Australia Floods

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Lauren Hancock, Staff Writer

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Northeast Australia is currently experiencing extreme flooding, forcing thousands out of their homes with evacuation orders, as water levels rise. Most of the city of Townsville in Queensland state is flooded, leaving residents with no power and seeking refuge.

Very heavy rains came down on Sunday, and this caused authorities to open the gates of the Ross River dam to relieve some of the pressure that would otherwise cause it to cave it. Because of this, 1,900 cubic meters of water was released per second downriver. All this water in the area is following a record-breaking heat wave that affected pretty much every area of the country. More rain is expected to hit the most affected areas on Monday and Tuesday, which will increase the damage of the already hazardous flooding. Local news reporters said that the entire suburbs of Townsville were completely submerged, and residents say they’ve never seen anything like it. It has been called a “one in one-hundred-year event.”

Along with the crazy flooding, residents should expect lots of strong wind and rainfall. In the next couple of days, it is expected that between 10,000 and 20,000 properties could be at risk from the weather. Sightings of crocodiles and snakes have also been reported all over. One resident even spotted a freshwater crocodile right in front of her father’s house on a Sunday night. More potentially dangerous wildlife could flood into the town in the next coming days, and due to all the circumstances, residents are urged to stay completely off the roads and remain inside If possible.

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