STRANDED: Despite countless warnings, two young men drove their vehicle into Deep Creek flood waters on East Deep Creek Road yesterday, becoming stranded in the middle of the crossing.
STRANDED: Despite countless warnings, two young men drove their vehicle into Deep Creek flood waters on East Deep Creek Road yesterday, becoming stranded in the middle of the crossing. Renee Pilcher

Men stranded in flood waters

IT seemed to be a case of “have snorkel can dive”, when two young men drove a Land Rover Discovery into Deep Creek flood waters on East Deep Creek Road yesterday at about 2.45pm.

Stranded in the middle of the crossing, the men scrambled onto the roof of the vehicle as they and bystanders watched the four-wheel-drive slowly sink beneath them.

A local fire and rescue crew was dispatched to the scene.

Fortunately, the water, at least 1.5 metres deep, was not flowing swiftly and the men were in no apparent danger, eventually jumping off the four-wheel-drive and swimming to the western side of the road.

A tow truck managed to winch the vehicle out.

Despite constant warnings and reminders by police for motorists to not drive through flooded crossings, this has been the latest of several incidents involving seemingly foolhardy behaviour at flooded crossings.

Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace emphasised this week how important it was for motorists to take extreme care travelling on roads in flood-affected parts of the region.

“Don’t drive on roads covered with water,” he said.

“You never know what’s underneath.

“There could be large pot holes.

“Some roads may have been washed away and others may be blocked by debris.

“Even motorists in 4WDs and high-clearance vehicles aren’t safe in these extreme conditions.”

Meanwhile, the Mary River peaked in Gympie overnight at 13.64 metres, allowing Mary Street business owners to breathe a collective sigh of relief.

Many of the region’s roads were still flooded but receding slowly, with Kidd Bridge still closed late yesterday afternoon.

Yesterday morning at Bell’s Bridge, the Mary River was just lapping over the edge of the bridge, but not causing any major hold-ups as all categories of vehicles were still able to traverse the bridge without problems.

At 4.04pm yesterday, the river level at Gympie was 12.25 metres and falling; at that point still 2.35 metres above the Kidd Bridge.

The river at Miva was still on the rise at 2.10pm yesterday at 9.85 metres below Dickabram Bridge.

Local weather watchers are saying that it is now, with the ground sodden, dams full or overflowing, underground aquifers topped up and creeks and rivers swollen, that a major flood is likely should another intense rain system occur.

While rain should ease by tomorrow, a separate weather system is expected to bring showers and thunderstorms to the Wide Bay Burnett region this weekend.

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