Today show reporter rages at 4WD driving through Gold Coast floods
A Today Show reporter has slammed a ‘dangerous’ driver for motoring through floodwaters almost up to his windscreen live on TV.
Mia Glover fumed as the vehicle pushed through water in Palm Beach on the , which along with the rest of southeast has been battered by the heaviest rainfall it has ever seen.
‘There is a car just trying to come through this floodwater, just extraordinary, it is so deep,’ she said, even as the car effortlessly cruised through the floods.
‘This is exactly what authorities don’t want to see, they don’t want anyone gambling with their lives, and driving through these floodwaters.’
Ms Glover was surprised to see the 4WD ‘making waves’ and questioned whether the large vehicle would make it.
‘They’re trying to get out, trying to get to shelter, but this is just so dangerous,’ she said.
However, the 4WD barely even slowed down as it drove through the flooded street with ease, looking far from being in a dangerous situation.
The car passed close by her as it rose out of the water – and she fumed as it came close to hitting the TV crew.
‘Oh my goodness, we going to have to move back,’ Glover exclaimed.
‘The water just came up right close to us there, he almost hit us, that was just so close, that is just so dangerous, you cannot do that in these floodwaters.
A Today Show reporter lashed out at a 4WD driver who navigated dangerous floodwaters on the Gold Coast on Monday
The 4WD kept up a steady pace through waters that came close to the windscreen in the suburb of Palm Beach
‘That is something the police really don’t want to see, because they are the ones who have to go in there and rescue these people.’
Glover was also unhappy to be splashed by a wave the car generated in its wake, which rippled towards her as it approached.
A 4WD, when driven correctly, is typically able to navigate through water up to a reasonable depth and makes waves as it goes.
Gold Coast residents took a battering with heavy rains Sunday night, and an emergency alert for life-threatening flash flooding was in place for parts of the city.
The 4WD managed to emerge from the floodwaters – coming close to hitting a TV crew on the way
Residents in Tallebudgera Valley and Currumbin Valley were urged to sit tight under shelter unless it was unsafe to do so.
Access to the town has been cut and numerous rescues are underway, casahavanesa as all schools and beaches remain closed.
Further north there are major flood warnings in place for the Albert and Logan Rivers.
The city copped the brunt of the wild weather over the past 48 hours, with conditions ramping up Monday morning as severe thunderstorms made their way across the region.
The Queensland flood death toll has risen to eight, as residents are urged to stay indoors.