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Weather warning for recently-devastated Wujal Wujal, FNQ downgraded following heavy rain

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A severe weather warning has been cancelled in a stretch of far-north Queensland covering the Aboriginal community of Wujal Wujal, with threats of another cyclone just weeks after devastating floods evacuated the town now easing.

The warning came amid a monsoon trough developing.

Airlifts to relocate Wujal Wujal residents to the nearby town of Cooktown began on December 19 in the fallout of flooding from Tropical Cyclone Jasper in the region.

On Friday the Bureau of Meteorology announced a since de-escalated threat of heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding identifying a 'warning area' from Port Douglas to Wujal Wujal, north of Cairns.

"Heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding is developing between an area from Port Douglas to Daintree, possibly extending northwards to Wujal Wujal by late morning," the BOM annoucned.

"Six-hourly rainfall totals between 140 and 180 mm are possible.

"The heavy rain risk will ease during this afternoon and evening."

Since 9am Thursday more than 200 mm of rainfall was recorded in surrounding Daintree and Mossman River catchments.

Just before 11am on Friday, the BOM cancelled the severe weather warning with heavy rainfall easing across the North Tropical Coast.

Further warnings could be issued if necessary with a slight chance of heavy rainfall in the region on Friday evening.

A U05 tropical low within a monsoon is a "low risk" of developing to a tropical cyclone 'in the Gulf of Carpentaria from Sunday onward, or in the Coral Sea early to mid-next week'.

Prior to the downgrade on Friday morning, Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council chief executive, Kiley Hanslow, said the community is still grappling with last month's destruction.

"We're still in the process of restoring essential services such as power, water and sewerage," Ms Hanslow told ABC.

She said the local medical clinic has not reopened and there are still masses of debris and "a lot of cleanup to be done".

Ms Hanslow said she is "not sure what will happen" as a result of the recent weather.

"I'm not sure what's going to happen whether or not some of that really great work will be undone here on the ground, given the amount of rain that has come down and is continuing to come down," she said.

"With this rain that's coming down, it may wash more mud down, more rocks, and undo a lot of those great efforts that have been happening on the ground here."

Many "homesick" residents remained displaced from their homes.

"We just wanted to make sure that homes are safe for people to return to once we do have all their services back up," Ms Hanslow said.

On Thursday, the Queensland waived waste levies in Wujal Wujal and Scenic Rim Regional councils to support recovery efforts.

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