A machinery operator has come to the rescue, making his way through metre-deep water to carry a man out of floodwaters in the bucket of his excavator.
After rescue crews deemed the water too intense, the Mirani man ploughed through the rapids in his excavator to get the stranded man to safety.
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The man became stranded on the roof of his car amid swirling floodwaters after a sudden deluge dumped more than 200 millimetres in a matter of hours.
A video exclusively provided to 7NEWS shows the scared motorist clinging to the top of his car in Mirani, west of Mackay, after getting into trouble in the raging water.
The man can then be seen carried to safety in the bucket of an excavator.
Will Graham said his boss scooped the motorist up and ferried him to safety.
The car had just “come around the corner and hit the water, I guess,” Graham said.
“He was swamped.”
Once out of harm’s way, Graham said his boss gave the driver “a few beers and a bit of dry clothing”.
Rain fell hard and fast across Mackay and its surrounds, filling gutters, cutting off roads and pooling in paddocks.
Fenners Road received the most rain overnight, with 222mm recorded.
Coen recorded 127mm, while out west Springsure Creek recorded 117mm.
“By the end of the next week many places could be sitting around 150 per cent of their January average rainfall,” said Harry Clarke, Senior Meteorologist.
More rain predicted
The rain is showing no signs of easing right across the state, driven by moisture left over by ex-tropical cyclone Ellie – making it difficult to predict where the heaviest falls will be.
“Anywhere north of St Lawrence all the way up to Cairns and well inland is at risk of seeing these heavy falls,” said Clarke.
There could be an even bigger system on the horizon, with the Bureau now closely watching the forecast for a potential cyclone
“Some of the modelling is showing a tropical low developing in the coral sea during next week,” said Clarke.
-with Jordan Bissell
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