Flooded rivers were still rising Saturday
in two Australian states with two women dead
and four people missing after torrential
rains in the wake of a powerful tropical
Queensland police warned that the Logan
River, which runs through Beenleigh south of
Brisbane, would only hit peak flood levels
during the afternoon while further north the
city of Rockhampton was also facing a
Commissioner Ian Stewart warned there was
"still a major risk to the community around
Logan and further south caused by that
Rockhampton, with a population of over
80,000 on the Fitzroy River, was expected to
suffer flood levels not seen for a century
and Stewart urged residents in low-lying
areas to leave.
"By Wednesday, we will be at peak
flooding in Rockhampton," he said.
"It will be a gradual rise, so I
encourage people to move now."
Queensland police tweeted "we currently
have four people missing... that we have
serious concerns about," including a
Tens of thousands of people have been
evacuated from a string of towns in
Queensland and New South Wales as the floods
move south towards Ballina, cutting roads.
- Grim scene -
Others have tried to stick it out to save
The scene was grim along the Logan river.
Casey Bently, a 47-year-old mechanic from
North Maclean appeared visibly upset as she
looked at her house, submerged to the roof.
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HAMILTONCassey Bentley reacts after seeing
her flooded home in Australia's North
"We got as much out as we could in the
short time that we had," she told AFP.
"People have lost everything. I'd only
just finished renovating the house, and it
is all gone again now."
Nearby a calf was stuck in a tree as a
man in a kayak paddled out to see if it was
alive. Dozens gathered to watch but by the
time two people on jet skis arrived to help
the calf only to discover it was dead.
- 'Very dangerous time' -
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called on
residents in affected areas to exercise
"In many parts of the country you will
see floodwaters continuing to rise over the
next days," he told reporters.
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HAMILTONA resident looks at a road,
submerged under floodwaters caused by
Cyclone Debbie, in Australia's North
"This is a very dangerous time in these
"I want to say to everybody who is
affected by these floods – do not go into
flooded waters. Do not cross flooded roads."
Category four Cyclone Debbie hit
northeastern Australia on Tuesday between
Bowen and Airlie Beach ripping up trees and
causing widespread damage that is still
It was downgraded to a tropical low as it
tracked southeast still packing high winds
and dumping huge amounts of rain all down
the east coast to Sydney and beyond before
blowing out over the Tasman Sea.
Police on Friday found the body of a
woman who disappeared in floodwaters near
Murwillumbah just south of the Queensland
And a 64-year-old woman, whose vehicle
was swept off a causeway on a property in
Gungal, in the Hunter Valley south of Sydney
was also found dead Friday.
Lismore, south of Murwillumbah was among
the worst flooded towns on Friday with Tweed
Heads, Kingscliff and Murwillumbah also
subject to evacuation orders.
In areas further north where the cyclone
made landfall, water and power were still
Bowen, Mackay and the Whitsunday islands
bore the brunt of the cyclone and nearly
40,000 homes were waiting to be re-connected
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HAMILTONShaun Adams uses a kayak to paddle
out of his home, partially submerged under
floodwaters caused by Cyclone Debbie, in
Australia's North MacLean, Brisbane
The military has mobilised 1,300 soldiers
for the clean-up with helicopters and planes
deploying to restore infrastructure and
supply emergency food, water and fuel.
The Insurance Council of Australia
declared the Queensland and northern NSW
regions disaster zones, adding that the
damage bill could top Aus$1 billion (US $770