TestAustralia weather: Monsoon rains cause floods in Queensland

TestAustralia weather: Monsoon rains cause floods in Queensland

An aerial shot of the flooding in Townsville on 4 February.

"The Queensland Government and emergency services have informed the Insurance Council that dozens of homes and businesses may have been affected by the downpour and resulting inundation of the past few days", said Rob Whelan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the ICA.

"It was frankly quite overwhelming, people are in shock", Morrison said after visiting Townsville.

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

More than 1,100 people called the emergency services for urgent help, said state Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Authorities have warned the city's residents not to swim in flood waters, in which crocodiles and snakes have been spotted among the Townsville suburbs.

Two men are feared missing near floodwaters as the deluge that's caused catastrophic flooding in Townsville shows signs of easing.

More than 500 people have been relocated from Townsville and surrounding areas.

Police, SES, and Australian Defence Force members have been given the powers to call wider evacuations if needed, but so far, they have not needed to use them, instead allowing residents to choose whether to stay or go, although those in low-lying areas have been urged to move to higher ground.

"It is just unbelievable, we've never seen anything like it", Mr Parker said.

Meanwhile, residents in the small community of Balgal Beach, about 50 kilometres north east of Townsville, spent the morning cleaning up after 200mm of rain overnight.

Dave Acree  EPA via Shutterstock
Dave Acree EPA via Shutterstock

The bodies of two men have been found in flood waters at Townsville in north Queensland.

Residents had to be rescued from their rooftops last night as the dam's waters swept through.

"We've got limited resources, we've got to work with the community, " Police Assistant Commissioner Gee said.

"Some people thought for example they'd be able to sit on their two storey home and sit in their second storey and survive and that hasn't been the case", she said yesterday.

The prime minister encouraged any Queenslander affected by floods over the past week to contact Centrelink for immediate food assistance.

But that was before dam releases doubled to their maximum level in anticipation of more rain, sending nearly 2000 cubic metres of water per second charging out of the Ross River Dam.

The regions annual rainfall expectancy is said to have fallen in just seven days.

Landslides were reported with more possible in the worst-hit areas, the Bureau of Meteorology said Monday, warning of further "intense rainfall" and "significant flash flooding" along the eastern shore.

NRL player Kalifa Faifai Loa helps Danielle Josey and Lyndon Josey remove valuable belongings from their home in Idalia, Townsville.

All schools, childcare centres and courts are closed, and Townsville Hospital will only be providing acute care today. With some trepidation going back into their homes and finding what they're going to find.

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