Queensland flood victim angry about water release, scared of crocodiles in Townsville

Queensland flood victim angry about water release, scared of crocodiles in Townsville

Queensland flood victim angry about water release, scared of crocodiles in Townsville

"You just can't believe how much water has come down from the Ross River", he said.

Two police officers rescued two people on Charters Towers Road before they themselves were swept away - one clinging to a power pole - before they could be rescued leaving a police auto destroyed.

"What do you have to say to them, how many times do you have to give them warnings".

ANDREW Roberts is more anxious about being eaten by a crocodile in his Townsville home than chest-high water surging through the ground floor.

"We're knee deep in water rising steadily", another Townsville resident wrote.

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. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has warned Townsville residents that flooding has not yet reached its peak as torrential rain continues.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill praised the plucky spirit of locals and urged the 185,000-strong community to "hang tough".

About 1000 people were now in evacuation centres, with one of five centres now full. Some people were door-knocked twice. The BoM warned that unsafe "high velocity flows" were likely along the Ross River in the wake of the release.

Locals are being advised to move to higher ground as the flood continues.

About 10,000 people have already lost power since Friday - and more power outages due to public safety concerns are likely.

Speaking to reporters Monday, Queensland state Prime Minister Anastasia Palaszczuk warned that more rain in Townsville and the surrounding area over the next two days could cause flash flooding.

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

The continued inundation forced authorities to open the floodgates on the swollen Ross River dam on Sunday night.

A severe weather warning covers communities from Mackay, on the coast, north to Ingham, and right out west, nearly as far as the Northern Territory border.

In a Facebook post published last night, a member of the Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council said family was "worried sick" over the missing men.

An aerial view shows houses inundated with flood waters in Townsville, Queensland, Australia, Feb. 4, 2019.

Paul Shafer and his family lost two cars, a truck and a caravan when water was released from the dam, a risky move created to spare the town from more widespread flooding.

"That water needs to go somewhere".

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

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