Kids risk lives in flood stunt
TWO children photographed floating down raging floodwaters in an inflatable wading pool have frustrated an already exhausted Darling Downs emergency services department.
The children were spotted in a swollen Charleys Creek at Chinchilla yesterday using the pool as a raft.
Twice they went perilously close to falling out of the pool and into the murky floodwaters that are threatening to swamp much of Chinchilla.
The incident came less than 24 hours after several children were seen leaping from a dam wall into floodwaters near Kingaroy.
Two days earlier at Dalby, State Emergency Service volunteers had to be rescued when their boat capsized while attempting to rescue a teenager who had become stranded in a flooded Myall Creek.
Emergency Management Queensland regional director (south-west) Bob Bundy said he struggled to comprehend the actions of some people.
“We've implored people to stay away from drains and flooded creeks and to drive carefully through flooded water, but the message doesn't seem to be getting through” he said.
Mr Bundy said people who ignored the warnings were putting emergency service personnel in danger.
“We've had a number of incidents where the rescuers have needed rescuing,” he said.
“Some of these people are volunteers.
“Their lives are being put at risk by people going near floodwaters.”