QUEANBEYAN Police have reiterated warnings for drivers not to enter flood water after a Carwoola man became trapped on Hoskinstown Road near Braidwood on Tuesday afternoon.
The 27-year-old man was returning home from Bungendore when his Toyota Prado became stuck in rising flood waters at the Bombay Creek crossing.
The four wheel drive was then pushed to the side of the crossing by the force of the water and was at risk of being washed further downstream.
A passing motorist was able to throw the man a rope and bring him to safety but as of Wednesday morning Fire Rescue and SES has been unable to salvage the vehicle.
Queanbeyan Police acting inspector Nick Hallett said the incident was yet another example of the dangers posed by driving into flood water.
“Not for one second would I advise drivers to ever take a chance on crossing flood waters,” he said. “You can never know whether the underlying road conditions have changed due to the water.
“It’s also not necessarily that your car will get flooded but that the water pressure can push a vehicle off a crossing downstream and into deeper water. There could also be submerged debris.
“It is always safer not to enter flood water and to just be patient.”
A woman also had to be rescued from her car trapped in flood water 10km south of Tarago.
Heavy rain has lashed the region over the past 72 hours with 55ml falling in Queanbeyan on Monday alone – the wettest September day ever recorded.
The rain has resulted in the temporary closures of Oaks Estate Road and also the low-lying Morisset Street Bridge in Queanbeyan.