Concerns for two men feared missing in Townsville floods

TWO men are feared missing in Townsville as the north Queensland flooding crisis extends in to its eleventh day.

Police say Hughie Morton, 21, and Troy Mathieson, 23, were last seen on Ross River Road, near floodwaters, on Monday morning.

The pair had not been found early on Tuesday morning despite extensive inquiries with family and friends, and a large water and land search.


A fresh emergency alert has been issued for Bluewater, Bluewater Park, Toolakea and Saunders Beach, northeast of Townsville, at 12.30am Tuesday.

“The message advises properties in these areas are at risk of flash flooding due to intense rainfall in the Bluewater Creek catchment causing water levels to rise,” the Alert read.

“Residents are advised to move to higher ground if concerned.”

A severe weather warning for damaging winds and heavy rainfall remains in place in Herbert and Lower Burdekin, Central Coast and Whitsundays and parts of Gulf Country, Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, North West, Central Highlands and Coalfields and Central West Forecast Districts.

For the east coast and adjacent inland areas, the Bureau of Meteorology expects areas of heavy rainfall will continue overnight and into Tuesday with six-hourly rainfall totals between 150mm to 200mm likely.

“Concentrated areas of intense rainfall with totals up to 300mm are possible, particularly with bands of thunderstorms,” BOM’s warning reads.

“Damaging wind gusts up to 100km/h are possible, chiefly about the coast and ranges.”

The north-western interior will also see heavy rainfall, which may lead to localised flash flooding, is likely to continue across the northwestern interior.

“Six-hourly rainfall totals of 70mm to 120mm are possible.

“Damaging wind gusts up to 90km/h are possible to the south of the monsoon trough and tropical low.”

The gates of the Ross River Dam remain open this morning but releases have reduced as levels in the Dam have reduced. There are still concerns the renewed rises to the major flood level are possible if further heavy rainfall occurs.