Floodwater rescue reminder of hidden dangers: QFES
UPDATE: A woman pulled from a light ute swept away in floodwaters was left shaken but unharmed in an incident emergency services said could have been worse.
And as the wet weather looks set to continue throughout the week, the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services is reminding drivers that if it's flooded, forget it.
Inspector Peter Bradow said five QFES vehicles from separate stations were deployed to reports a woman was trapped on the tray of a vehicle swept off Keeley Rd at Brookstead about 7.30am Wednesday.
More than 100mm of rain fell over the Brookstead area since Sunday, leaving the region a drenched mess of boggy rural roads and hampering the response efforts of QFES units.
A man had managed to escape the vehicle and a passing farmer on a tractor managed to pull the woman and vehicle to safety.
But without knowing the extent of the incident and acting on initial reports, Insp. Bradow said the five vehicles were deployed and an aircraft put on standby as a precaution.
"Crews trying to get to the rescue found quite a number of roads that had been blocked by water and had to turn those trucks around and find alternative routes," he said.
"Crews on arrival found a local farmer had actually pulled the vehicle back out of the water and those people to safety without QFES intervention.
"This certainly highlights the problems and dangers of floodwaters and given the rain events that will be coming through over the next few days, people need to take heed that if it is flooded, forget it."
With the recent soaking and a number of low-lying roads around the region prone to flash flooding, Insp. Bradow said fast moving waters could easily mask hidden dangers and potentially end in disaster if driven through.
Light vehicles such as cars and 2WD utes were also at risk of being picked up by waters over the roads, and urged people to plan ahead and be mindful of road safety.
Insp. Bradow said the light ute swept off Keeley Rd at Brookstead was an example of how things could change in an instant.
It is understood a heavier vehicle had crossed the same floodway moments before the man and woman attempted to follow when the car was lifted off the road into the drain.
Insp. Bradow reminded the public it wasn't just their own lives put at risk in serious incidents but those of emergency services and first responders.
Heavy rainfall is forecast to continue this week.
9.30AM: A woman has been rescued from a ute swept off a flooded rural road near Brookstead this morning.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services' swift water technicians were deployed to Keeley Rd about 7.35am with reports a woman was in the tray of the ute washed off the muddy road surrounded by rising floodwaters.
A man who had been in the ute managed to escape the vehicle and call for help.
Four QFES units were tasked to the incident on the back roads of the heavy farming and cropping area.
Roads in the area were still flooded about 9am after intense rainfall overnight and in the past two days.
Nearby properties have reported falls of up to 100mm in the past 24 hours which has left the roads muddy quagmires and littered with flood debris.
Low-lying roads and causeways were still inundated with levels slowly receding about 9.30am.
7.45AM: Emergency services are mounting a rescue mission after a ute was swept into floodwaters at Brookstead.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services' Swift Water rescue crews are en route to the incident on Keeley Rd.
Initial reports suggest the male occupant of the ute escaped before the it was swept from the road, while a woman is still in the tray.
Floodwaters are rising in the area as QFES crews rush to the scene about 65km south-west of Toowoomba.