Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Firefighters Get Ready for Storms

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Firefighters Get Ready for Storms

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Byline: Amy Lyne amy.lyne@thechronicle.com.au

THE region's firefighters are busy preparing for storm season and urging motorists to think before driving through flooded waters.

This comes as statistics revealed the number of motorists who still believed their vehicle was stronger than flood waters.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services director of operations Paul Smeath said while 67 per cent of people surveyed did take the If It's Flooded Forget It initiative seriously, there were others who did not.

"The unfortunate part about the survey though indicated some fairly concerning statistics, especially with regards to males that live within the rural and regional areas that own four-wheel drives and utes," he said.

"One in 10 of those individuals believe that they can actually still drive their vehicles through swift water.

"And another concern was that over 50 per cent of 4WD owners (that) were surveyed believed that their vehicles were capable of handling flooded waters. …

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