Crocodile warning issued as Australian city faces 'unprecedented' levels of flooding

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"The crocodile swam off back down the street". The reptile was spotted somewhere around Palmetum and the Good Shepherd Home.

Suburbs in direct danger included Rosslea, Hermit Park, Railway Estate, Townsville City, Oonoonba, Idalia, Cluden, West End, Rowes Bay, Garbutt, Aitkenvale, Cranbrook, Currajong, Mysterton, Pimlico, Mundingburra, Douglas, Annandale, Kirwan and Thuringowa Central and South Townsville areas.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is touring Townsville today meeting with residents whose homes have been flooded.

The town was forced to open the floodgates to the overflowing Ross River Dam on Sunday, leaving a wall water flowing into the community and the river itself.

Julia Creek, Richmond and Winton could face up to 120mm of rain, which could cause localised flash flooding.

"This is unprecedented, we've never seen anything like this before", she added.

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The BoM warned that unsafe "high velocity flows" were likely along the Ross River in the wake of the release.

Emergency services have struggled to respond to the scale of the disaster, with more than 1,100 people calling for help and 18 "swift water rescues" conducted overnight.

An aerial view shows the flood-affected area in Townsville, Queensland, Australia February 3, 2019, in this still image from video obtained from social media.

Residents have been told not to try to return to their sodden homes until authorities tell them it's safe to do so.

Forecasters are now anxious that a tornado could form in the region in the coming days as monsoonal conditions and strong winds continue.

More than the annual rainfall has fallen on parts of the state in the past week, creating a disaster area stretching 700km along the coast from Cairns to Mackay.

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Australia's military has been deployed to tackle devastating "once-in-a-century" floods that have inundated homes, schools and airports in the country's north-east, forcing hundreds of people to flee and bringing crocodiles on to the streets. On Sunday the figure was between 400 and 500.

Townsville residents fill sandbags in preparation for more flooding.

Two police officers were among those who had to be rescued overnight, as authorities received hundreds of calls for help after a wall of water rushed through the already flood-stricken Townsville when the Ross River Dam gates automatically tripped open after days of torrential rain.

Up to 20,000 homes could be flooded if the downpours continue, officials warn. "There is a chance it could be over the dam again", he said.

A relative of the men said she had heard from family police had found the pair but they were yet to be formally identified.

"We know from research conducted this month that many people still think it is ok to drive or play in floodwater", Mel Taylor from the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC said in a statement to Scimex. "Do not go swimming in those floodwaters, and when the clean-up begins, you need to make sure that you are wearing closed-in boots".

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