This giant spider being rescued from Australian flood waters will absolutely haunt your dreams

Queensland saw major flooding earlier this year, with more than a dozen schools closed down.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk travelled the area and assessed the damage, after the area from Cairns to Townsville was declared a disaster area at the time.

"I don't think people in the south-east realise how much impact this flood has had on this region and the surrounding communities," she said. "About 90 per cent of properties have had some impact from the floodwaters."

But it's not just the water damage that people had to worry about. The Queensland Environment Department said that residents in the affected areas should be on the lookout for snakes and crocodiles turning up in "unexpected places". But if you thought that was bad enough, it turns out that the weather brought out even more creepy critters, including massive spiders.

Footage of a huge spider clinging to a branch above the flooded Herbert River at Halifax went viral after it was posted to Facebook and Twitter. The original video was posted by Andrew Gilberto, with the report being spread by Channel 9 News.

However, rather than running away like most of us would do, locals plucked the branch from above the river and helped the spider away from the flooded waters. But online people had a very different reaction.

I'll tend to get spiders out of my house rather than kill them, but I don't think I would be quite as nice when it comes to ones this size. In fact, it will probably be the fastest I've run in my entire life.