Flood warning signs failed
WARNING lights were not working on the flood plains near Lethebrook last Wednesday morning when a man and his car were washed off the road into rising flood waters.
The fault was caused by a software malfunction.
In what was a lucky escape, the 25-year-old Proserpine man managed to get out of his car and made his way to a tree where he waited, clinging for an hour-and-a-half until the Mackay water rescue team arrived.
Scott Boldiston was driving to work at about 4am and said he didn't see the water over the road until he was in it.
He said it was dark and the warning signs weren't flashing so he wasn't aware of the water until it was too late.
“If there is no indicators to see, you think the road is fine,” he said.
His partner Bridget Middleton said it was terrible the signs could not be relied upon.
“Scott was doing everything right,” she said.
“It wasn't like he saw it and tried to cross it.”
The warning signs were installed on the Bruce Highway at Goorganga Plains by Main Roads in February last year to prevent people from crossing the road in dangerous conditions.
A Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said the signs had sensors for when water was about to go over the road which sent notification to road network managers but the lights did not activate last Wednesday morning.
“The department carried out an investigation to determine why the flashing lights did not activate early Wednesday morning and found that a software malfunction was the cause,” the spokesperson said.
“The supplier has since rectified the software error to ensure that this situation does not occur again.”
Additional ‘water over road signs' were put out at either side of the flood plain on Wednesday but there is some discrepancy as to when this happened.
Mr Boldiston said he saw a council ute putting lights and signs out at about 5am but Main Roads said their staff were sent out at about 3am.
The self employed contractor and father of three's work ute was a write-off and although his trailer was salvaged, most of his work tools have been ruined.