Close call for driver
EMERGENCY services are pleading with motorists not to drive through flooded roads after a man's ute was inundated by fast moving water at Sandy Creek.
A passer-by saw the man standing on the roof of the vehicle and phoned police.
By the time emergency personnel arrived the stranded driver was clinging to nearby trees and the utility was completely under water.
Three swift-water rescue technicians paddled out on an inflatable dinghy to rescue the man and brought him back to safe, dry land.
The incident happened on Marian-Eton Rd, about three kilometres out of Eton, around 1am yesterday morning.
Auxiliary firefighters from Mackay and Walkerston and police officers were on scene as the dramatic rescue unfolded.
It's believed a police officer drove the man, 29, home to Mirani after his ordeal.
QFRS inspector Russell Collier said the incident highlighted the dangers associated with floodwaters.
"We are saying no one should be driving and entering flooded roadways," he said.
"Not only are they putting their own lives in danger but those of rescuers. It's an extremely dangerous situation.
"If it's flooded forget it."
Mr Collier also said motorists who thought their vehicle was big enough to make it through flooded roads were mistaken.
"It doesn't matter what type of car you have - it doesn't take much for them to lose traction," he said.
Motorists rolling the dice by driving through flooded roads were a huge issue for emergency services last wet season.
At this time last year two people were killed in the Mackay region while crossing flooded roads.
Many motorists also ignored road closed signs with police busting 22 of them in less than 24 hours.