Groups trapped by flash flooding

ELEVEN people trapped overnight at Waterpark Creek in Byfield, 70km north of Rockhampton, were rescued by SES volunteers at 4.30pm yesterday.

Three groups of people, some of whom were from Rockhampton and Yeppoon, travelled to Five Rocks for a day trip on Thursday and were trapped by flash flooding at the Waterpark Creek crossing.

SES Rockhampton region controller Eddie Cowie said the people did the right thing by not challenging the floodwater.

“They tried to wait for the water to go down, but it didn't so they called for help today,” he said.

Mr Cowie said the people did not bring water or food.

“They were fine and they were taken to Yeppoon,” he said.

Mr Cowie said there was still one metre of water over the spillway at 4.30pm yesterday and the people had been unable to return to their vehicles.

“It is quite an usual occurrence, we certainly had a lot of people who got trapped there by flash flooding in January and February,” he said. “We'd encourage people to check the conditions and take 24 hours worth of water, food, and medical provisions.”



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