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Queensland city facing further flood damage as waters continue to rise

Rockhampton is in danger of being cut off by road if the floodwaters peak at an expected 9.4 metres.

In this image provided by the Rockhampton Regional Council, water inundates the outskirts of Rockhampton, Australia, 4 January, 2011.
In this image provided by the Rockhampton Regional Council, water inundates the outskirts of Rockhampton, Australia, 4 January, 2011.
Image: AP Photo/Rockhampton Regional Council

HEAVY FLOODING CONTINUES to plague Queensland, Australia, as the city of Rockhampton prepares for waters to peak at 9.4 metres in the coming 12 hours or so.

The peak could cut off the last road out of the city and submerge around 400 more homes, the Herald Sun reports.

Food and other supplies are still being transported by plane and truck to Rockhampton, but more rain is expected tomorrow and Thursday which could further exacerbate the flooding.

Floodwaters are expected to cover 80% of St George, a town to the south-west of Rockhampton, when waters peak there this weekend or early next week, according to the Courier Mail.

Thousands of residents across Queensland have been evacuated from their homes after December’s heavy rains and Cyclone Tasha led to serious flooding. State Disaster Coordinator Deputy Commissioner Ian Stewart appealed to residents to exercise every caution during the flooding, saying: “Do not risk your life, property can be replaced, people cannot”.

He urged residents returning to their homes after evacuation to first check the safety of their houses, particularly the structural quality and electrical safety. Snakes are also a danger.

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