Driving through floodwaters is plain stupidity: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has pleaded with motorists to heed the warnings about driving through floodwaters after more than a dozen people were rescued overnight from south east Queensland roads.

ABC Online reported Swiftwater rescue crews pulled more than a dozen people from fast-rising floodwaters, after the region was drenched by rain.

RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie said authorities were frustrated drivers continued to ignore warnings.

“We’re sick and tired of hearing these reports. We all know about the dangers of driving through floodwaters, and yet we’re still seeing such huge numbers of rescues of people caught in the act,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Not only are you putting yourself at risk by driving into a flooded road, you’re putting the lives of emergency services at risk, who have to come and fish you out of the water.”

Ms Ritchie said the recent deluge meant many roads would have suffered serious damage and may not be able to be driven on.

“When you have this much water running over a road, it means the integrity of the road can be at risk,” she said.

“You just never know what’s happened to the road beneath when it’s been covered by water. Flood waters can quickly cause large potholes and sections of roads to wash away.

“If a road has been flooded recently, it’s vital we give authorities time to inspect the road before travelling on it again.”

Drivers can check for road closures at RACQ’s Road Conditions website.