Boats, helicopters deployed for rescues in Australia floods
- Author: Joe Gonzales Feb 06, 2019,
Feb 06, 2019, 8:40
Queensland's environment minister, Leeanne Enoch, warned about the dangers of crocodiles and other reptiles after some residents reported seeing them in suburban areas. "The real work is to make sure they can get through the clean up and resume their lives".
Australia's military has been deployed to tackle devastating "once-in-a-century" floods that have inundated homes, schools and airports in the country's northeast, forcing hundreds to flee and bringing crocodiles onto the streets. Local resident Gresham Ross told 9 News that the floodwaters are the highest he's seen in 30 years of living in the area.
"This is unprecedented, we've never seen anything like this before", she said.
In one affected suburb, Mundingburra, a family spotted a crocodile outside their house.
"(It) was almost a meter or two long (3.3 to 6.6 feet)", she said. The Two dead bodies have been found t on Tuesday as continuing heavy rain prompted authorities to warn of further flash flooding in the hours ahead.
The Ross River at Aplin Weir was measured at 3.11 metres on Sunday night, with authorities expecting it to continue to rise another four metres.
Neighbourhoods were inundated after the authorities chose to open the floodgates of a dam on the River Ross on Sunday in response to days of torrential rain.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said overnight rain had thankfully missed the catchment of the dam, which remains swollen with water.
The record breaking rainfall has dropped a whopping 1012mm on the area in just seven days, beating the city's previous record of 886mm back in 1998.
In one instance, two police officers were pulled to safety after being forced to cling to trees when floods swept away their vehicle.
The Ross River reached its peak Monday morning and was expected to remain at that level through Tuesday.