TestAustralia weather: Monsoon rains cause floods in Queensland

TestAustralia weather: Monsoon rains cause floods in Queensland

TestAustralia weather: Monsoon rains cause floods in Queensland

Troy Mathieson, 25, and Hughie Morton, 20, missing in Townsville's floodwaters, last seen at Dan Murphy's Aitkenvale between 8pm and 9pm on Sunday February 3.

He creeps down stairs and scans the murky water for crocs before he leaps on a table to refuel the generator powering his home.

"We are out there looking for these men because we are concerned about their safety".

Police had been called to the shopping centre on Ross River Rd half an hour before to reports of an attempted break in at Dan Murphy's.

Meanwhile, tornadoes and waterspouts were spotted off Townsville yesterday in the intensifying monsoon dumping a phenomenal 100mm an hour - on top of a record one-metre total rainfall - over the disaster zone in North Queensland.

"The flooding event is going to cause a lot of distress to a lot of people".

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

Planning for the city's recovery is well underway, despite concerns about more flash 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.

Unprecedented water releases from the city's swollen dam have sent torrents of water down the Ross River and into the city, swamping roads, yards and homes.

Disaster assistance has been extended for communities in Townsville, Charters Towers, Palm Island, Richmond and Burdekin, the Queensland government announced on Saturday night.

Mr Morrison said he had been getting "frequent briefings" and hoped to visit as soon as practicable.

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"It's a big task ahead of us".

While authorities have this morning been unable to confirm the number of rescues performed overnight, it's understood there were at least two swiftwater rescues, including the one involving police officers.

"Fundamentally what do you have to do to make people leave?", she said.

"Crocodiles 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", Queensland Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said in a statement.

Two officers spent half an hour clinging to trees after their patrol auto was washed away in a "scary" incident while carrying out evacuations.

Residents have been told not to try to return to their sodden homes until authorities tell them it's safe to do so.

Cr Hill said some people thought they could get through the flooding and stay at homes despite the advice. "I'm asking for people to have patience", she said.

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