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Townsville warned as floodgates open BBC Online

05 February, 2019, 07:13 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • The landslide caused a retaining wall to collapse on Stanley Street Townsville. Source Ben Downie/7NewsMore

It is believed the bodies are those of Hughie Morton, 21, and Troy Mathieson, 23, who were last seen on Ross River Road in Townsville near floodwaters on Monday morning, The Townsville Bulletin reported.

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.

Hughie Morton and Troy Mathieson have been missing since Monday.

Police had been called to the shopping centre on Ross River Rd half an hour before to reports of an attempted break in at Dan Murphy's.

The pair had not been located by Monday night despite extensive inquiries with family and friends, and a search of floodwaters and the area has begun as a precaution, police say.

Forecasters predict up to 268mm more rainfall to come on top of the record-breaking 1134mm in the North Queensland city.

"I'm really imploring to the people in those vulnerable areas, start thinking now about what you are going to do".

Up to 20,000 homes are also at risk of being inundated if the rains continue.

It fears there could be up to two more metres of rain before the deluge relents, potentially leading to "catastrophic" flooding.

"Townsville has had the equivalent of more than one metre of rain over the last seven days, this is an all time record", the premier said.

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Townsville floods. Aerial damage of Railway Estate from a helicopter.

Thousands of people in northeast Australia should expect "unprecedented flooding", authorities have warned, after relentless downpours forced a dam to be fully opened on Sunday. We don't want to get to that stage [but] we can't control that, ' Munro said.

The premier said 11 local government areas were impacted across the north of our state, with five local government areas to receive hardship assistance.

"It's basically not just a one in 20-year event, it's a one in 100-year event", she told reporters yesterday.

"Fundamentally what do you have to do to make people leave?", she said.

Emergency workers and the army said they had received more than 1,000 calls for help.

Two police and two ambulance officers caught in the flooding had to be plucked to safety - one officer having to climb a tree - after they were stranded in the flood disaster overnight while themselves trying to help others.

Australian soldiers drive through flood waters in Hermit Park, Townsville. Floodwaters are also full of snakes, with authorities telling people they must stay out of the water.

"So grateful to this incredible human in our time of need honestly can't thank him enough", she said.

So while this weather remains, keep an eye out for any warnings on our website and app, and follow the advice of your emergency services.



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