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Mother and son rescued from roof of their flooded car

A MOTHER and son spent more than an hour and a half stuck on the roof of their stranded car after attempting to drive over a flooded bridge near Boonah.

Heavy rain on Saturday caused floodwaters to spill over the Teviot Brook Bridge on Beaudesert-Boonah Rd.

Despite the flash flooding, the 48-year-old woman and her son tried to cross the bridge about 6.20am yesterday.

They were forced to climb on to the roof and call emergency services after the car became trapped, stranding them in the fast-moving water.

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Both firefighters and the State Emergency Service were called on to perform a swift water rescue and the pair was finally pulled from the roof just before 8am.

The bridge, just outside Coulson, was closed well into yesterday morning as the car remained stranded in the receding floodwater.

Road closure signs were in place and police officers were patrolling the Boonah and Coulson area yesterday morning to keep other drivers out of floodwaters.

Ipswich police reminded drivers not to risk driving over flooded roads.

The "If it's flooded, forget it" campaign has been running for several years in an effort to stop motorists from risking their life during storms and floods and drivers can be slapped with a fine if they risk crossing roads that are closed.

Bureau of Meteorology records show more than 100mm of rain fell in the Boonah area between from Saturday morning to Sunday morning - the highest daily amount in more than a year.

Boonah wasn't the only place that had a damp long weekend.

BOM's Amberley weather station recorded about 33mm of rain from Friday morning to Sunday evening.

At Tallegalla station near Marburg, 27mm was recorded from Saturday morning to Sunday morning.

The rain is expected to disappear today, with clear skies and temperatures of up to 30 degrees forecast until Thursday.

Holiday makers can also expect a scorching 31 degrees today on the final day of the Easter long weekend.

Showers are forecast to potentially return for the weekend.

Topics:  boonah, editors picks, floods




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