‘Unprecedented’ Australia Floods: Hundreds Forced to Evacuate While Crocodiles and Snakes Walk the Streets as River Dam Opened

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After weeks of abnormal heat and bushfires across the continent, heavy rain and flooding in northern Australia have forced hundreds of residents to evacuate their homes in what weather officials describe as an “unprecedented” event.

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‘One-in-100-year event’

Overwhelming flooding in northeast Australia has forced thousands of people to leave their homes and brought snakes and crocodiles onto the streets as authorities warn of strong winds and more rain on the way.

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Much of the city of Townsville in Queensland state is flooded, with residents left without power and some compelled to seek safety on the roofs of their homes, according to CNN affiliate 7 News.

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Intense rain on Sunday forced authorities to open the floodgates on the Ross River Dam to relieve pressure and prevent a collapse, releasing around 1,900 cubic meters of water per second downriver. The dam was holding 224% of its capacity Monday afternoon, according to CNN affiliate 9 News, after peaking Sunday night at 247%.

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Moreover, there have been numerous sightings of crocodiles and snakes being swept along with the floodwaters.

Croc out the front of my dads place in mundingburra, O’Reilly street, Ross River Road end. Cannot stress it enough to stay out of the water

Gepostet von Erin Hahn am Sonntag, 3. Februar 2019

 

Mundingburra resident Erin Hahn told the broadcaster she spotted a freshwater crocodile in front of her father’s house Sunday night. “(It) was nearly a meter or two long (3.3 to 6.6 feet),” she said.

“Crocodiles prefer calmer waters and they may move around in search of a quiet place to wait for floodwaters to recede,” environment minister Leeanne Enoch said.

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“[They] may be seen crossing roads, and when flooding recedes, crocodiles can turn up in unusual places such as farm dams or waterholes where they have not been seen before.

“Similarly, snakes are very good swimmers and they too may turn up unexpectedly.”

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Source: CreditAndrew Rankin/EPA, via Shutterstock

 

Australia’s military deployed boats and helicopters to rescue people from their homes on Sunday and rescue efforts continue.

“It’s basically not just a one-in-20-year event, it’s a one-in-100-year event,” Queensland state premier Anastasia Palaszczuk said.


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‘Unprecedented’ Australia Floods: Hundreds Forced to Evacuate While Crocodiles and Snakes Walk the Streets as River Dam Opened
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‘Unprecedented’ Australia Floods: Hundreds Forced to Evacuate While Crocodiles and Snakes Walk the Streets as River Dam Opened
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After weeks of abnormal heat and bushfires across the continent, heavy rain and flooding in northern Australia have forced hundreds of residents to evacuate their homes in what weather officials describe as an “unprecedented” event.
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