Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Car Washed Away in Flooded Creek

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Car Washed Away in Flooded Creek

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Byline: Louise O'Keeffe @thechronicle.com.au

FLAGSTONE Creek resident Mary Quade has never heard a more beautiful sound than her neighbour's tractor as she clung desperately to a branch after her car was washed away in a flooded creek on Saturday night.

Flagstone Creek backs on to Mrs Quade's property, but it wasn't flowing when she left for Toowoomba just three hours before.

"I know that creek and I never drive through water," she said.

"It was about 11pm when I was almost home, and as there were no lights it just looked black and glassy and I just thought it was wet bitumen.

"But as soon as I hit the water I tried to reverse, but the front lifted and I started to drift away.

"Once the water was up to my thighs, I knew I had to get out so I wound down the window and climbed on to the roof and called triple zero. …

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