Deluge of rain at Hursley Rd and Tor St during Saturday afternoon storm in Toowoomba. Saturday, 8th Feb, 2020.
Deluge of rain at Hursley Rd and Tor St during Saturday afternoon storm in Toowoomba. Saturday, 8th Feb, 2020. Nev Madsen

QFES, police slam residents trying to cross floodwaters

THE weekend rain was welcome across Toowoomba and the Darling Downs but unfortunately police and emergency services crews have been left frustrated by motorists ignoring all the warnings not to drive into floodwaters.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews and police were called to at least four separate incidents where motorists had been caught in moving floodwaters across roads.

"As the advertising says, 'If it's flooded, forget it'," one police sergeant told The Chronicle.

Overnight rain Friday had left some country roads awash in places and a mother with three children on board had to be rescued by Tara police after the car they were travelling in entered water across the Leichhardt Highway about 20km south of Moonie about 11am Saturday morning.

Fortunately, all were safely retrieved from the vehicle.

However, just an hour or so later another vehicle was reported to have become waterlogged after entering water across Commodore Peak Rd near the intersection of Blackwell Rd at Captains Mountain just west of Millmerran.

Two people had to be rescued after their car was washed off the road near Greenmount about 8.40pm Saturday night and another car was reportedly stuck in floodwater across Tenthill Creek Rd near Gatton early yesterday morning.

Fortunately, no-one was reported injured in any of the incidents but police are urging drivers to be sensible with more rain forecast for the early part of the week which potentially will put floodwaters across roads again.

Toowoomba and surrounds had some useful falls Saturday evening with the Wilsonton Airport registering 67mm but higher falls were recorded at various suburbs across the city.

Oakey copped 126mm overnight Saturday yet the area just west of Toowoomba between Athol and Westbrook received the Bureau of Meteorology's (BOM) highest recorded rainfall on the Darling Downs for the night with 146mm.

Some properties in Dalby were flooded as a swollen Myall Creek spilt over its banks and into the town.

Myall Creek had reached 3.15m in the early hours of yesterday following three days of heavy rainfall but the flood waters were decreasing yesterday afternoon.

Meanwhile, further south, the BOM recorded falls of 105mm in Warwick in the 24 hours to 9am yesterday, while Killarney had 66mm, Yangan 106mm and Applethorpe about 56mm.

And, the BOM was expecting more rain last night.

"There's still a decent chance of good rain this evening," meteorologist Peter Markworth said yesterday.



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