Man dies at Kilcoy after driving into floodwaters
UPDATE: Emergency services are desperate for motorists to heed warnings against driving into flooded sections of road after the death of a man at Kilcoy.
Police only had basic details of the tragedy, which occurred on Mary Smokes Ck Rd, east of Kilcoy, about 4pm.
A spokesman confirmed the man's vehicle had been swept from the road after driving into floodwater.
Meanwhile, Toowoomba motorists showed little regard for past tragedies by driving into floodwater at the intersection of James and Kitchener Sts earlier today.
Firefighters and nearby residents were shocked by some drivers who risked their lives by crossing the flooded junction where Donna and Jordan Rice were swept to their deaths in January 2011.
A James St resident, who only wanted to be known as Ray, watched from his balcony as chaotic scenes unfolded shortly before 1pm.
He saw a Peugeot sedan follow other vehicles into the floodwater before it lost momentum and stopped in the middle of the intersection.
A passing truck driver stopped to hook a chain on the stricken car before pulling it out of danger and west along James St.
Ray said he was stunned to see other vehicles of similar size then drive through the intersection.
Toowoomba firefighter Station Officer Stewart Lange warned people not to drive through flood waters.
"We all know what happens when people do that," he said.
Highway, roads shut down as big wet hits Toowoomba
EARLIER: Police have reopened the intersection of James and Kitchener Sts after localised flooding receded to a safer level.
A landslip closed one lane of the New England Hwy at Mt Kynoch earlier but it has since been cleared.
EARLIER: Today's big wet is causing havoc across Toowoomba with authorities forced to close streets across the city due to localised flooding.
A swift water rescue team was called to the intersection with fears someone has become caught in the fast-flowing floodwaters. The occupant of a stalled car removed themselves from the water.
The intersection remains open to heavy vehicles.
Mackenzie St and Long St in Toowoomba have also been closed.
The Brisbane Valley Hwy at Gallanani Creek between Esk and Toogoolawah has been closed due to flooding. Police are on site.
Below is a list of road closures in Toowoomba:
- Long Street, either side of the creek at Mackenzie Street
- South Street, either side of the creek at Mackenzie Street
- Kitchener Street at James Street.
- Mackenzie Street, between South and Mackenzie Streets
- Mackenzie Street between Debra and Ballin Streets
- MacDougall Street, either side of the creek at South Street
- Boundary Street, between Bridge and Beacon Streets
- Greenwattle Street, between South Street and Glenvale Road
- Hermitage Road, between Bedford Street and Boundary Street
- Hermitage Road, between Tor and Mort Streets
- Mort Street, between Hermitage Road and Hogg Streets
- Horton Street, between Kitchener Streets and the creek
- Boundary Street, between Beacon and Carrol Streets
For a full list of major road closures, phone the Department of Main Roads on 131 940.
Residents seeking State Emergency Service assistance should call 132 500.
EARLIER: A severe weather warning for heavy rainfall has been issued for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt.
At 10am today a slow moving upper low as situated across central Queensland. It is expected to move slowly eastwards today and begin weakening tonight.
There are reports of creeks flooding in Toowoomba, forcing some roads closed.
In excess of 200mm of rain is expected in some parts of south-east Queensland. Up to 100mm has already fallen in parts of the Lockyer Valley over the past 24 hours.
>> read the full weather warning here
EARLIER: It is hard enough as it is to get out of bed on a Monday morning without Mother Nature throwing an absolute drenching Toowoomba's way.
And it seems as though the rain has well and truly set in with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting the grey, wet conditions to hang around until at least Thursday.
Rainfall has been constant so far with rain gauges around the region, particularly in Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley, beginning to fill.
Some parts of Toowoomba have already recorded up to 25mm in 24 hours.
Gatton has recorded 27mm while Helidon and Upper Lockyer have had rainfalls up to 18mm.
Let us know how much has fallen at your place in the comments below.