Annabel Bowles

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Cairns kids close to being swept into floodwater


Flood camera footage in Edmonton shows young children dangerously close to being swept into a large culvert during yesterday's downpours.

The image taken at McKinnon Creek Detention Basin yesterday afternoon is a timely reminder of the risk of entering floodwaters, with a forecast of further heavy rainfall later today.  



Local Disaster Management Group Chair Terry James said the children would have been seriously injured, if not killed, if they had lost their footing.

“The photos are quite alarming, actually,” Cr James said.

“While this may look innocent enough, kids just having fun, there’s a real and serious risk for anyone entering flood waters, creeks and drains.

“As we have seen over the past 48 hours, the wet season can bring sudden downpours leading to significant amounts of fast-flowing water rushing into our water systems.

“Residents, especially children, playing in or near flood waters, can be quickly swept away, be injured by debris or drown if they become trapped.

“What starts off as some hijinks can be fatal.”

Once spotted on the flood cameras about 4pm yesterday, two groups of about a dozen children and young adults were moved on by Council officers.

While heavy rain associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Imogen is tracking south of the region, the chance of isolated storm activity remains for the rest of the week.

Council crews are currently clearing fallen or damaged trees and inspecting drains and roads.

Cr James said that while there hasn’t been any major road damage, potholes will continue to appear over coming days, and residents should drive with care.

Residents can quickly report damage to infrastructure via the Report a Problem feature of the My Cairns app, or by ringing Customer Service on 1300 69 22 47.