Townsville floods ease but north Qld weather crisis far from over

Many residents around Townsville have started to return to their homes to inspect the full extent of the damage caused by the flood crisis.

Emergency supplies were flown in to the region overnight, while more than 100 fresh police officers and nurses will begin flying in to relieve their local colleagues today.

Twelve schools in the area will also re-open today.


However, residents in the north are being warned the rain isn’t over yet as the monsoonal system heads south.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts some areas will see six-hourly totals up to 200mm.

A severe weather warning has also been issued for the west coast of Cape York Peninsula where damaging winds and abnormally high tides are possible.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service has also issued an Emergency Alert to residents in Hughenden.

The message advises that the Flinders River in Hughenden is expected to flood the Ernest Henry Bridge.

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