20,000 homes at risk in Australia floods as crocodiles, snakes wash up

20,000 homes at risk in Australia floods as crocodiles, snakes wash up

20,000 homes at risk in Australia floods as crocodiles, snakes wash up

Julia Hunt/Social Media/via REUTERS Flooding is seen in Bicentennial Park in Queensland, Australia, in this still photo from a February 3, 2019 drone video footage by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

He watched the floodwaters rising under his home for days before he finally left on Sunday when he heard the dam floodgates would be fully opened.

Other residents on higher ground are nervously waiting inside their homes to see just how far flood waters will rise after unprecedented releases from the city's swollen dam.

"We still don't know how much more rain will fall in the catchment, " she said.

"It's easily hundreds, it could be thousands", she said, but added audit teams were being hampered by the enduring risk of flash floods hitting with each new deluge.

"We want people just to stay safe... we've given all the warnings we can to the community".

"If the thought of coming face to face with a crocodile isn't deterrent enough, before you start playing in flood waters you should always remember the distinct possibility you could be wading in your neighbor's feces. Yes".

The weather was atrocious overnight, with two police engaged in evacuation work rescued themselves after fast rising flood waters trapped them and washed away their patrol auto.

Australian Army soldiers spent the night evacuating around 400 residents from Idalia telling locals they were working as fast as possible. "It's very hard for us to predict what is going to happen over the next 24 hours so I would say to the community of Townsville, please stay strong", Hill said.

The Queensland Police tweeted: "Schools from Halixfax, Townsvile & Giru that were closed on Friday will remain closed tomorrow".

'The modelling says what it is going to say - it could move up to the 10,000, 20,000 [homes].

Military personnel were delivering tens of thousands of sandbags to affected locals, as Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk warned residents to be careful. "We don't want to get to that stage (but) we can't control that".

The main transport artery linking the north of Australia with the rest of the east coast was also affected, prompting concerns about food shortages.

Mayor Jenny Hill said it was impossible to provide complete certainty about rainfall levels and urged residents to follow directions from emergency services.

The vigorous monsoon trough dumping the rain has begun moving south but it is unpredictable and unsafe conditions are expected to continue for at least the next 24 hours.

Bureau meteorologist Adam Blazak told AFP the downpours could continue until Thursday, while floodwaters would take some time to recede even when the rains lessen.

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