2PM UPDATE: 

Murphy Street is closed to traffic and residents are urged to avoid the area.

A geotechnical engineer has completed an inspection today.

Numerous slips have occurred along Murphy Street and some gully failures  have resulted in mud flows.

QFES Rapid Assessment Team have also attended and conducted an on site assessment.

Broken mains power conduit has been exposed and Ergon are undertaking an inspection to determine status of the power.

Once Ergon have cleared the site works will commence on removing trees from the roadway.

Works will then proceed on cleaning up the mud flow.

Temporary concrete toe blocks will be installed at the base of the slope and gabion baskets installed in the gullies as an interim measure to prevent further movement of dirt and mud.

 

EARLIER:

A GEOTECHNICAL engineer has been flown to Port Douglas via helicopter to assess multiple mudslides and landslips in Murphy Street.

Douglas Shire Council staff conducted an initial post-event assessment and determined a specialist engineer would be required to inspect the area.

This is to ensure surrounding properties are as safe as possible before clearing works begin.

The road has been closed to all traffic until further notice.

Mayor Julia Leu said the street was one of many areas across the shire impacted by heavy rainfall on the weekend.

“This was a huge downpour and our region has been truly tested,” she said.

“We have seen landslides impact areas from north of Ellis Beach right up to our northern boundary at the Bloomfield River.”

 

“Port Douglas in particular copped huge rainfall and suffered extensive flooding that inundated car parks and closed businesses.

“It is a credit to our emergency services personnel and Council staff who have been on the ground answering everyone’s calls for help.

More than 400mm of rainfall has been recorded in the Daintree and Mossman River catchments in the past two days.

Port Douglas recorded 593mm in the 24 hours to 9am this morning.

Significant flooding of the Daintree River has forced the Daintree Ferry to be out of service and secured to the river and land-based moorings.

The last time this was required was during major flooding 2014.

The ferry is expected to resume normal service once it is deemed safe to operate in the river this afternoon.

Members of the public are encouraged to stay up to date with flooding, road conditions and all other emergency information at Douglas Shire Council’s Community Dashboard at http://dashboard.douglas.qld.gov.au/