LANDSLIDES IN MURPHY STREET, PORT DOUGLAS
Council officers have conducted an initial post-event assessment of multiple landslips and mudslides on Murphy Street, Port Douglas.
A geotechnical engineer will be flown into Port Douglas via helicopter to assess the damage and ensure surrounding properties are as safe as possible before clearing works can begin.
The assessment is needed to ensure any works do not cause a further risk to properties in the immediate area.
The road will be closed shortly. See photos below:
DAINTREE FERRY SERVICE DISRUPTED BY FLOODING:
The Daintree Ferry has been secured to the river and land-based moorings due to the significant flooding of the Daintree River.
The ferry will resume normal service once river conditions are safe to operate in.
Large amounts of water are still on roads leading to the ferry terminals.
There is water on the road at the Mossman-Daintree Road, which is closed.
The Daintree River is still too high, with the northern side of the ferry approach under water, and too fast-flowing to operate in.
It is expected the ferry could be back online sometime this afternoon.
Several land slips and damage to the Cape Tribulation-Bloomfield Road between Cape Tribulation and Wujal Wujal have been reported.
Similar damage has happened across Douglas Shire, including Port Douglas.
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LIMIT WATER USE
People are urged to strictly limit their water use to drinking and cooking.
Water treatment plants will start production soon, but storage levels will take a couple of days to back up.
The deluge has causes high turbidity levels that slows down the water treatment process, required to make clean and safe water.
Conserving water usage helps avoid a boil water notice and ensure adequate water supply.
Continued heavy rain in the Daintree and Mossman catchments means both rivers are in significant flood.
Rainfall totals up to 330mm have been recorded in the Daintree and Mossman River catchments in the last 24 hours.
Further heavy rainfall is possible today.
Douglas Shire Council staff and agency personnel have been responding to the developing situation through the weekend.
The Douglas Local Disaster Management Group has moved to STAND UP in response to the ongoing threat of flooding and impact to communities in the Douglas Shire.
The Daintree River reached 7.35m at 3am and is now falling.
The Daintree Ferry is secured and out of service until further notice.
The ferry will be back in service once river conditions are safe to operate in.
Police, Fire & QAS were notified and advised the ferry is out of service.
A high tide of 2.77metres is due at 6am and this will further impact river levels and the ability for rainfall to drain.
The Mossman River was 1.4 metres over the Mossman-Daintree Road.
Access from other areas has not been determined as yet.
As soon as possible and with daylight damage assessment can commence.
CAPTAIN COOK HIGHWAY
The highway has been closed to all traffic from Oak Beach to Palm Cove due to flooding and debris over road.
Alternate route between Palm Cove and Port Douglas via Rex Range is also closed due to flooding at Bushy Creek Julatten.
Rex Range is closed with local access only between Bushy Creek, Julatten and Captain Cook Highway at Mossman.
Wonga, Miallo and Daintree state schools have been closed today.
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