Rain causes treacherous times
A WEEKEND of persistent rain has topped up the region's already swollen rivers, creeks and gullies.
Weekend rainfall exceeding 50mm compounded the flooding seen across the Ipswich district following last Thursday's thunderstorms, resulting in further road closures and sometimes risky creek and river crossings for rural motorists.
The driver of a ute came unstuck while trying to run the gauntlet across a flooded creek crossing on Mount Sylvia Road, near Gatton, about 8pm Sunday night.
The raging Tent Hill Creek current washed the vehicle off the culvert, leaving it stranded and inundated up to its windows.
A farmer from a nearby property arrived with a tractor to pull the ute out of the water early yesterday morning, after the waters subsided a little.
Local resident Rob Bauer said it was lucky the ute came to rest on its wheels.
“The creek was quite deep – it could have been worse for the driver,” he said.
“There's actually another road he could have taken to avoid that crossing.”
The driver was understood to have escaped unharmed.
There was also a lucky escape for two SES volunteers at Upper Lockyer on Sunday night.
The volunteers had to be rescued after their boats capsized in flooded waters near the corner of Thomas Road and Murphy's Creek Road.
A Department of Community Safety spokesman said the volunteers had just transported an elderly lady to paramedics when they hit a tree stump about 6.10pm.
Both were wearing life jackets and were able to cling onto a tree branch until a rescue team – which included six crews of firefighters as well as paramedics – arrived at the scene.
They were treated at the scene.
Cunningham's Gap remained closed yesterday, forcing drivers to detour off the Cunningham Highway but those directed along Haigslea-Amberley Road stumbled across another hurdle when they reached the Bremer River crossing, also under water.