Dramatic time-lapse shows ferocity and power of Queensland floods as they overtake rail lines, fields and trees
- Shocking footage has captured the extent of devastating floods in Queensland
- A time-lapse shows the astonishing transformation of train tracks and trees
- The area was engulfed by the monsoon, and the area eventually resembled a lake
Shocking footage has captured the extent of the devastating floods in North Queensland.
A time-lapse, caught by Queensland Rail, shows the astonishing transformation of train tracks at Corella Creek in the state’s north-west this past week.
Muddied water can be seen slowly creeping higher onto the tracks until the rail network is completely submerged.
Footage shows the area completely engulfed by the monsoon, and eventually all that can be seen is the tops of trees.
The region was thrown into chaos after more than a year’s worth of rain fell on the North Queensland region in little more than a week.
Townsville was overrun with heartbreaking scenes this week, with many homes, car parks and shopping centres almost totally submerged.
At least 2,000 residents have been affected by the flooding.
A time-lapse, caught by Queensland Rail, shows the astonishing transformation of train tracks at Corella Creek in the state’s north-west this past week
Muddied water can be seen slowly creeping higher onto the tracks until the rail network is completely submerged
The area was slowly engulfed by the storm. At least 2,000 residents have been affected by the flooding
The area was unrecognisable by the end on the time-lapse, with only the tops of trees visible
But even as some residents begin the lengthy clean-up, others are bracing for more rain.
Despite a brief respite from the rain on Tuesday, more downpours are forecast to hit the region in the coming days.
A further 160mm could fall on Townsville before the weekend, potentially exceeding two metres since the monsoon began 10 days ago.
Hundreds of people remain holed up in evacuation centres waiting for the floodwaters to recede, with about 10,000 homes still without power.
The ongoing severe weather warning follows the discovery of two men’s bodies in a Townsville drain after floodwaters receded.
Townsville resident David Mitchell had his entire home to clear on Tuesday following the devastating floods
Dave Mitchell helps clean his brother’s flood affected motel in Townsville on Tuesday
Andrew Hodgson cleans mud off his flood affected driveway in the suburb of Hermit Park in Townsville
Townsville residents woke on this week to scenes of total chaos, with thousands of homes, car parks and shopping centres almost totally submerged
Claims for damaged property and lost belongings have already exceeded $80million, with the bill set to soar as more residents return to their waterlogged homes.
The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) said they had received more than 6500 claims, with more than half of those lodged in the span of 24 hours.
ICA Communications Manager Campbell Fuller told AAP they expected the bill from this event to be in line with Cyclone Oswald, which caused $1.26 billion of damage in Queensland and northern NSW in 2013.
Forecasters warned there may be more to come with the monsoon trough will remain active for days — and with it the risk of more flash flooding
The Bureau of Meteorology predicted a 95 per cent chance of rain every day until at least Thursday, while there’s a 90 per cent chance of rain on Friday
‘There is an end in sight but we’re expecting further periods of heavy rainfall, some of it very heavy, about the north-east tropics for the next few days between about Cardwell and Mackay,’ meteorologist Richard Wardle says