Australian leader tours floods where 2 men reported missing

Australian leader tours floods where 2 men reported missing

Australian leader tours floods where 2 men reported missing

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.

Winds are expected to gust at up to 100 kilometres (62 miles) an hour on the coast.

The monsoon trough that's flooded large swathes of Townsville unleashed another deluge overnight, on communities in the city's north.

The floodgates of the city's dam were opened to prevent the Ross River from breaking its banks, flooding some suburbs.

Earlier today, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk requested Category 3 assistance from the federal government, assistance Mr Morrison said "we are happy to provide". "In Queensland, of course, we're used to seeing natural disasters, but Townsville has never seen the likes of this".

"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.

It comes as last night the Bulletin revealed the pair had been reported as missing from the vicinity of Dan Murphy's on Ross River Rd, Aitkenvale.

Emergency crews, including about 1,500 members of the Australian military, helped rescue people and their pets with inflatable boats.

The trough that's been dumping flooding rain across Queensland is expected to dump more rain on the region for at least a few more days.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has arrived in the flood-ravaged region of far north Queensland to speak to locals and ride around with the Australian Army.

Residents have been told not to try to return to their sodden homes until authorities tell them it's safe to do so, but it doesn't stop them looking.

It's unclear how many more homes may have been inundated. On Sunday the figure was between 400 and 500, but that was before dam releases were doubled.

Disaster officials yesterday defended their decision not to forcibly move stranded residents - with 1,100 people assisted to relocate at the height of catastrophic flooding - despite special powers granted to police under a disaster declaration.

Around 20 suburbs such as Fairfield Waters and 20,000 homes are feared to be at risk.

The Premier said the dam had been managed well, and the council did what it had to do.

Australia's tropical north typically experiences heavy rains during the monsoon season at this time of the year, but the recent downpour has far exceeded normal levels.

"We know from research conducted this month that many people still think it is ok to drive or play in floodwater", Mel Taylor from the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC said in a statement to Scimex.

Valarie Thompson said she was awoken by the rain at 2:00am and hasn't been able to leave her Forestry Road home since Saturday. "Do not go swimming in those floodwaters, and when the clean-up begins, you need to make sure that you are wearing closed-in boots".

Related news