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Quad Bike Spotted Hanging From Powerlines Shows True Extent Of Queensland’s Wild Floods

Rachel Lang

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Quad Bike Spotted Hanging From Powerlines Shows True Extent Of Queensland’s Wild Floods

An incredible photo of a quad bike hanging from powerlines shows just how high flood waters rose in regional Queensland.

The image, snapped in Gympie, 170km north of Brisbane, shows the four-wheeler dangling from the eclectic wires by its handlebars.

The State Emergency Service (SES) called in a cherry picker to remove the sky-high all-terrain vehicle. 

Around 30,000 people across South East Queensland are still without power after the ‘rain bomb’ lashed the bottom corner of the state.

Entire homes have been destroyed, with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk telling ABC News she expected the flood bill to be in the millions, 'if not hitting the billion mark'.

“It’s not just people’s homes and their businesses, it’s also the road networks, it’s the parks, it’s so widespread, across such a large area,” she said.

“We know from time to time we experience weather events or floods that are contained to a particular region. This went right across the south-east.”

Palaszczuk revealed the intense rain system dumped the equivalent of 80 per cent of the region's total annual rainfall in two to three days.

Meanwhile, the ‘rain bomb’ has been moving south, with Sydney expected to be hit by the massive rain front on today (March 2), with conditions set to worsen in the next 48 hours.

Huge swells, heavy rainfall and gale-force winds are also expected.

SES spokesman Adam Jones advised Sydney residents can protect themselves by reading sandbags and preparing their homes for the possible deluge. 

“We are asking people to make sure your gutters are clean, if there is something to fly away, such as a trampoline, tie it down. Prepare yourself. Get some sandbags if your area is prone to flooding,” he told news.com.au.

“The preparation stops jobs coming through and helps us. The less we have it makes a huge difference.”

Featured Image Credit: Energex/Gympie Council

Topics: Australia, Weather, News

Rachel Lang
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