Queensland floods 'one in 100-year event', Latest World News

Queensland floods 'one in 100-year event', Latest World News

"Water is raising (sic) fast", his wife Bronywn had previously written.

But while fear of crocodiles and losing everything to floods or looters is top of his mind right now, there's also anger building about the decision to open the gates at the swollen Ross River Dam.

Australian Defence Force members launched boats into the streets of Idalia and Oonoonba last night, in Townsville's south, searching for any lights on or residents in need of rescue.

"Can anyone please help", Nicole Brewster wrote.

Around 400 Townsville residents have sought shelter at nearby Lavarak military barracks. The suburb had waist-height water overnight. Grocery store chain Woolworths said it was sending in food supplies by barge, while supermarket chain Coles was flying stocks into Cairns and trucking them to Townsville. We have a grey ute out the front (for as long as it can be seen anyway).

The latest police deployment adds support for extra officers already stationed in the flood-affected region, with Commissioner Gee saying security was a priority moving forward. The reptile was spotted somewhere around Palmetum and the Good Shepherd Home. "We still have many roads that are cut around those areas".

The premier said about 200 callers were still waiting for help on Monday morning.

The Queensland Police tweeted: "Schools from Halixfax, Townsvile & Giru that were closed on Friday will remain closed tomorrow". Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has warned Townsville residents that flooding has not yet reached its peak as torrential rain continues. AAP Image/Andrew Rankin/via REUTERS Flooding is seen in Rosslea, Townsville, Queensland, Australia February 2, 2019.

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"We've never seen so much water in our lives", said local radio journalist Gabi Elgood.

Earlier today the bureau said tornado-strength winds were possible along the north Queensland coast during the day.

"What do you have to say to them, how many times do you have to give them warnings". About 1000 people have taken refuge in those centres.

It said Townsville had broken its record for the wettest seven days in a row, with 1,012mm of rain falling by the end of Saturday, compared with the previous record of 886mm in 1998.

"We are literally in unchartered territory for this city", Mayor Jenny Hill said.

"The conditions are changing rapidly, so if you're in one of the areas which will likely be hit by more rain in the coming hours and days, make sure you heed the warnings and stay safe".

"We've been giving warnings for the last three days, we doorknocked the areas previously to warn people there was a significant risk, in fact some people were doorknocked twice".

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