Another death in floodwaters as cars are swept away

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirms that a man, woman and child have lost their lives after a vehicle was washed from the road at Caboolture during massive flooding on Friday May 1.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirms that a man, woman and child have lost their lives after a vehicle was washed from the road at Caboolture during massive flooding on Friday May 1.

SATURDAY 5.36AM: A 75-year-old man from Kallangur has died following an incident on Morayfield Road at Burpengary overnight.

At around 8.30pm last night, police received information that a vehicle had been swept away by flood waters in the area near Burpengary Creek.

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Police and emergency services attended the scene and a QFES Swift Water Rescue team was able to rescue a 68-year-old woman who was to clinging to a tree in flood waters.

At around 3.00am this morning police located the body of the 75-year-old man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

There is no further information available at this time.

10.30PM: A MAN, woman and child have been killed after their car was washed from the road.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk fronted a press conference this evening offering the government's deepest sympathies.

"This is a tragedy. And it's not an easy thing to talk about," she said.

"As everyone's aware, we have had a very extreme weather event here today in south-east Queensland.

"It's with a heavy heart I say to all Queenslanders that tonight we are deeply saddened by this tragic loss of life."

Police have confirmed the car was taken by floodwaters on Dances Rd in Caboolture at 5.30pm.

A man in his 70s, a woman in her 30s and an eight-year-old boy were pronounced dead at the scene.

From 9am on Friday, more than 333mm of rain has fallen on Caboolture, with 277mm soaking the area over just three hours.

The SES were called to about 1400 incidents. There have also been at least 19 swift water rescues in the Brisbane area alone.

Queensland Police Assistant Commissioner Alistair Dawson described the deaths as "a great sadness".

He declined to say whether the road was closed at the time, but that it would be covered in the police probe into how the tragedy unfolded.

Asst Comm Dawson said it would also investigate reports that a number of cars were washed away at the time.

"That investigation has commenced in the Caboolture area," Asst Comm Dawson said.

"And as we speak, we are attempting in support with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services to recover the vehicles and the investigation will obviously run its due course."


9PM: QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is preparing to address the media tonight following reports that three people have been killed after a car was washed from Dances Road in Caboolture.

It is understood the vehicle was washed away this afternoon, with grave fears now held for those inside.

The Bruce Highway between Caboolture and the Sunshine Coast remain closed in both directions.

The southbound lanes remain closed after Steve Irwin Way near Elimbah.

The northbound lanes are shut at Pumicestone Road at Caboolture.

Authorities are now working to assess the bridge near King John Creek at Caboolture, which will be reopened if it is deemed safe for traffic.

Once that happens, vehicles travelling north and south would share one lane each way in the usually northbound lanes.

Rain in Caboolture is understood to have topped 300mm in the past 12 hours.


SUNSHINE Coast man Jeff Addison is standing, stranded, at Petrie train station with 150 people.

He said they've been waiting outside for the past three hours.

"I know they can't do anything about the weather but people are damp, wet and cold," he said.

"There was a train here and I asked if we could get on it.

"They just gave a blanket refusal and moved the train down the platform.

"It's just unbelievable."

Mr Addison said the passengers had been given no indication of when they would get home.

8:00 PM   The Department of Transport and Main Roads posted to their website at 7.24pm that the Bruce Highway is closed at Caboolture near King John Creek in both directions, with water over the road.  

Long delays are expected. 

Meanwhile, the Highway has reportedly reopened at Burpengary but the traffic is far from flowing smoothly.

Keep up to date with road closures here.


7:00 PM Glasshouse Mountains residents evacuated from homes

SWIFT water teams have evacuated residents from Beerwah and Beerburrum as the water levels continued to rise this evening.

Some residents were helped out of their houses wearing life jackets. 

SES crews across south-east Queensland have also received more than 800 requests for assistance in the past 24 hours. 

Flooding in Beerwah on Friday afternoon.
Flooding in Beerwah on Friday afternoon. Shaun Rogers


SEQ incidents has reported via Twitter that there is a car crash on the Bruce Hwy at Beerburrum.

RACQ is reporting rain has now cut off its access to motorists in Caboolture, Lawnton and Kilcoy. RACQ will advise when it is back up and running. Call 000 in emergencies.


IT has been a hectic afternoon for Sunshine Coast swift water rescue teams, with six separate call outs.  

The Daily understands crews are in the Glass House Mountains township, where a car has been swept into waters with its occupant on top of the vehicle.

A search is currently underway.

No further information is know at this time.


Earlier this afternoon, crews were called to West-Woombye and Mooloolah, Palmwoods and Mt Mellum.







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