“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Townsville resident Chris Brookehouse told national broadcaster ABC, adding that his house was flooded with water more than one metre deep.
“The volume of water is just incredible. Downstairs is gone, the fridge and freezer are floating. Another five or six steps and upstairs is gone too.”
We would like to say a MASSIVE thanks to the amazing community members, agencies & TCC staff for their help during this severe weather event.
— Townsville Council (@TCC_News) February 4, 2019
“We have not been in this situation before,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is quoted as saying by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
“There has been a lot of rain falling over the Townsville catchment and some of these levels are unprecedented.”
Rest of the country
Meanwhile, parts of southern Australian are experiencing a severe drought.
Bushfires are burning in the southern island state of Tasmania. As a whole January was the hottest month on record for the country.
On 4 February the UK Government stated in its latest travel advice that an emergency alert message had been issued to the residents of Townsville due to the risk of flashflooding, following flood warnings issued over the weekend. Anyone in the affected area should follow the advice of the Queensland Fire & Emergency Services. ” In a life threatening emergency always dial 000, or for flood and storm emergencies dial 132 500. You can also seek assistance from the State Emergency Service,” the advice states.