Lockyer Valley flooding proves hazardous to road users.
Lockyer Valley flooding proves hazardous to road users.

Heavy rain inundates area

HEAVY rain brought more grief for those who attempted to brave swollen creeks and rivers yesterday.

Some of the worst flooding was seen north-west of Ipswich along the Lockyer Valley, where several major roads were blocked.

It wasn’t just confined to Lockyer Creek, either, with Plain Creek consuming a massive part of the Brightview district and claiming two trucks.

Lowood resident Steve Hayes rescued two men from a bread truck after they came to grief while trying to cross a flooded Brightview Road.

The truck careered off the road about 1am and both men remained in the cabin until about 7.30am when Mr Hayes arrived in his tinnie.

“The water was probably one metre deep. They were probably lucky it didn’t rise much higher than that,” he said.

The driver of a garbage truck that veered off the same flooded crossing about 5.30am was able to walk to safety.

As if the demise of those vehicles didn’t serve as enough of a warning, just a few hundred metres away a man in a small blue sedan was seen trying to cross Jensen’s Swamp Road while it was at least two metres under water.

The car slowly entered the water to its bonnet, then reversed back, billowing smoke, when the driver realised he was about to get very wet.

Some of the calamity on the roads was not the fault of drivers, such as when a massive pothole on Brisbane Valley Highway stopped four cars in their tracks.

The vehicles were pulled up back to back by the side of the highway – just after the Randalls Road intersection at Fairney View – yesterday after slamming into the hole at 100kph and busting multiple tyres and rims.

Davor Barac, who was on route from Fernvale to Richlands, said Main Roads needed to pick its act up and maintain roads properly.

“Look how much we pay for registration,” he said while changing a tyre in the pouring rain.

Areas north of Ipswich recorded the highest rainfall figures yesterday, with Somerset Dam recording 41mm between 9am and 3pm.

Lowood recorded 10mm and Amberley 15mm.

Lockyer Valley residents were warned more storms would lash the region tomorrow, while the Scenic Rim Region has been declared a natural disaster area.



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