Queensland couple lucky to be alive as tsunami-like wave washes them away on top of a water tank

A North Burnett couple say they’re lucky to be alive after surviving a morning clinging to a water tank in raging floodwaters.

In the early hours of Saturday about 600 millimetres of rainfall was recorded at Dallarnil north of Gympie.

Dallarnil resident Tiarna Bramich and her accomplice have been woken by the downpour shortly after midnight when their home started to shake. 

“We thought the home was going to take off,” she mentioned.

“It did not look too dangerous exterior so we thought we may make it to larger floor after which we received out alongside the home after which there was simply this massive wave.

The couple climbed a water tank to escape the torrent.

“We have been making an attempt to keep above water — my ft received caught in a fence and it sort of pulled me beneath,” Ms Bramich mentioned. 

“If my accomplice wasn’t there, there isn’t any method I’d have survived that. He pushed me into a tree and the tanks have been proper subsequent to it.

“It all occurred within the blink of a watch.”

Saying goodbye to family members

Ms Bramich mentioned her and her accomplice known as their households to say goodbye.

“We known as our households and mentioned goodbye as a result of we did not assume we’d make it off there. It was onerous listening to them on the opposite facet of the cellphone very upset.

“That was the toughest factor.”

They fought to keep alive, earlier than being rescued by neighbours 4 hours later.

“We have been on the primary tank — after which that simply took off, so we jumped on a second tank after which we thought we have been secure,” Ms Bramich mentioned.

“It caught for like two minutes after which that one simply took off.

“Two bushes fell down and the tank received caught in there, so we did not transfer.”

The couple stayed put till assist got here.

Rural fire brigade volunteers walk into a flood damaged house
Rural Fire Brigade volunteers started clean-up efforts on Saturday.(ABC Wide Bay: Johanna Marie)

North Dallarnil Rural Fire Brigade First Officer Max Pearce mentioned they’re uncertain of the place the tsunami-like wave got here from.

“It has shifted concrete tanks full of water, it shifted 5,000-gallon poly tanks full of water and doubtless 18 automobiles within the city impacted by the floodwaters.

“I’ve heard there are a couple of dams that allow go, however no person is saying that was what precipitated the inflow of water.”

Man with serious face stands in front of fire truck
Max Pearce says Rural Fire Brigade volunteers have been working across the clock to present help to Dallarnil residents. (ABC Wide Bay: Johanna Marie )

As a native to Darllarnil, Mr Pearce mentioned it was tough to watch his group be so unprepared for the flood.

“When I first drove within the city, the devastation was unreal,” Mr Pearce mentioned.

“We have not had a lot sleep our fellows are working lengthy hours. It will not be again to regular, there’s a lot extra work to be executed forward.

“It’s a little bit onerous to comprehend, [the Bureau of Meteorology] did not get a higher idea of when it was going to hit.”

A car off the road and road damage
The Rural Fire Brigade estimates 18 automobiles have been swept up in flood water, which additionally precipitated extreme injury to roads. (Supplied: Rural Fire Brigade)

North Burnett Councillor Wendy Whyatt mentioned Dallarnil without the agricultural fireplace brigade volunteers, residents felt they have been receiving no help for flood restoration.

“They’re making an attempt to clear up however with restricted companies, so it is all a bit overwhelming for them all,” she mentioned.

“Sometimes they’re simply in survival mode, so it is onerous to type of course of issues.”

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