Terrifying footage shows why you should NEVER drive in floods as a car is swept away by raging rapids – with its desperate owner looking on
- Terrifying footage of car being swept away by raging floodwaters has emerged
- Helpless owner could only watch as rising tide tipped car over and carried away
- Queensland services say car stalled on causeway due to wet conditions
A helpless driver could only watch on as his silver car was engulfed by raging floodwaters in Queensland, as terrifying footage shows it being carried down river rapids.
The Ford Fiesta can be seen sitting on an asphalt road slowly disappearing under rising and rapid waters after the driver tried to pass a flooded road on Monday.
People shout as the small hatchback begins to tip before being dragged away by the violent stream.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison addressed the spate of incidents on Tuesday morning saying people are being selfish attempting to cross dangerous areas.
‘If it’s flooded, forget it…Don’t do it, you’re putting not only yourself at risk but you’re putting those who would have to come to your assistance at risk also.’
Terrifying footage shows a car being swept away in raging Queensland floodwaters on Monday
The video was posted to the Department of Transport and Main Roads Queensland page on Tuesday morning.
Other cars can be seen parked in the foreground of the footage away from the floodwaters with a person in high-vis watching on from across the river.
The strength of the tide slowly begins to tip the car on its side before it falls from the road embankment and into the rapids.
A man can be heard shouting ‘here it goes’ as the vehicle is carried away.
The car careens into the side of the stream causing significant damage.
Queensland’s Department of Transport said the Ford Fiesta (pictured) stalled when it was crossing the causeway and the driver was able to get away safely
The department reminded people cars can easily stall in the wet but its another reminder of the dangers of driving in such conditions
According to the Department of Transport in Queensland the car stalled when it was crossing the causeway and the driver was able to get away safely.
The department reminded people cars can easily stall in the wet but its another reminder of the dangers of driving in such conditions.
‘I have just been briefed by our disaster management team and the word is: do not travel on roads unless it is absolutely necessary,’ Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate told the Gold Coast Bulletin on Sunday afternoon.
‘The major creek systems across our city are in full flow so do not attempt to cross them, or go near the creek banks and causeway.’
‘The major creek systems across our city are in full flow so do not attempt to cross them, or go near the creek banks and causeway’ Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate said
There have been several cases of cars being carried away by raging waters during the past week’s once-in-a-century floods.
An elderly woman had to be rescued from her car in Wyong on Sunday afternoon after attempting to drive through dangerous waters.
The incident sparked a warning from police urging people not to drive on roads that are submerged by floodwaters.
Another man was saved from his Mercedes after being carried away by rising tides in the Gold Coast on Sunday.
The bystander who caught the footage on her mobile phone could be heard saying ‘he’s singing out, he’s saying ‘help’ as the sedan glided past’, 9News reported.
State Emergency Services and NSW Police have urged people not to attempt to drive through flood-stricken areas or they face risking not only their own lives but also the lives of those attempting to help them.
‘We don’t want to see people going into flood-affected areas and then finding themselves in difficulty. It not only puts their own lives at risk but the lives of the emergency service workers and rescuers also,’ Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott said.
‘It’s about making smart decisions and following the advice of experts.
‘That way, our responders can concentrate their efforts on helping people in most need during this extraordinary and significant weather event.’