Crocodile Spotted In Driveway Following Townsville Floods

Crocodile Spotted In Driveway Following Townsville Floods

Crocodile Spotted In Driveway Following Townsville Floods

As more rain fell in a week than the area is accustomed to seeing in a year, the Ross River dam above the town of Townsville was at 247% capacity.

Intense rain on Sunday forced authorities to open the floodgates to relieve pressure and prevent a collapse, releasing around 1,900 cubic meters of water per second downriver.

"If the rain continues overnight and into tomorrow, if we keep going the way we are today, we are talking about 10,000 to 20,000 homes".

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has gone to the disaster zone and is expected to provide an update from Townsville at about 6.30am.

Power is cut to thousands of homes in the north Queensland city, and hundreds of people who've been forced from their homes by waist- and chest-deep water are taking refuge at evacuation centres, and with family and friends on higher ground.

Dozens of other locals have posted via social media they're perched on kitchen benches and their rooftops awaiting rescues.

Australian soldiers drive through flood waters in Hermit Park, Townsville.

The record set during 1998's infamous "Night of Noah" floods has already been smashed, with more than 1.65m of raining falling in some parts of the region in the last 7 days. "We don't want to get to that stage [but] we can't control that".

Schools in Townsville remain closed and a decision will be made early on Monday about whether to reopen the city's airport after all flights were cancelled late on Sunday.

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"In Queensland, of course, we're used to seeing natural disasters, but Townsville has never seen the likes of this".

"What do you have to say to them, how many times do you have to give them warnings".

The north-east Austra-lian city of Townsville could face tornadoes, just as it is being hit by devastating floods, the authorities said.

ANDREW Roberts is more anxious about being eaten by a crocodile in his Townsville home than chest-high water surging through the ground floor.

In hardest-hit Rosslea, Megan Simmonds, 26, has been helping neighbours carry out their belongings from devastated homes where many are already under 2m of water.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said overnight rain had thankfully missed the catchment of the dam, which remains swollen with water.

Unsafe and unpredictable conditions with the potential for more flash flooding are expected to continue for at least the next 24 hours. "You can't say you weren't warned that something could happen", she said.

Speaking to reporters Monday, Queensland state Prime Minister Anastasia Palaszczuk warned that more rain in Townsville and the surrounding area over the next two days could cause flash flooding.

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