Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Historic Australian flooding leaves 500 homes under water

The landslide caused a retaining wall to collapse on Stanley Street Townsville. Source Ben Downie/7NewsMore The landslide caused a retaining wall to collapse on Stanley Street Townsville. Source Ben Downie/7NewsMore
Andrew Cummings | 06 February, 2019, 04:03

Amelia Rankin stands in flooded waters in Hermit Park, Townsville, Queensland, Australia February 3, 2019.

More than 500 homes in Australia are underwater and thousands more face the risk of flooding as historic rains pour over the city of Townsville in Queensland.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited a new housing estate where scores of homes had been inundated.

Townsville has been hammered by more than one metre of rain in a week for the first time on record. 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.

"Queensland has already born its fair share of extreme weather recently, with unprecedented bushfires, drought, heatwave, a cyclone, and now intense rainfall and flood", said Richard Thornton of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre.

"I just couldn't believe what I saw. there were just wades of water coming through the shed and [patio]".

"The real work is to make sure that they can get through the clean-up and rebuild their lives".

The monsoon trough that has delivered disaster to Townsville has also generated floods out west, with farmers around Cloncurry, McKinlay and Flinders shire reporting livestock losses.

Major Hodge said his own home was "gone" and he had to evacuate his own family from Idalia on Sunday night.

9 News reported that entire suburbs of Townsville were completely submerged.

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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has warned the damage bill could reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Residents in an Australian city have been warned to watch out for crocodiles "in unexpected places" in the wake of unprecedented flooding.

"Cannot stress it enough to stay out of the water", Townsville resident Erin Hahn wrote on Facebook Sunday, beneath a picture of a crocodile at the end of her father's driveway.

As of Tuesday morning, the weather shows no signs of letting up across Queensland.

Townsville residents woke on Monday morning to scenes of total chaos, with thousands of homes, vehicle parks and shopping centres nearly totally submerged and huge crocodiles roaming city streets.

It was feared flash flooding from the release would more than double the height of record-high flood levels already raging through the heart of the city with up to 2000 cubic metres of water per second expected to be unleashed from the dam.

Morrison declined to say whether the torrential rain, which has been described as a one-in-100-year event, was a demonstration of climate change.

"I lost a little girl when she was three and a half and I can't replace that photo". "We are not out of the woods yet".

"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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