Heavy vehicles gain access to flood-stricken region


Heavy vehicle access granted to flood-stricken region in northern Queensland which has been cut off for at least a week

Heavy vehicle access has been granted to a flood-stricken region in northern Queensland which has been cut off from supplies for at least a week.

Queensland Police today announced water levels outside Ingham have dropped low enough to allow certain vehicles to travel from Townsville to Ingham on the Bruce Highway.

Residents will be granted unfettered access, alongside trucks carrying goods to re-supply the affected area.

Emergency services vehicles and those involved in ongoing relief efforts have also been granted access.

Police have told vehicles wanting to reach Ingham to marshal on the Bruce Highway at Frosty Mango.

"Priority at this point will be given to trucks carrying goods aimed at re-supplying Ingham and to high clearance vehicles which are part of the ongoing relief effort or emergency services," a statement from the police service says.

However, vehicles needing to deliver supplies north of Ingham will still be denied access, with the police saying the Seymour River may not open today.

Heavy vehicle drivers wanting to leave Ingham have been told to drive to Townsville Road to await instructions from Road Tek—a division of Main Roads—and police.

Woolworths, which donated $150,000 to a disaster relief fund, says supermarket supplies throughout Queensland will be affected due to road and rail link closures.

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