Third person killed in floodwaters with flood warnings still in place for parts of Victoria and Queensland

Date: 2021-12-10 00:04:44

Flood warnings remain in place across Victoria and Queensland after heavy rainfall on Thursday with a second woman tragically killed in floodwaters in Brisbane. 

A woman has died in floodwaters after she became trapped in a vehicle which was swept out of a Hungry Jacks carpark in Brisbane’s north on Thursday night.

It marks the second woman to be killed by flood conditions brought on by heavy rain after a 75-year-old woman was swept off the road in her car by floodwaters in Brisbane’s outer west.

Emergency services were called to Lancing Street in Pullenvale at about 4:40pm on Wednesday when someone witnessed a white sedan wash away.

Regional Duty Officer Inspector Daniel Bragg said officers were unable to find the car for three hours because of “treacherous” flooding.

“Because of the rapidly rising water, and the speed at which the water was flowing, it took a considerable amount of time, several hours to actually locate the vehicle,” he said, the ABC reported.

“It would have been impossible to actually jump into the water and do anything even if the vehicle was floating.

“This is an absolutely tragic incident.”

Inspector Bragg also confirmed the forensic crash investigation will examine the scene to work out more details about the incident.

Several major flood warnings remain in place across parts of Queensland, including along the Condamine River and the Balonne River.

The Bureau of Meteorology has also issued a moderate flood warning for St George and Dirranbandi which is likely to rise to major flooding over the weekend.

“Showers and thunderstorms remain possible for the next few days, which may cause renewed river level rises and areas of renewed flooding,” the BOM said on Thursday.

Flood warnings in Victoria 

Meanwhile, several flood warnings have also been put in place for Victoria after parts of the state saw heavy rainfall overnight.

The Vic Emergency website was updated on Friday morning reporting minor flooding occurring along the Mitchell River at Glenaladale and Bairnsdale.

It also warned the situation may escalate with moderate flooding potentially developing across Friday.

In the 24 hours to 5:00am on Friday, the Mitchell catchment reported 40-80 millimetres of rain, with up to 20 millimetres expected across the rest of the day.

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The Mitchell River at Glenaladale is currently at 3.40 metres and rising with minor flooding, with warnings water levels may exceed the moderate flood level 4.50 metres on Friday afternoon.

Gippsland also experienced heavy rainfall on Thursday – between 50 and 100 millimetres – with the wet weather expected to ease off over the course of Friday. 

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