Flash flooding to the south of Gympie on the Bruce Hwy and Traveston Crossing left the side of this road worse for wear.
Flash flooding to the south of Gympie on the Bruce Hwy and Traveston Crossing left the side of this road worse for wear.

Drivers risk lives in floods

WHILE most people know the dangers of driving into floodwaters, the message is still not getting through to some. During the weekend's flooding there was a car stuck in floodwaters at One Mile, Power Rd and a ute along Noosa Rd.

Gympie police said two men drove into water on Brisbane Rd and were not able to keep going; fortunately they were able to walk out of the water. At the height of the flood the car was almost completely submerged.

Meanwhile, Helen and Pat Miguel, who live on Noosa Rd said their area was notorious for flooding even when only a little bit of rain fell upstream in Six Mile Creek.

Yesterday they saw a ute almost completely submerged in floodwater along the road and wanted to warn people not to attempt to drive through.

"My husband saw a man and a woman wading out of the water heading out of town up Noosa Rd," Mrs Miguel said.

A broken down Mitsubishi Magna was inundated by floodwater at Power Rd. Police said the car was registered in New South Wales and the owner told police they pushed it to higher ground to avoid the flood, but did not realise the water would rise so high.

As for putting water craft in flood waters, police said it wasn't against the law, but if an operator of a vessel ended up in a rescue situation they could be charged.

Vessels must also stay under the six knot speed limit.

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