Scenic Rim starts cleanup after torrential rains

Lucky: A motorist was rescued at Biddaddaba. This is their car in the floodwater.
Lucky: A motorist was rescued at Biddaddaba. This is their car in the floodwater.

AFTER several days of torrential rains and flash flooding most roads in the Scenic Rim have reopened.

Beaudesert's senior police officer Ken Murray said some roads fared better than others after floodwaters abated, with Beaudesert Boonah Road remaining closed this morning due to bridge damage.

"On the road to Rathdowney there's a lot of slippage and the roads are in a bit of a poor condition at the moment," he said.

"People should obviously pay attention and drive accordingly, there are some really decent potholes out there so just be careful."

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen, who had to work from home because Coulson Crossing was still flooded this morning, said the most severe storm damage to roads happened on Friday and Saturday, particularly at Rathdowney and Running Creek.

"We have a fair boy of work to get done on some roads," he said.

"We've done some emergency repairs but parts of the road network could be compromised.

"Everyone is encouraged to slow down and drive to the changed conditions, we can only go so fast to get out and fix everything."

DANGER: A pile of debris cleared off the Mount Lindesay Highway after flash flooding at Laravale earlier this year. Photo: Ken Nicklas

DANGER: A pile of debris cleared off the Mount Lindesay Highway after flash flooding at Laravale earlier this year. Photo: Ken Nicklas

Cr Christensen said there had been a few close calls during the flash floods.

"We're told we can expect continued rain events right through to Christmas so it's a timely reminder to everyone to keep planning and be prepared," he said.

"We had a serious incident involving someone driving through floodwaters at Biddaddaba, who was very fortunate to come out of it alive.

"When it's flooded, forget it. Don't rely on the fact you're driving an SUV, 4WD or a tradies ute and you think you can do better than everyone else."

Scenic Rim SES controller Danni Bull said volunteer crews prepared themselves for a busy week but were not too busy during the deluge.

"It's not been too bad actually," she said.

"I think we've only had half a dozen jobs in the past few days. We've been tarping rooves, sandbagging, those sort of things at Tamborine, Beaudesert and Canungra."

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