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Historic flooding in Australia to continue, worsen across Queensland into the new week – “Unprecedented” rainfall drives Daintree River level to break 118-year record

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Desdemona Despair

By Faith Eherts and Adam Douty
2 February 2019

(AccuWeather) – Record-setting rainfall in recent days has led to widespread flooding, land slips, road closures and evacuations across Queensland. Flood dangers and travel disruptions will continue with little change expected in the coming week.

In northern Queensland this past week, Cairns recorded a daily rainfall of 277 mm (10.91 inches). This is the most rain the city has had in a single day in more than a decade. Cairns ended January with 499 percent of their normal rainfall for the month.

Wet weather continued for the start of February with 85 mm (3.35 inches) of rain falling on Friday, nearly a quarter of the monthly rainfall.

North of Cairns, the Daintree River reached an all-time record height last weekend with a peak of 12.6 meters (41.3 feet) on Saturday night, according to The Guardian.

The Commonwealth and Queensland governments are working to support recovery efforts throughout the region.

“As well as breaking records for a region no stranger to wet seasons, the floodwaters have cut roads and power, damaged infrastructure such as water and sewerage lines, and isolated vulnerable communities,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

She described the event as “unprecedented” and compared it to a rainfall event in January 1998, when the remnants of Cyclone Sid dropped over 570 mm (20 inches) of rain in Townsville in under 10 hours. Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes as three meters (nearly 10 feet) of water rushed through the town. [more]

Australia: Historic flooding to continue, worsen across Queensland into the new week

Daintree River flooding: hundreds cut off after deluge breaks peak record


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