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Eight more rescued near Rockhampton after teen drama

Swift water teams have been kept busy in Central Queensland with about 20 rescues over night.
Swift water teams have been kept busy in Central Queensland with about 20 rescues over night. Allan Reinikka

AT least eight people have been rescued from floodwaters in central Queensland.

A helicopter crew pulled the group from the water at Wycarbah, southwest of Rockhampton.

Police are unsure if they were in one vehicle or many when they were swept into the water.

The drama had been going on since about 11am with the eight people rescued about 2pm.

Details about the drama remain sketchy with communications problems plaguing emergency services and the local council.

The rescue comes after dramatic scenes this morning when a teenager was rescued by a swiftwater crew at Frenchville in what was one of more than 20 missions by firefighters, most of which were around Rockhampton.

The boy was stuck in high, "fast moving" floodwaters before being saved.

He has been taken to Rockhampton Base Hospital in a stable condition.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) personnel have been kept extremely busy responding to swift water rescue cases across Central Queensland overnight.

Rockhampton mayor Margaret Strelow said it had been a dramatic evening with SES volunteers working for 48 hours responding to many calls.

Seven people at Kabra (west of Rockhampton) were evacuated by QFRS crews and State Emergency Service (SES) personnel, while a woman and two children were rescued by SES personnel after being in a vehicle isolated by flood water at Mackenzie River, near Middle Mount.

Around 3.45am two vehicles were isolated on the Bruce Highway at Bob's Creek near Rockhampton due to water over the road. Three SES personnel rescued the occupants

Residents across south east Queensland are being reminded if it's flooded, forget it.

Floodwaters are treacherous and the dangers are hidden under the surface.

The council says dozens of roads have been affected by water.

Water services to some residents have also been affected, while sewage stations have been flooded.

The council says it is working hard to restore services.

Flash flooding can occur quickly and catch drivers unaware and there is no excuse for those who deliberately drive past a road closed sign into flood water.

Flooded road crossings have the potential force to move very heavy vehicles and once the tyres leave the road surface the driver will have no control over the vehicle and no amount of experience or driver training can prevent that.

People who enter floodwaters are not only putting their lives at risk, but the lives of their rescuers. Although firefighters are highly trained and skilled, swift water rescue is one of the most dangerous operations they are required to undertake.

Flooded road crossings have the potential force to move very heavy vehicles and once the tyres leave the road surface the driver will have no control over the vehicle and no amount of experience or driver training can prevent that.

People who enter floodwaters are not only putting their lives at risk, but the lives of their rescuers. Although firefighters are highly trained and skilled, swift water rescue is one of the most dangerous operations they are required to undertake.

State Emergency Service activity as at 6.30am

State Emergency Service (SES) personnel have attended to 280 jobs in the last 24 hours.

Of these 100 were for Rockhampton, 43 for Mackay, 40 in Gladstone, 17 in Yeppoon, 11 in Emu Park, 9 in Mt Morgan, 8 in Townsville,  6 in Tannum Sands, 5 in Bundaberg and 5 in Cairns.

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) is urging residents to take care with heavy rainfall and thunderstorms expected to continue across the state.

If residents require storm and flood assistance they should contact the SES on 132 500. In a life-threatening emergency, which includes vehicles trapped in floodwater, always dial triple zero (000).

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