Boats, helicopters deployed for rescues in Australia floods

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Townsville police had been appealing for public assistance to help locate two men who had last been seen on Monday on Ross River Road, Aitkenvale.

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

Hughie Morton and Troy Mathieson have been missing since Monday.

Yahoo7 News understands the pair were attempting to evade police after they allegedly tried to loot a Dan Murphy's liquor store. Concentrated areas of intense rainfall with totals up to 300mm possible, particularly with bands of thunderstorms.

The trough that's been dumping flooding rain across Queensland is expected to dump more rain on the region for at least a few more days.

The people of Townsville have been hit by severe flooding, with water going up to their waists.


"We're hoping to see an easing trend from tomorrow", bureau spokeswoman Jess Gardner said, adding that the rains could move further south, towards Mackay, a major coal exporting area.

It fears there could be up to two more metres of rain before the deluge relents, potentially leading to "catastrophic" flooding.

The town of Ingham, north of Townsville, received 506mm of rain in 24 hours overnight Saturday, of which 145mm fell in just one hour, Mr Blazak said.

Townsville floods. Aerial damage of Railway Estate from a helicopter.

Families had to be rescued from rooftops yesterday as more than 20 suburbs were engulfed by water when the floodgates at Ross River Dam, at 250 per cent capacity, were opened sending a wall of water into the heart of the city.

"They were involved in another police investigation", State Disaster Co-ordinator and police Deputy Commissioner Bob Gee said. We don't want to get to that stage [but] we can't control that, ' Munro said.


Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk praised the efforts of disaster crews battling to respond to the "extraordinary" extreme weather event.

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

There are 80,000 homes in Townsville.

They also had a warning for those venturing out into floodwaters on their own: "Crocodiles may be seen crossing roads, and when flooding recedes, crocodiles can turn up in unusual places such as farm dams or waterholes", says Queensland's Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch.

Two police officers who were evacuating people in the suburb of Hermit Park had to be rescued themselves when fast rising waters left them clinging to trees and washed away their patrol vehicle. As per reports, the water is full of snakes in the affected regions. "Stay informed, look for updates and follow advice of emergency services", the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said. "I'm asking for people to have patience", she said.


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