Queensland cops deluge

The State’s peak motoring body has issued a reminder to motorists not to enter floodwaters, with much of Queensland having copped a deluge over the past 24 hours.

A record breaking 340mm fell in Bundaberg yesterday, bringing down trees and powerlines and caused flooding to low lying roads.

More than 200mm were recorded at Woodgate, northwest of Hervey Bay, and 50mm fell on the Gold Coast.

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said with the rain continuing, it was important motorists avoided any flood waters.

“Flood waters can be fast flowing and extremely powerful,” Ms Smith said.

“Driving through floodwaters is simply not worth the risk to your life or the lives of emergency personnel who have to come and rescue you.

“Delay your journey or find an alternative route. You can see all the latest road closures at the RACQ Road Conditions site.”

 

Several Queensland homes also suffered damage as a result of the downpour.

One woman told the Courier Mail the wind in Bundaberg resembled a “mini tornado”, tearing roofs from homes.

“It shook the whole house, there’s damage everywhere and I saw a trampoline in the middle of the road,” she said.

Ms Smith said RACQ encouraged any member affected to lodge a claim as soon as possible.

“The sooner we receive your claim, the faster we can start the process of helping you,” Ms Smith said.

The wet weather was set to continue today with storms predicted for the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. A minor flood warning for the Elliot River and a flood watch for the Dawson River remained in place.