'One-in-100-year event': Boats, helicopters deployed in Australian flood rescue

Kerry GarnerFeb 06, 2019

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

Meanwhile, the rains show no signs of stopping, as Morrison and other senior government officials toured the area and met with those displaced by the floods. Expressing sympathy for young families who had lost their homes."The real work is to make sure that they can get through the clean-up and rebuild their lives".

Cairns: 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.

"We've never seen anything like this before", Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

The crocs were spotted in the residential neighbourhood of Mundingburra just before 10pm last night, with one person posting a photo of one sitting in the water on her driveway to social media.

"(It) was almost a meter or two long (3.3 to 6.6 feet)", she said.

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Forecasters are now anxious that a tornado could form in the region in the coming days as monsoonal conditions and strong winds continue. The dam was holding 224% of its capacity Monday afternoon, according to 9 News, after peaking Sunday night at 247%.

The authorities were forced to open floodgates of a major dam late Sunday, unleashing what they called "dangerous and high velocity flows".

"Everyone held their breath hopeful that that rainfall wouldn't fall into the Ross River catchment". "We are not out of the woods yet".

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.

The Ross River reached its peak Monday morning and was expected to remain at that level through Tuesday.

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