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3/05/2008

Deluge in North Queensland

Breaking Earth News
Australia
Floods and mudslides have again isolated cities and towns in far north Queensland, cutting roads and forcing people to be evacuated as RECORD RAINS continue to batter the region. Cairns was last night totally cut off – an island in a sea of floodwater. The wild weather has isolated the towns of Port Douglas, Daintree Village and Mossman. Cairns has recorded 181mm, its heaviest rainfall for any period in two years. Nearly half a metre of rain fell in Port Douglas. The 446mm deluge was the HIGHEST DAILY RAINFALL SINCE 1911 for the town. Many towns along the coast and ranges between Cardwell and Cooktown have recorded more than half their average monthly rainfall for March, despite being only six days into the month. "The floodwater is not so much of a problem, but because there are so many crocodiles lurking about, you don't risk crossing it." The weather bureau has issued flood warnings for the Daintree, Barron, Mulgrave and Russell rivers, the Tully and Murray rivers, the Upper Herbert River and for coastal streams between Cooktown and Cardwell.
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