Bodycam Captures Stunning Floodwater Rescue Of Elderly Man From QLD Storms
Sitting waist-deep in surging flood water, rescue came just in time for a man caught up in the devastating Queensland storms.
Officers from Richmond Police were on hand to evacuate the man from his totally flooded home at Maxwellton, around 550 kilometres west of Townsville, on Thursday.
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The 79-year-old man was sitting in a wheeled walking frame, waist-deep in floodwater at the front door of his home, when officers came upon him.
His house was inundated with water, but the man appeared calm and uninjured. His dog was sitting quietly on a bed, as water lapped at the edges of the mattress. Outside, a car and the front fence were almost entirely covered by the rising waters.
Police and a neighbour helped carry the man, unsteady on his feet, to a waiting helicopter. He left his house with just a small bag and the clothes on his back, the rest of his possessions seemingly ruined by the incredible floods.
"The man’s neighbour also assisted and took care of his dog which was also stranded," police said in a statement.
It's just the latest amazing story from the damaging floods, with countless examples of community spirit and generosity shining through.
One woman has rescued hundreds of animals injured or trapped by the waters, joking that her home now resembles a "zoo"; others have offered helping hands online, with local Facebook groups now resembling a 'lost and found' board with people announcing what they had recovered or misplaced through the disaster.
“Everyone just hooks in and helps out, people will always be worse off but there'll be people there to help them out,” said local Kylie Mcilroy.