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People Evacuated as Australia Struggles With'Unprecedented Flood

People Evacuated as Australia Struggles With'Unprecedented Flood

"There has been a lot of rain falling over the Townsville catchment and some of these levels are unprecedented".

The news comes as flood waters in Townsville slowly begin to recede on the 11th day since the record monsoonal rains began to hammer the north Queensland city.

A major flood warning remained in place for the Ross River, and it was expected to peak at 11am, with residents in surrounding low-lying Townsville suburbs still at risk.

The coastal city of Townsville has been the most affected by the flooding.

Around 1,000 people have moved into emergency refuges, with some evacuation centres already at capacity.

It's unclear how many more homes may have been inundated.

"Last night was rough, but everyone pooled together", said Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill at a news conference on February 4.

More rain is now forecast, with about 100 millimeters (4 inches) of rain scheduled to hit Townsville Monday and another 50 millimeters (2 inches) to 75 millimeters (3 inches) on Tuesday, according to CNN meteorologist Karen Maginnis. It is still holding about 532,000 gigalitres of water or roughly as much as Sydney Harbour.

At 8.30pm the dam spillway gates were opened to their full setting and would release up to 2000 cubic metres of water per second out of the dam.

The Premier said the dam had been managed well, and the council did what it had to do.

"With that we expect to see more episodes of that real intense heavy rainfall that could lead to flash flooding".

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"It's really quiet here at the moment because everyone is just that exhausted because everyone's been cleaning for the last few days trying to pick up the pieces".

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.

CRABBING NQ STYLEYep riding the pushies in the street and noticed something in the water.

Townsville has bought greater than a metre of rain in only a week, which is bigger than 20 cases the common for the time of yr - beating the earlier story situation in 1998, in what turned known because the Night of Noah.

"This is unprecedented, we've never seen anything like this before", she added.

With days of more rain ahead, the crisis is far from over and the premier says forecasters are closely watching the monsoon trough amid fears it could form into a cyclone if it moves off the coast.

"In seven days, we've received our annual total rainfall", said Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill.

The Bulletin can reveal an announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison today will bring some relief to residents, with assistance payments of $1000 for adults and $400 for children will be made available to North Queensland residents impacted by the floods. The system is stationary, so rainfall will continue to be concentrated on areas which are already heavily flooded. "I know the disaster is not over yet, but I have no doubt Townsville will emerge stronger than ever".

Mr Morrison said he asked for the support to be activated "as quickly as possible".

'Atmospheric conditions are ripe for tornadoes and waterspouts around Townsville, ' the Bureau of Meteorology in Queensland said on Twitter. "This incredible event is far from over".

Meanwhile, parts of southern Australian are in the grip of a severe drought.

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