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Nurse's car gets washed off road on way to work

Registered nurse Rupert Godwin ended up stuck between two flooding creeks at Kybong while attending to patients around the region on Monday.
Registered nurse Rupert Godwin ended up stuck between two flooding creeks at Kybong while attending to patients around the region on Monday. Tanya Easterby

PATIENT welfare is the first priority for Little Haven Palliative Care.

So much so, registered nurse Rupert Godwin risked his own life trying to get care to Little Haven clients on Monday.

He ended up getting caught on Tandur Rd at Kybong in between two rising creeks.

Knowing that local creeks were prone to flash flooding and having heard stories about people getting stuck between them while the Mary River cut roads to Gympie, Mr Godwin made a rash decision to try and cross the flooded causeway.

"Even though I was taking care, when I got in the water I knew I was done for," he said.

The car stalled and with the water lapping at the doors, Mr Godwin had to act quickly to retrieve all medical equipment before the car was washed off the road.

As water rose, locals came out of the woodwork and around a dozen people helped him push the car to higher ground.

Mr Godwin had been doing the rounds to prepare patients for isolation due to flooding.

Topics:  car flooding floods gympie little haven palliative care

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