Harry Balmforth looks out from his veranda, where people often end up after driving into floodwaters on his street.
Harry Balmforth looks out from his veranda, where people often end up after driving into floodwaters on his street. Renee Pilcher

Flood victims plead for help

NOOSA Rd resident Harry Balmforth is getting a little tired of visitors in the middle of the night.

He says they are usually wet, shivering and in shock.

His late-night guests are usually accident victims from Noosa Rd which floods just about every time there is torrential rain.

Mr Balmforth said part of the road has never been signed with warnings.

"A fella could have died," Mr Balmforth said this week.

He was talking about a man who had driven into water that completely submerged his 4WD LandCruiser on Saturday night.

The man was trying to get home after he heard the Bruce Hwy was cut and had asked advice on how to get through - that advice led him to drive up O'Keefe Rd and turn left onto Noosa Rd, go past Mr Balmforth's home and down a hill straight into floodwaters.

"He had to climb out of the window, good thing it was open," he said.

"He crawled up my hill to my veranda, my wife offered him coffee but he was in shock. I was in bed at the time.

"He was in a bit of a state, I took him home in my PJs."

Mr Balmforth said barricades and signs warned motorists of flooding on Noosa Rd at the intersection of O'Keefe Rd just past the Mothar Mountain Speedway, but more signs were needed to warn motorists of flooding turning left out of O'Keefe Rd.

"There's no sign saying no through road, and there's just as much water on that side as the other," he said.

It's not the first time, Mr Balmforth said, the same thing happened a year ago - that man also came to Mr Balmforth's veranda soaking wet.

"We need a sign on the other side. You can't blame him, it's downhill and you go into the water. It's getting a bit out of hand. I've been to the council but they said they'd let someone know," he said.

"It's happened twice, it's only me they can come to. They should put a sign up there."

Gympie Disaster Management Group chairman Tony Perrett said there were not enough signs to for every part of road that flooded in the Gympie Region.

Councillor Perrett advised motorists to take care, slow down and drive slowly on roads that were subject to flooding like Noosa Rd.

"Drive to conditions and be careful particularly when it is dark," Cr Perrett warned.

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