Police charge foolish drivers who drove into floodwaters
CHILDERS and the surrounding suburbs escaped much of the damage but police officers still had plenty of paperwork.
Ex-tropical Cyclone Marcia swept past the Isis region on Friday night and Saturday morning, bringing rain and strong gusts.
For Childers Police, it happened to bring out the first idiot after they stopped a man for drink driving.
Emergency services and the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service helicopter had to be called on Sunday after a 72-year-man drove into floodwater at Degilbo Ck. For reasons unknown, the man tried to cross the flooded causeway on Seccombes Rd near Biggenden about 11am.
The man became stranded after reaching a water depth of about 1m.
He was uninjured and was safely extracted from his car by the specialist water rescue team.
Biggenden Acting Sergeant Mark Bradley said it was an example of why motorists needed to adhere to road closed signs and remember “if it’s flooded, forget it”.
“Two young lives were lost in similar circumstances at this same causeway in 2004,” he said.
Sgt Bradley thanked the public and local farmers who contacted emergency services and later helped recover the vehicle.
The driver was charged with careless driving and will face court on March 18.
If that wasn’t enough, police had to contend with another foolish act on Monday.
This time it would officially go on record as driving “without due care and attention”, but the reality could have been much more deadly.
A man disregarded a “water over road” sign and ploughed straight into a swollen Gregory River at Farnsfield. The man managed to escape the vehicle but it became submerged.
He could only watch in horror as his car was swept about 50m downriver where it came to a stop on several fallen trees.