Two police and two ambulance officers caught in the flooding had to be plucked to safety - one officer having to climb a tree - after they were stranded in the flood disaster overnight while themselves trying to help others. About 1,900 cubic metres of water a second gushed into the Ross River and ultimately into low-lying Townsville suburbs, where residents had to be evacuated.
Overnight, emergency crews ferried dozens of people to higher ground and saved a man stranded on the roof of a vehicle in suburbs north of Townsville as floodwaters rose again.
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.
Emergency crews, including about 1,500 members of the Australian military, helped rescue people and their pets with inflatable boats. Ransome St, Idalia and our house is filling up with water. We have a grey ute out the front (for as long as it can be seen anyway).
Crocodiles have been spotted outside suburban homes.
The north-east Australian city of Townsville could face tornadoes, just as it is being hit by devastating floods, authorities said Sunday.
Helicopters have been supporting the army in the rescue effort today. "We'll be all right".
About 17,000 Townsville properties were without power overnight.
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As stormwaters receded in some areas, he warned of a hard recovery ahead.
"I've never seen anything like this", Townsville resident Chris Brookehouse told national broadcaster ABC.
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The post has since been shared more than 23,000 times. About 1000 people have taken refuge in those centres.
The dam has now fallen back to 203 per cent but Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill warns the city is not yet out of the woods despite the weather system moving slowly southwards. "We're going down with the ship", Mr Button said in the video, which he posted online.
"You can't say you weren't warned that something would happen".
Some, like Hermit Park resident Andrew Roberts, are asking why the water in the dam was allowed to reach such a high level. Fundamentally the public have a responsibility to heed those warnings.
Earlier, authorities said they were forced into opening the floodgates to the nearby Ross River Dam, which was at nearly 250% capacity.
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On Monday, the Queensland Bureau of Meteorology warned that risk of flooding throughout the region would continue through this week and into the next.
This is first time since the dam was upgraded in 2007 that the water level has exceeded 43m-the point at which the gates are fully opened.
Emergency services slosh through flooded streets to get to residents in Townsville.
"Dangerous and high-velocity flows will occur in the Ross River on Sunday night into Monday".
January was the hottest month on record for all of Australia, and southern parts of the country remain in a state of severe drought. "Damaging to destructive winds are possible in these intense storm cells".
A police auto is seen partially submerged in a drain after being swamped by flood waters on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 in Townsville, Australia. On Sunday, the figure was between 400 and 500. "The standard definition includes water escaping from a dam, including an intentional release".
Up to 20,000 homes were at risk of being inundated if the rains continued, officials said. "There is a chance it could be over the dam again", he said.
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