back on in Mossman. Updates for other communities to follow as we find out more.
- Ferry unlikely to run tomorrow due to repairs and surrounding storm damage.
- A structural engineer will inspect damage to Noah Creek bridge either this afternoon or tomorrow. In the meantime it remains closed for safety precaution.
- There has been significant damage to infrastructure in Whyanbeel and Shannonvale.
Update 1pm Sunday
- 96 houses in Daintree Village, 2792 in Mossman and surrounding communities and 441 in Port Douglas without power.
- Helicopter left Mareeba with extra Mossman crews this morning and are patrolling the area to the north and south of Mossman.
- Three Ergon vehicles from Smithfield are due to arrive about 1pm.
- 10 additional Ergon staff arriving in Mossman tomorrow.
- Power expected to be on in Mossman about 2pm
Daintree Village update
- Daintree Village to Barretts now open – road clear.
- Phone lines in Daintree Village now working.
- Road from Barretts to ferry turnoff still closed.
- The Newell Beach transfer station is now open for waste free of charge 11am 13/4
- Minor flood levels continue to ease in the Daintree River.
- River levels have eased to below the minor flood level at Bairds and Daintree River.
- Mossman River levels continue to ease.
North of Daintree River
- Road from Noah Bridge to ferry crossing north of Daintree River is clear.
- Crews working to clear from Cape Trib Beach House to Noah Bridge.
- A path has been cleared along Forest Creek Rd.
- Work on side roads will begin once main road cleared.
- As the power is out in Mossman the water supply is being produced by generator power and as such cannot run at full capacity. Council asks the community for personal and household use only until power is restored (no hosing paths etc) 11am Sunday
Update 11am Sunday
- Ergon is flying extra crews into Mossman by helicopter as well as four trucks from Mareeba via Cairns to restore power.
- Mossman is priority for Ergon due to location of essential services.
- All other affected communities likely to be without power until at least tomorrow.More updates on power situation as we know them.
- Ergon will direct a crew to Spring Creek to clear power lines over road.
- Mossman-Daintree Rd closed just south of ferry turnoff due to fallen powerlines
- Council crews unable to access Mossman-Daintree Rd 2km north of ferry turnoff to clear trees due to fallen power lines.
- Daintree Village remains isolated.
- Ferry will not be operational for at least 24 hours.
- Crews and residents north of the Daintree River working to clear road with trees down in multiple locations.
- Police have closed Noah Creek bridge due to damage from debris.
- Residents can take green waste to Killaloe transfer station for free until further notice.
- The next update will be about 2pm today.
updated 8.30pm 12/4
- More than 2500 homes in Douglas Shire remain without power including 2000+ in Mossman, Cooya Beach, Newell Beach, Miallo and Wonga Beach, almost 500 in the Port Douglas area and 100 in Daintree township.
- Ergon has a crew in Mossman as a priority.
- Council has requested a timeline on repairs and will update in mother morning
- Daintree River peaked at Daintree township at 10.5 metres this afternoon compared to 11.8 metres in 1996
- no reported structural flooding reported
- Daintree ferry out of operation for up to 48 hours due to flooding
- Highway from Cairns to Wonga Beach open
- Rex Range cut off
- Council and SES crews in Daintree have started with assistance from local residents
- cape Tribulation Rd cut off at multiple locations
- Port Douglas and Mossman crews activated from 7am tomorrow
- No reported storm tide surge damage and very few structural damage reports
- Daintree River at Daintree township peaked recently at similar level to 1996 March flood level
- Ergon is working to restore power in Mossman
- highway open from Cairns to Mossman
- powerlines down in Macrossan St people urged to avoid area
Extreme flooding event for the Daintree river in the next few hours expected to reach similar levels as 1996 at Daintree township with a peak of 11.81m. The river has already peaked upstream at Bairds above the 1996 level. Rainfall totals of up to 400mm recorded across the catchment in the 24 hours to 9am Saturday. Further areas of heavy rainfall of between 50mm to 100mm forecast for the Daintree River catchment in the next 24 hours.
Road north of Daintree River to Cape Tribulation cut in multiple locations clean up will not occur until cyclone threat has passed. Ferry not operational due to flooding for at least 24 hours.
Power out in Mossman, Cooya Beach, Wonga Beach, Newell Beach, Craiglie, Miallo and parts of Port Douglas.
People urged to stay off the roads due to flooding and significant winds expected in next few hours south of the river.
Powerlines down at Mossman and in Macrossan St, Port Douglas. People are urged to avoid being on the roads.
North Mossman flooded. Mowbray flooded. Barretts Creek flooded.
No reported storm surge damage. Local Disaster Coordination Centre will not be activated until at least in the morning (Sunday).
If you require assistance for storm damage call the SES on 132 500.
- See Council’s Facebook page for regular updates.