Weather: Ute loses control in floods on the Gold Coast


Wild moment a ute loses control while trying to plough through raging floodwaters

  • A driver has lost control in floodwaters as wild weather smashes Queensland 
  • Footage posted online shows a ute driving across a flooded road in Wongawallan
  • The vehicle’s wheels slip as it drives through, but the motorist regains control

A motorist battling wild weather conditions in Queensland has lost control while trying to plough their ute through raging floodwaters.

Footage posted online shows the car trying to cross the road over a swollen creek at Wongawallan, in the Gold Coast’s northwest, on Monday.

As the vehicle enters the water, its wheels become completely submerged with the force of the gushing stream, and lost traction, making the car fishtail. 

A motorist has lost control of their vehicle while trying to plough their ute through raging floodwaters in the Gold Coast's northwest

A motorist has lost control of their vehicle while trying to plough their ute through raging floodwaters in the Gold Coast’s northwest 

The shocked woman filming lets out an audible gasp as she watches the potentially deadly situation unfolding in front of her.  

But the driver regains control as the car’s wheels reach drier ground on the other side before continuing on their way. 

The frightening incident comes as torrential rain continues to smash New South Wales and south-east Queensland, causing widespread flooding and dangerous conditions. 

The State Emergency Service has received hundreds of calls for help since the rain set in over the weekend, and crews have been forced to stage at least six swift water rescues, four involving people trapped in cars.

One man was plucked from a tree in the southeast after having to abandon his car in floodwaters.

Parts of the Gold Coast recorded falls in excess of 200mm to 9am on Monday, including 263mm at North Tambourine, in the Gold Coast hinterland. 

The driver managed to regain control of their vehicle once its wheels reached drier ground

The driver managed to regain control of their vehicle once its wheels reached drier ground

This would equal almost three months worth of average rainfall for the Gold Coast region, with more than 100mm forecast for Tuesday.

Brisbane city and surrounding suburbs also saw widespread falls of 100mm. Beachmere, north of Brisbane, recorded 208mm.

 Some theme parks, including Dreamworld, have closed as the weather worsens, with the Gold Coast, Brisbane, and the Sunshine Coast on high alert, along with Channel Country communities as far west as Birdsville.

A flood watch is current for a wide band of southern Queensland stretching from the South Australian border to the southeast coast.

Heavy falls and flooding is expected across western and southern Queensland from Monday afternoon, extending to the southeast coast on Tuesday.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has urged Queenslanders to get home safely and stay there, with the worst of the weather not expected until later on Monday evening. 

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