Floodwaters safety advice

THIS summer Gympie Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to be aware of the dangers of floodwaters and to remember: "If it's flooded, forget it."

Firefighters warn that a split-second decision to enter floodwaters could cause a potential tragedy, with a lifelong impact on family and loved ones.

QFRS assistant commissioner for North Coast Region John Watson said firefighters conducted about 50 swift water rescues over the past two storm and cyclone seasons.

"In the Sunshine Coast hinterland, quiet creeks and waterways can become raging floodways during periods of heavy rainfall. This is also the case in the Kingaroy area. Complacency by locals in the past has led to tragedy. 'If it's flooded forget it' applies to everyone," he said.