In low-lying parts of Lawrence, downstream from the NSW town of Grafton, residents were on alert to flee in another day of weather chaos across two states.
Motorists ignored warning signs to drive into floodwaters, as torrential rain, hail and savage storms battered Queensland's southeast.
Swiftwater rescue teams in southeast Queensland carried out six retrievals, prompting emergency services to voice frustration that people were still not heeding warnings against entering flooded roads.
"People are not using their common sense," said Gold Coast emergency responder Ray Ware. Read More