There are a number of normal and good individual responses to a natural disaster. Escaping the affected area. Feeling empathy and sorrow for those affected. One response that is less good is making your way towards the affected area so you can get a HELLA SWEET disaster selfie.
It is neither appropriate nor respectful to attend these areas for the sole purpose of sightseeing. Moreover, it may be dangerous given the condition of the roads in and around the area as well as the general condition of the area as the recovery process moves forward.As the weekend approaches, unless you are entering flood affected areas to provide community support, which is greatly appreciated by those affected, police ask that you consider the circumstances of our community members and not enter the disaster area.Police are actively patrolling flood affected areas and you will be turned away if you are attending as a disaster tourist; not only for your own safety but also so that the community can focus on the recovery effort.