'Oh my god': Scary moment car is washed away in floodwaters

Brianne Tolj
·2-min read

A man has filmed the terrifying moment a car was swept away by floodwaters during the torrential downpour that has drenched Australia’s east.

TikTok footage taken by Alexmakin3 reportedly in Springbrook in the Gold Coast Hinterlands shows the small, silver sedan sitting on a road as water rushes by.

Other cars can be seen stopped just behind the fast floodwaters.

The TikTok video captioned "One way to get home" shows the sedan tilting to the right before the intense rainwater picks it up and floats it down the temporary waterway.

"No way," one stunned man can be heard saying.

A car being swept away by floodwaters.
A man has filmed the terrifying moment a car was swept away by floodwaters during the torrential downpour that has drenched Australia’s east. Source: TikTok

“Quickest way home,” another chimes in.

It doesn't not appear that anyone is inside the vehicle.

It is unknown exactly where the footage, which has garnered 140,000 viewers, was taken, but NSW and parts of southern Queensland have been inundated with storms and rainfall for more than a week.

Hundreds of shocked viewers commented on the TikTok.

“That’s taking the scenic route to a whole new level. Just not worth the risk. Hope the driver got out ok,” a woman wrote.

A commenter said the female driver’s car broke down on the causeway before the floodwaters.

“Five minutes later the car was taken,” she said.

“What do you tell the insurance in this situation? Where’s the care now? I’ve no idea mate,” one man wrote.

18,000 NSW residents flee floodwaters

Some 18,000 NSW residents have already been evacuated from their homes to escape rising floodwaters.

Another 15,000 residents are on high alert after being warned they must be ready to leave on Tuesday as two "catastrophic" weather fronts roll across large swathes of the state.

People northwest of Sydney have been ordered to evacuate homes amid the unrelenting downpour as a massive amount of water flows into catchments, causing rivers to break their banks.

Major flooding is occurring along the Colo River in the Hawkesbury region and the State Emergency Service ordered about 500 people in 200 homes to get out on Tuesday.

Resident Shaun Ratko at his home in Port Macquarie. Source: AAP
Some 18,000 NSW residents have already been evacuated from their homes to escape rising floodwaters. Source: AAP

SES Commissioner Carlene York on Tuesday told reporters those people would otherwise have been trapped by the rising waters.

Boats and helicopters would be deployed to help them leave.

On the Hawkesbury River, another evacuation order was issued for low-lying properties in North Richmond, Agnes Banks and Windsor.

Warnings of moderate flooding along the Nepean River at Penrith are also in place and floodwaters are expected to affect the upper Nepean.

With AAP

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