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VIDEO: 12 trips to rescue 60 stranded people at Waterpark Ck

2.15PM: EVACUATION efforts are expected to be completed afternoon as the SES transports stranded campers and residents at Waterpark Creek.

Around 60 people were stranded after heavy rains inundated the creek, with 100mm of rain falling across the coast in just 24 hours.

SES crews should be nearing the end of their rescue efforts, with co-ordinator, Eddie Cowie estimating it would take around 12 trips to evacuate those who wished to leave.

Crews had completed around four trips by about 1pm this afternoon.

The pregnant woman and her ill child were among the first brought to safe land.

12.40PM: THE FIRST group of people have been ferried across Waterpark Creek by SES crews.

Sophia Ramm cheekily told reporters at the scene she wasn't sure if she was relieved to be rescued as it meant she had to go to work.

Miss Ramm said she wasn't scared as many people there had phones and phone chargers and were able to call for help.

Waterpark creek has received 200mm of rain over the weekend.

Residents in the area are expecting a food drop, however, they must organise the food themselves and contact SES to organise the drop.

 

WHAT WE KNOW:

  • Up to 50 campers stranded at Waterpark Creek
  • Over 100mm has fallen in most coast town of Central Queensland over a 24-hour period
  • SES and QPS to carry out massive evacuation
  • Byfield General Store owner says this is the most number of people stranded at Waterpark Creek they've ever seen
  • One group of campers left about 7.30pm Saturday night when the heavy rain started
  • 12 trips expected to pick up all those stranded on the Five Rocks side of Waterpark Creek
  • A woman who is eight-months pregnant is ill and she has a sick child with her
  • Many stranded will need lifts back to Yeppoon and Rockhampton
  • Waterpark creek has received 200mm of rain over the weekend.

 

12.15pm: SES coordinator Eddie Cowie says rescuers will focus on picking up people who have fallen ill and some pregnant women from the Five Rocks side of Waterpark Creek.

An eight-month pregnant woman with an unwell child is the SES' highest priority. Reports indicate the pregnant is also unwell.

Mr Cowie has updated reporters the scene about the rescue currently underway after over 100mm fell in the region in a 24-hour period.

He said there were 60 people needing help and it would take 12 trips via boat to pick them up.

It is believed many of the people stranded in the Byfield National Park will need lifts back to Yeppoon or Rockhampton, including the pregnant mother and unwell child, along with a dog.

Residents will come across the creek in groups of two and three people at a time.

 

 

Ses ute waterpark creek
Ses ute waterpark creek Kerri-Anne Mesner

11.40am: SES crews are using a boat ramp on a residential property in the Byfield National Park as part of a rescue operation this morning.

The Bulletin reporter Trinette Stevens is at the scene where SES and QPS are coordinating the rescue of up to 50 campers stranded on the Five Rocks side of Waterpark Creek.

Stevens reports the SES crews are using the boat ramp to access the flooded creek.

One camper reported he and his group of nine people in four vehicles left Five Rocks about 7.30pm on Saturday once the heavy rain started and they passed about 12 vehicles headed towards the camp on their way out.

Another Five Rocks visitor from the weekend, Tony Lever, said he and his group went up Saturday around lunch and when we came back around 8-8:30pm Saturday night the water was about 4" from going over the bridge.

"It's a huge catchment area for water park creek up north. You don't just have to think of the rain your getting there, you have to think about up north as well."

 

10.40am: A CAMPER said his party left the Five Rocks camping area on Saturday night, once the heavy rain kicked in.

SES and QPS are en route to Waterpark Creek where up to 50 campers are stranded after the region received over 100mm in 24 hours.

Ses at Waterpark Creek
Ses at Waterpark Creek Kerri-Anne Mesner

"We got smart and packed up our camp sites at 7.30pm when it started bucketing down," Ned Cakovan said.

"We must of passed a dozen cars heading into Five Rocks on out way out at about 8.30pm."

Ned said he was part of a party of four vehicles totaling nine people.

 

10.20am: AFTER confirmed reports of up to 50 people being stranded at Waterpark Creek SES and Queensland Police service will conduct a large scale evacuation.

Rockhampton SES co-ordinator, Eddie Cowie said they were currently heading down to Waterpark creek to begin the evacuation.

"We will be liaising with QPS who are leading this evacuation," he said.

Eddie said they would start evacuating by boat as soon as they arrived on scene.

"SES would heavily encourage people to be vigilant when it comes to flooded roads, remember if its flooded forget."

9.50am: UP TO 50 people have been stranded on the Five Rocks side of Waterpark Creek.

Rod Taylor from the Byfield General Store said flooding of the creek happens quite a few times during the year but this is the most amount of people which have been stuck.

"It's wet very wet, the rains coming in again and there possibly up to 50 people stuck on the other side of Waterpark Creek," he said.

"At the moment it's pouring down rain here so they will be stuck for a couple of more day's maybe they will get out late tomorrow afternoon."
 

Topics:  camping, editors picks, floods, rain, waterpark creek, wild weather



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