QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Service officers have released a blanket message for motorists driving through floodwater.

Don't do it.

QFES minister Craig Crawford expressed his frustration over people continuing to "make poor judgement calls" in dangerous floodwaters.

Mr Crawford said drivers were ignoring the warnings and "unnecessarily exposing themselves to risk" in unpredictable flash-flooding.

"Frankly, I'm getting sick and tired of seeing these reports on a daily basis, about incidents where our emergency crews are having to put their lives are risk rescuing people who have tried to drive through floodwaters," Mr Crawford said.

"It's disappointing - and astounds me that people continue to make poor judgement calls, and expose themselves to risk.

"It doesn't matter what kind of car you drive, how experienced you are, or how badly you need to get across that road: if it's flooded, forget it.

"QFES' specialist swiftwater rescuers are well trained and prepared to help where required, but these types of rescues are one of the most dangerous activities crews undertake.

"Let me make this very clear: people who willingly drive through floodwater are risking their own lives and the lives of their rescuers."

 

Motorist risks floodwaters at North Arm-Yandina Creek, East of Targoo Road.
Motorist risks floodwaters at North Arm-Yandina Creek, East of Targoo Road. Patrick Woods

Mr Crawford said severe thunderstorms impacted the South East Region last night causing localised flash flooding.

"Fire and Rescue crews responded to 11 swift water rescues overnight - thankfully, there were no reports of any loss of life or injuries," he said.

"It doesn't matter if you've driven the road a hundred times before. It's not safe and it puts more lives at risk than just yours.

"It's better to be a home a little bit later than not make it home at all."

Mr Crawford said parents needed to ensure their children understood the dangers of floodwater and playing near storm drains or causeways.

"People should stay tuned to local radio and visit the Bureau of Meteorology website for the latest warnings and weather updates during severe weather events," he said.

"If you are out and about, or if you live or work near waterways then you need to be aware of the status of those waterways.

"Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews are ready to respond should Queenslanders need their assistance and are closely monitoring any areas of concern. For SES assistance call 132 500 and for life threatening emergencies, always call Triple Zero (000)."


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