Rain and rescues: Couple swept away on their blow-up mattress

Emergency services have conducted multiple swiftwater rescues overnight as southeast Queensland storms caused flash flooding, with one couple swept from their campsite on a blow-up mattress.

Feb 11, 2020, updated Feb 11, 2020
A tree blocked Sandgate Rd at Clayfield, during yesterday's wild weather. (Photo: Supplied: Tonile Wortley)

A tree blocked Sandgate Rd at Clayfield, during yesterday's wild weather. (Photo: Supplied: Tonile Wortley)

The man and woman were found clinging to a tree after drifting 100m in floodwaters at Morayfield, north of Brisbane.

Paramedics said they had been camping near a creek when the water swept their mattress from the site near Elm Court.

They were rescued at 11:30pm and taken to Caboolture Hospital.

Meanwhile, a man who was reported missing in flash flooding at Nanango in Queensland’s South Burnett region has been found safe and well.

Police said he was reported missing after he was spotted pushing a black Ford Falcon in floodwaters at Nanango on the Burnett Highway just after 8:00pm.

The car was later found abandoned.

Officers conducted extensive searches overnight and managed to make contact with him this morning.

Lightning strikes in night time purple skies above Brisbane suburbs.
Lightning strikes over South Brisbane. (Supplied: Russell Stevens)

Another man was trapped in his flooded car for 25 minutes after it was washed off the road at Willawong in Brisbane’s west.

At Yalangur, northwest of Toowoomba, two people were rescued when their car washed off the road.

One of the pair, a man in his 70s, was taken to Toowoomba Hospital in a stable condition

After 1:00am a teenager was assessed by paramedics after his car was caught in floodwaters at Kurwongbah, north of Brisbane.

The flooding came as parts of southeast Queensland were hit with torrential downpours.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s Matt Bass said the heaviest rain was in the upper Brisbane Valley west of Kilcoy, where Gregor Creek recorded 102mm in one hour.

“[There was] extreme sort of rainfall through there and that has resulted in some minor to moderate flooding in the upper reaches of the Brisbane River above Wivenhoe Dam,” he said.

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“Now of course that will just flow into the dam and will not cause any issues further down.

“Yeah, 100mm in an hour is very intense sort of rainfall we don’t see too frequently, so in that particular area where that rainfall fell, I’m sure there was significant river rises and flash flooding for sure.”

Seqwater said the water grid increased by just over 1 per cent overnight, bringing it to 58.8 per cent capacity.

Tropical Cyclone to ‘drift past’ Queensland

Tropical cyclone Uesi will bring more showers and big seas to Queensland’s coast later this week but is expected to remain well off the coast.

BOM said the slow-moving system was currently north-northwest of New Caledonia.

Senior Forecaster Matt Bass said it’s moving south.

“That’s likely to drift past southeastern Queensland offshore but still might get a few showers coming out from that over Friday.

“Winds will also pick up about the coast and swells pick up about the coast as well.

“Potentially a little bit of shower activity from Cyclone Uesi before finally over the weekend it looks like the shower activity really will calm down.”


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