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Flooding in North Queensland's Lower Herbert is expected to peak this afternoon after heavy rainfall.

The warning comes just a week after the area was isolated by floodwaters and Ingham streets inundated after heavy rain from ex-tropical Cyclone Imogen.

Swiftwater rescue, water police and SES crews are on standby as residents, particularly in the Halifax area, brace for localised flooding again.

Hinchinbrook Shire Council Mayor Ramon Jayo said he expected people in Halifax, Macknade, Lucinda and Taylors Beach to be isolated for at least a day.

He said he hoped people had replenished their supplies after last week's flooding.

"The river did not really recede to where we would have liked it to have been after last week's event," Cr Jayo said.

"All this rain has just really made the rises quite rapid."

The Department of Transport and Main Roads said Ingham Abergowrie Road is closed to all traffic at various points due to water over the road.

The council said the Abergowrie Bridge and the Anabranch Bridge are flooded.

The Halifax Washaway is also closed.

Meanwhile, drivers have experienced delays after the Bruce Highway was closed between Ingham and Cardwell due to a truck crash.

No one was injured in the crash.

Flooding at Halifax

The weather bureau recorded between 80 and 100 millimetres of rain in the middle and lower parts of the Herbert River catchment in the 24 hours prior to 10:00am.

It has issued a major flood warning for the Herbert River and said major flooding was possible at Halifax.

Cr Jayo said the most recent information from the weather bureau indicated flooding in the Herbert River would peak this afternoon.

"We should be expecting a peak of about 5.26 metres at Halifax towards mid-Tuesday afternoon," he said.

"At the Ingham Pump Station we are not expecting the flood peak to get any higher than the moderate level which is 11 metres.

"There's no need to panic."

He believed most residents would be well prepared.

Deciding to leave early

Halifax resident Kelly Rees said she made it across theAnabranch Bridge before it was closed to reach her partner's house in Ingham.

"I've left Halifax now and have my parents and son still out there," she said.

Ms Rees said she decided to travel early to ensure she could get to work.

Last week, her father used a boat to cross the river to reacha friend's house before heading to his job in the mines.

"It's still a bit dangerous. There's lots of big logs in the water so if you don't have to do it, it's definitely not recommended," she said.

He's expected home in a few days.

Ms Rees said her family would stay entertained during the isolation.

"Netflix, movies, we have a pub in Halifax and we've got the local supermarket which is good if they run low on supplies."

Same roads flood year after year

Lucinda Point Hotel Motel owner Trent O'Neill said he had stocked plenty of beer in preparation for the wet season.

"You always make sure you have three weeks on hand just in case something goes wrong," Mr O'Neill said.

He said he was grateful residents and stranded "out-of-towners" had supported his business over the past week as travellers had cancelled bookings.

"We had two decent functions cancel because people aren't confident bringing family and friends up if they get caught here," he said.

"It was a bit of a dampener."

He said residents tended to like being isolated because they could not go to work.

"Last week was the best flood we've had in terms of tradeit dropped off a lot but I can remember last year or the year before and we just had no-one around."

Mr O'Neill said he understood the wet season was "part and parcel" of living in the tropics but hoped governments would do more to ease the burden.

"You get cranky sometimes because the same road floods over and over each year," he said.

"I feel like if we were down in Brisbane or something ... if you got flooded in for a couple of days you wouldn't have this."

The weather bureau has forecast continued shower and thunderstorm activity for the region over the next few days.