Why not to drive on closed roads

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 11:58
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This is a photo of the St George to Dirranbandi Road. It was underwater yesterday and they don't know when the damage occurred. It is about 20m wide and about 2m deep.

There is a heap of roads in the flooded areas that may have similar damage.

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Reply By: Fab72 - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 12:46

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 12:46
Pffft. An easy jump for the Blues Brothers.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tour Boy ( Bundy QLD) - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 12:47

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 12:47
It's in the country...better suited to the Dukes
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 12:49

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 12:49
Mmm...good point.
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 12:56

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 12:56
The approaches to the gap may look like this though

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Would make for an interesting attempt ;)


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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 13:07

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 13:07
Hmmmm, bit of a case there for some warranty work on that piece of road I reckon. The contractor who laid it obviously didn't do a very good job....hahaha
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Follow Up By: Member - Cantiva Clay (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 13:49

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 13:49
...what water......Image Could Not Be Found
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Follow Up By: OzTroopy - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 17:10

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 17:10
Just looking at your pic Sir Kev ....

... and Im surprised the highway patrol isnt there waiting to book people for being on the wrong side of the white line ....
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 13:05

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 13:05
So what are you doing driving on a 'Closed Road' eh , LOL , nice pic but..
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 14:14

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 14:14
It not me in the photo LOL



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Follow Up By: Member Boroma 604 - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 16:52

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 16:52
Gooday,
You should send those great pictures off to aALL the TV Stations so they can show them to all "THE MORONS" who attempt flooded raods.
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 20:10

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 20:10
Boroma604,

The photo of the Troopy was on the front page of yesterdays Courier Mail.

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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 14:25

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 14:25
Road to Doondi 2 days ago

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Road today after the water has dropped

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Follow Up By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 15:03

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 15:03
Nice pix SK and D - keep 'em coming...W
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Follow Up By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 15:13

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 15:13
So stop leaning on your shovel Kev & start using it to fix the damage. B...... council workers. LOL
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 20:02

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 20:02
Barry,

I am just enjoying watching all those Cane toad tadpoles get wash down south hehehehe


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Reply By: Fred G NSW - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 16:25

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 16:25
I guess the engineers will have a better idea of where all the natural water courses are now, aye :-)

Kev, how has the cotton held up ??? I know the cotton gins were gearing up for the 2010 season at the end of the month. I guess most of this season is floating south and west and to other points of the compass. Lucky I stayed home.

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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 20:04

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 20:04
Fred,

There has been a fair bit of loss to the cotton crop they are less than a month from harvest so the bols are starting to form which are now waterlogged with muddy water which has ruined the crop.

I just drove to Toowoomba and back and it appears the crop around Dalby has faired pretty well.

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Reply By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 16:39

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 16:39
G/Day Kev

There will be good $$$$$$$$ to be made hauling in Road Base ect, lets hope Anna Bligh keeps her word and gets things moving.

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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 20:06

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 20:06
Daza,

All roads around that area currently have a 5T load limit as the road is just crumbling under the weight :(

I think Mr Rudd will need to spend some $$ as well to fix it as there is a heap of railway lines washed away as well :(

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Reply By: StormyKnight - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 18:37

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 18:37
So thats why they say you should walk across water crossings

.....just goes to show that it can be a lot more dangerous on the black stuff than off road!
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 20:08

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 20:08
I wouldn't have walked in that water. Just the speed of the water would be enough to know not to cross. Even if you walked it would you walk it again on the return trip??

As the road might be fine on the trip there but it might not be there on the way back, even if it was only a 1 hour turn around.


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Reply By: D200Dug- Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 18:54

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 18:54
It is amazing the number of people who ignore road closed signs or argue with the road controllers who are blocking or diverting traffic.

I have seen and heard the most incredibly stupid people who just do not seem to understand the concept of the words "STOP ROAD CLOSED"

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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 20:01

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 20:01
It isn't just vehicles, all private boats are also currently grounded unless the operator has written consent from the Council as the fast flowing water is a hazard to ill equiped boats for the water currents being experienced.

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Follow Up By: Member - Wayne B (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 21:31

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 21:31
Problem with Road Closed Signs is leave the sigh there even when the road is passable. Same as Road Work Ahead signs still displayed with the 40kph when there is not a sole in sight.

This type of thing makes people ignore the signs because they cant see any reason for them being there. Eventually they get caught out particularly driving on a road covered by muddy water. Not a sensible thing to do

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Follow Up By: D200Dug- Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 21:51

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 21:51
Agreed that can be an annoying possibility but if their is a large road closed sign and fast running water most intelligent people would not drive past the sign at 60kph and plunge into the flooded road at speed.

Nor would you expect an intelligent driver to totally ignore an SES volunteer waving a large stop sign to try to get past a truck crash then abuse and threaten the SES volunteer for stopping him form getting to where he wants to be untill police are called away from the accident scene to arrest the offender.

I have also seen a woman try to drive through a roadblock where emergency crews were working to extract injured people trapped in a car wreck scream at the SES staff because they have ruined her day by being so inconsiderate.

I was also involved in a search for 4 men who set of in dangerous floodwaters in a tiny 10ft tinny just on dark with no torch, no anchor and no life jackets. We found one alive in a tree the next morning his 3 companions had all drowned the night before.

That is the kind of plain stupidity I was referring to, the kind of idiots who put the lives and safety of others in danger because of their impatience.

Better a few hours or even days late than dead.
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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 20:27

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 20:27
Some road openings as of 3pm in the St George Region

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