Crocodiles spotted swimming in Townsville streets as once-in-a-century floods continue
If terrifying flash flooding isn’t enough motivation for Townsville residents to get as far from water as possible, then giant crocodiles floating in the streets might be.
Residents have reported a number of crocodiles chillin’ around the city’s
streets rivers as the heavens continue to drench North Queensland.
Emergency services reportedly sighted a three-metre-long crocodile having a paddle along Bowen Rd on Sunday night.
A freshwater crocodile was also photographed trying to avoid floodwaters by climbing a tree.
As you do.
Up to 500 homes are already underwater, with trapped residents taking refuge on their roofs and thousands fleeing their homes to shelter in packed evacuation centres.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service have fielded up to 850 calls for assistance in the last 24hours.
Heavy downpours on Sunday forced the city’s dam levels to almost 250% capacity, with authorities opening the floodgates to double the amount of water draining from the catchment.
Almost 2,000 cubic metres of water was surging from the dam every second after 9pm last night, catching two police officers off guard.
The officers were left clinging to trees for safety as the rapidly rising floodwaters swept away their police vehicle before being rescued 30 minutes later.
Talk about a tough day at work.