Video: Police fed up with stupidity of drivers in water
POLICE are fed up with the stupidity of some motorists after four people needed rescuing from floodwaters on Friday.
Miriam Vale officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Owen Harms said in two separate incidents, emergency service crews were called to the aid of drivers whose vehicles had become caught in floodwaters.
Sgt Harms said their irresponsible behaviour could easily have ended in tragedy.
He said he didn't want another accident on his watch.
"Not only do they risk their own lives, but also emergency services personnel."
He said people were ignoring road signs.
"Police are fed up with some motorists," he said. "Road closure signs are blatantly obvious and easy to see."
Miriam Vale SES group leader Terry Shelly said every time there was rain his crew was called in to rescue people.
"It happens all the time. They don't know what's under the water," he said.
German backpacker Robert Bahners said he and his friends weren't going to try getting across the floodwaters in their van.
"We were going to Agnes and now we have to wait here for a couple of hours or more," he said.
"We are heading south so we don't know whether to keep going or just wait."
The Shop Miriam Vale owner Sue Thorne said the rain meant it was a busier than usual Friday.
"We have a few extra people stuck in town and strolling the main street," she said.
"As people are travelling we will stay open a little later tonight to let people know what's going on and point them in the right direction."
'We ran out to get the silly buggers'
EMERGENCY Services workers waved in vain from the other side of floodwaters in a bid to try to stop a driver near Miriam Vale on Friday.
But minutes later, the driver, George, and his passenger were forced to abandon the car.
It was the second rescue in four hours on Fingerboard Rd after 160mm of rain fell overnight at Miriam Vale.
George, from Oyster Creek, said he had seen the road-closed sign, but drove around it.
"We went past four places where water is usually on the road and there was no water," he said.
"We went in and it was shallow for 300m and then suddenly it was too late to turn around."
George got a $130 fine. He was not happy with police.
He said a policeman had seen him on the other side of the floodwaters and had not stopped him.
"So we thought it would be fine to cross."
Miriam Vale officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Owen Harms said police were not able to control everyone.
"Police were dealing with many motorists and were unable to talk to each motorist," he said. "Road-closure signs were clear and in place for all to see."
Peter Hill saw the vehicle go under and ran to help.
"They had a box trailer and it started floating and took them off the road," he said. "We just ran out to get the silly buggers."
Car 'just stopped' in floodwaters
A YOUNG girl and a female driver were forced to jump off the roof of their car into almost a metre of water to be saved by the SES on Friday.
Theirs was the first of two cars lost in flood waters on Fingerboard Rd in Miriam Vale.
The call out was at 9.30am and the water level was still rising.
The driver of the vehicle said her car just stopped.
"There were three cars in front of me who all made it across and our car just stopped," she said.
"The water wasn't as high as it is now but I watched it rise from the roof of my car."
A semi-trailer driver volunteered to tow the vehicle out of the water.
The pair waited for more than three hours for a tow truck to come and they watched as a second car was lost in the same spot.