Footage of a tractor towing vehicles through floodwaters shows the risks some motorists took in attempting to drive the Great Northern Highway which was closed because of flooding. As floodwaters crept towards 1.6m, a tractor was captured towing a ute through the Blue Bush Floodway, east of Fitzroy Crossing, while passengers in a further three vehicles appeared to wait their turn to be guided through the water. The footage was taken by a Main Roads CCTV camera on Sunday, November 27 between 8 and 9am. Not all motorists who rolled the dice and tried to drive the flooded highway between Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek made it. Several cars had to be abandoned in the floodwaters with water eventually reaching the vehicles’ roofs. The Great Northern Highway was closed between Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek on Friday, November 25 following thunderstorms and heavy downpours across the East Kimberley. The Gibb River Road from Mt Barnett to the Great Northern Highway was also closed because of flooding Motorists were warned that as there were likely to be more road closures this wet they should not drive through closed roads. Department of Fire and Emergency Services Acting Superintendent Leon Gardiner said they were hearing stories of unsuccessful attempts by motorists who had tried to navigate the closed section of the highway between Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek. “Roads are closed for a special reason — to manage their safety,” he said. “We have had a number of people driving through floodways and a number of vehicles were stranded. Some motorists had to turn back or were helped by bystanders. “The reasons the roads get closed at Halls Creek or Fitzroy Crossing is to stop people getting stranded in between. They will get to these floodways and become isolated.” At the time of print floodwaters were receding rapidly at Blue Bush Floodway and Main Roads were hopeful the Great Northern Highway would be opened at midday on Tuesday, November 29. Showers and thunderstorms were expected later this week and could lead to further river rises. Motorists are reminded to check Main Roads WA website for the latest information on closed roads.