Last night emergency services teams carried out several swiftwater rescues as heavy storms in South East Queensland caused flash flooding that swept away people.
Rescue teams found a man and woman clinging on to a tree after being drifted 100 metres away in floodwaters at Morayfield area, north of Brisbane.
Paramedics reported that the couple had been camping for some days near a creek when the floodwaters swept their mattress from the camping site situated near the Elm Court.
The two were rescued at about 11:30pm and rushed to Caboolture Hospital.
Elsewhere, a man who had gone missing in flash floods that hit parts of Nanango in the South Burnett region of Queensland has been found safe and sound.
According to the police, the man was reported missing after residents spotted him pushing his black Ford Falcon in floodwaters at Nanango along the Burnett Highway at around 8:00pm.
Flash Flooding And Flood Waters
The car was later found abandoned.
The officers launched a serious search for him overnight and finally made contact with him this morning.
In a statement, the South Burnett State Emergency Service controller Arthur Dawson said the guy was lucky to be alive after flood waters washed him off the road.
“He’s basically driven into floodwater that was quite a depth across the highway,” he said.
Mr Dawson urged motorists to heed to the advice of authorities and desist from driving through floodwaters.
“A lot of the time you get what’s called washout underneath the road, which you can be driving into an actual hole,” he said.
Another man was reportedly trapped inside his flooded car for nearly 25 minutes after flash floods washed it off the road at Willawong in Brisbane’s west.
In another incident, two people were rescued at Yalangur, north-west of Toowoomba after their car was swept off the road.
One of them, a man well in his 70s, was rushed to Toowoomba Hospital and his condition was reportedly stable.
In Kurwongban, north of Brisbane, paramedics assessed a teenage driver at 1:00am after his car was caught up in floodwaters.
The flash floods occurred as various parts of South East Queensland recorded heavy torrential downpours.
Matt Bass of the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) noted that the highest amounts of rainfall were recorded in the upper Brisbane Valley west of Kilcoy with Gregor Creek receiving 102 millimetres in just an hour.
“[There was] extreme sort of rainfall through there and that has resulted in some minor to moderate flash flooding in the upper reaches of the Brisbane River above Wivenhoe Dam,” he said.
Hinterland Welcomes The Showers
The falls were good news to farmers in Kalbar along the Scenic Rim as one land owner Ross Smith excitedly said the showers were long overdue and welcome news for his horses.
“We had 60mm in 40 minutes, it just pelted down,” Mr Smith said.
Another local resident at Kalbar, retired David Murtagh said he had lived in area for over 20 years.
“It’s been terrible out here, just smoke, dust, drought and then, the rain,” he said.
“The recent rain was good to have, the dams aren’t full yet but the creeks are starting to flow.”
Tropical Cyclone Set To ‘Drift Past’ Queensland
The current tropical cyclone Uesi is expected to bring with it more rainfall and huge seas on the coastal regions of Queensland later this week but would remain well off the coast.
BOM reported that the slow-moving system is presently tracking north-north west of New Caledonia.
Senior Forecaster Matt Bass added that the system was heading south.
“That’s likely to drift past south-eastern Queensland off shore but still might get a few showers coming out from that over Friday.