Woman drowns in floodwaters moments after leaving Hungry Jacks drive-thru

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A woman in Brisbane has drowned in floodwaters, just moments after she picked up a meal from fast-food restaurant Hungry Jacks.

At about 8pm on Thursday night, emergency services were called to a creek in Aspley, in Brisbane's north, after reports of a car being swept into away by floodwaters.

A 52-year-old man, who was driving the car, escaped from the vehicle and was located alive a short time after and assessed by ambulance personnel.

At 11.15pm, the sedan was recovered and the passenger, a 44-year-old woman, was found inside and pronounced dead.

The 44-year-old woman was found dead in the sedan hours after the car was swept away by flood waters. Source: Nine News
The 44-year-old woman was found dead in the sedan hours after the car was swept away by flood waters. Source: Nine News

The man and woman had just left a partially flooded Hungry Jack's restaurant car park before their car was swept away.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the woman's death, Queensland Police said.

The motorists had just picked up food from na Hungry Jack's restaurant. Source: Google Maps
The motorists had just picked up food from Hungry Jack's restaurant. Source: Google Maps

"Another tragedy on so many levels occurred last night. Our thoughts are with all the people who knew the lady who lost her life," Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan said on Friday.

"It will be a very sad Christmas for their family and friends."

The tragedy comes just a day after a 75-year-old woman from Taringa died after her car became submerged in Brisbane's west.

Rain will continue to fall in Queensland, where four people have already died in flood-related incidents. Source: AAP
Rain will continue to fall in Queensland, where four people have already died in flood-related incidents. Source: AAP

Queensland Police Assistant Commissioner Ben Marcus said there have been four seperate and fatal flood-related incidents in the last three weeks.

As more rain is expected to hit the state, Assistant Comm Marcus has begged motorists to not cross floodwaters.

Woman swept away in southern NSW

A woman has also died in floodwaters in NSW after her body was found on Friday morning in the Snowy Monaro region.

About 2.20am on Friday, emergency services were called to Tuross, south of Canberra, following reports a vehicle with two people in it, a man and a woman, had become trapped in floodwaters.

Police were told the woman escaped from the car but was swept away. Police found the male occupant a a short distance away. The body of the woman was located by SES volunteers downstream at 7.15am.

More flooding and severe weather for NSW and Queensland

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast more severe thunderstorms for Queensland's southeast, particularly the Sunshine Coast, Capricornia and Wide Bay and Burnett districts.

Heavy rain is also set to hit areas that are already experiencing major flooding along the Dawson, Weir, Condamine and Balonne Rivers in central and southern Queensland.

There are several flood warnings throughout the NSW coast. The NSW South Coast, around Moruya is one of the worst hit areas with heavy rainfall across the Moruya River catchment.

The town of Mogo, just south of Bateman's Bay, was under water on Friday morning. Some residents had been living in tents and sheds due to the Black Summer bushfires two years earlier.

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