Townsville residents begin to return home

The city of Townsville has been declared a disaster zone due to unbelievably high rainfall. The people of Townsville are beginning to return to their homes today after a year’s worth of rain fell in one week.

A dozen schools have reopened today but major warnings still remain in place for many residents.

The severe weather is a once in a 20-year event. The capacity of the Ross River dam has reduced to 196 per cent – down from 247 per cent, the point in which the flood gates open, at the floods’ peak.

As the water slowly begins to lower in certain parts of Townsville, members of the Australian Army are still on-call in the city, along with armoured vehicles to offer any assistance. There is a forecasted 95% chance of rain today and above 80% for the next 2 days.

The situation is far from over with the storm system slowly moving south, threating towns such as Ayr, Bowen, Proserpine and Mackay.

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