A SECOND man this week has had to call on emergency services after being swept off a flooded causeway down a creek on the edge of Tamworth.
The man had attempted to drive through floodwater on the closed Burgmanns Lane on Thursday afternoon, when the force of the water gushing over the causeway washed his ute - and the trailer he was towing - downstream.
The Tamworth branch of the State Emergency Services (SES), police and paramedics rushed to the scene to find the man sitting on the bank "watching his ute in the water".
It is understood the driver had managed to escape from where his ute came to rest in Goonoo Goonoo Creek and was not hurt.
The SES and police were back at the scene on Friday morning to recover the wreck from the water.
SES Deputy Zone Commander Superintendent Mitch Parker told the Leader it was "extremely frustrating" that people kept ignoring repeated warnings to be careful and obey road signs.
The incident came just days after a complex rescue took place to save a man from where his ute had washed down Goonoo Goonoo Creek, when he too tried to cross the flooded Burgmanns Lane causeway.
"It is extremely frustrating that we try really hard to educate the community, and what else can we do?" Superintendent Parker said.
"We just have to plead with them to take our advice."
He said it was another very lucky escape.
"This situation is so dangerous, you can drown in your own vehicle," he said.
"And, it doesn't just put your own life at risk, it's the lives of the rescuers as well.
"You wouldn't drive into a fire, because you'd get burnt, so don't drive into a flood."
The SES and police were back at the creek on Friday morning with a heavy tow truck to try and recover the ute from its watery resting place.
Tamworth was battered by wild weather over the past week, and Burgmanns Lane has been closed to all traffic since Monday morning.