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Residents and visitors to far north Queensland are being urged to stay out of floodwaters following six swift water rescues in the past few days.

Far north Queensland has received a drenching with 250 millimetres of rain recorded in Innisfail and Tully, south of Cairns, in the 24 hours to 9:00am today.

It has caused many rivers to reach minor and moderate flood levels.

Clint Tunnie, who is in charge of Queensland Fire and Emergency Service's special operations, said authorities had carried out half a dozen swift water rescues in the past few days, leading them to issue a warning.

"Whenever our guys enter into these wet weather environments you always are looking at these uncontrolled environments, obviously there is a lot of debris running down the rivers," Mr Tunnie said.

He also said two boats lost their moorings and almost drifted into the Johnstone River yesterday.

One of the owners on one of the boats had to be woken from his sleep.

"There is a number of risks our crews are facing whenever they go out and deal with that, it's not only the risks we can observe but there are the underwater risks as well," he said.

"The way the water moves, the speed and the velocity that it comes through these creeks and rivers is something to be held in awe whenever we are working in these areas.

"It's really common sense, if weather warnings are released try and avoid the area if you can."

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting more rain today.

ABC