Floods bring crocodile warning for Australia's north

Dec 27, 2010
Photo illustration of an estuarine crocodile better known as the saltwater or saltie, lying in the sun on the banks of the Adelaide river near Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory. Flooding in Australia's tropical north has prompted a warning about crocodiles, with several of the reptiles spotted in swollen waterways, an official said Monday.

Flooding in Australia's tropical north has prompted a warning about crocodiles, with several of the reptiles spotted in swollen waterways, an official said Monday.

The threat near Ingham in the eastern state of Queensland is easing but acting mayor of Hinchinbrook Shire Council Andrew Lancini said several residents had sighted the saltwater predators.

"There's usually reports of (during floods)," he told AFP.

"You would be surprised if we didn't (have them)."

Torrential rains have inundated much of Queensland state after Tropical Cyclone Tasha crossed the coast early Saturday, and south of Ingham many towns are cut off by flood waters.

The town of Chinchilla in the state's south was suffering what could be its worst deluge in decades after more than 100 millimetres (4 inches) of rain fell overnight, forcing the evacuation of several homes.

Justin Byrnes, who owns the town's Club Hotel, said rising floodwaters had inundated several businesses and were on track to be the worst in memory.

"What we're hearing is that this will far exceed '83, which is probably the worst one in memory that's documented," he told ABC radio.

The Queensland state government has announced disaster relief for some areas and urged residents not to attempt to drive through flood waters after 20 people were rescued from creeks and rivers in the past two days.

Forecasters said rain was set to continue in southern Queensland for several days while there was a possibility that a low-pressure system in the north of the state could form another cyclone.

Floods have also hit parts of New South Wales state to the south of Queensland while the nation's west has endured soaring temperatures, prompting authorities in Perth and other areas to be on alert for bushfires.

Explore further: Research could help save billions of dollars as sea levels rise

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Olga now raining on third of 5 Australia territories

Feb 01, 2010

Australians in three of five territories have had enough of Tropical Cyclone Olga. After two landfalls, and three times a tropical storm, and traveling through Queensland and the Northern Territory, Olga's ...

Mini-cyclone, record floods hit Australia

Mar 07, 2010

Melbourne was bracing itself Sunday for further storms after a mini-cyclone ripped through Australia's second largest city, bringing with it hail stones the size of tennis balls.

Australian floods help ease the 'Big Dry'

Apr 04, 2010

For Australian farmers who have struggled to make a living in southern Queensland as their crops died and their dams ran empty during years of drought, recent floods have helped ease the "Big Dry".

Recommended for you

Rating the planet's oceans

3 hours ago

The most comprehensive assessment conducted by the Ocean Health Index rates the Earth's oceans at 67 out of 100 in overall health. In addition, for the first time, the report assessed the Antarctic and the ...

Feds to unveil cleanup plan for nuke waste dump

5 hours ago

After nearly eight months, the U.S. Department of Energy has formalized a plan for cleaning up the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.

Climate change affecting species

7 hours ago

The Global Change and Sustainability Research Institute (GCSRI) and the Wits Rural Facility (WRF) hosted a top climate change scientist, Professor Camille Parmesan, who delivered a talk to staff, students ...

User comments : 2

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

JimB135
5 / 5 (1) Dec 27, 2010
Bad enough if mother nature delivers a flood to your doorstep. Several crocs along for the ride too. I wouldn't want be stuck having to wade through those floodwaters.
NotAsleep
not rated yet Jan 03, 2011
Australians are my role models...