Students stranded by floodwaters set to be evacuated

Attempts will be made this morning to airlift a group of young school students stranded by floodwaters in Queensland’s north.

More than 70 students and staff from The Willows State School in Townsville have been stuck since last Monday after their camp near Tully was cut off by floodwaters.

Authorities have advised that there is a window of opportunity to airlift the group out today before more rain hits the region.


A doctor and two nurses were flown into the camp yesterday to check on everybody’s welfare, with three students airlifted out as a precaution.

Education Minister Grace Grace says safety must come first.

“We are monitoring it on a regular basis, the department is meeting with parents we have the disaster management team looking at this as well and as soon as it’s safe to get them home safe and sound we will certainly do that,” Ms Grace said

Meantime Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will tour some of the flood-affected regions today to assess the damage.

The State Government has already declared the area between Cairns and Townsville a disaster after four days of torrential rain and flooding.

Floodwaters in Ingham have begun to recede after cutting the town in two and inundating 200 homes.

Some residents in Innisfail have also been forced to evacuate because of the threat of flooding.