With flood waters rising at an ever alarming rate, this shivering dog must have thought it had had its day.
But at the 11th hour the frightened dalmatian, whose name is Axl, was moved to safety by three rescuers during a brief respite from the biblical downpours.
He is just one of the many animals who have been battling for survival as a year’s worth of rain fell in just a matter of days in Townsville.
As the rain refused to dissipate pet dogs were not the only ones struggling to keep their heads above water.
Two Royal Australian soldiers relocated a soaking kangaroo to higher ground on Tuesday after it nearly died in choppy waters.
Pet dogs, such as this dalmation, were captured trying to keep their heads above water
Kangaroos soaked in flood waters were rescued, as the North Queensland town was submerged in a one-in-a-century rainstorm
Soldiers from the Royal Australian Army rescued and relocated this soggy kangaroo to higher ground
The flood plains were made even more treacherous by the threat of crocodiles which were washed into residential areas.
One was seen ominously sitting on a fallen tree trunk.
Native birds such as kookaburras were spotted drenched as they clung onto fallen trees.
Other Australian wildlife such as possums snuck into homes or roofs to seek shelter.
One desperate resident pleaded for the help of strangers on social media to help rescue their dog and six-year-old child.
‘Please, we have been stuck at 9 Lakewood Drive waiting for SES for hours… we have a six-year-old and a large dog, neither can swim,’ they wrote.
‘Does anyone have a boat they can get to us on?’
Concerned owners rushed to veterinary emergency centres with animals who had fallen ill as a result of the floods.
One owner posted about their golden retriever Sammy whose stomach became swollen after swimming in flood water.
One pet-owner’s dog named Sammy (pictured) was pictured helpless as they waited in line for the vet for over an hour
Other Australian wildlife such as possums had snuck into homes and roofs of residential homes to seek shelter
Supermarket shelves were stripped of basic food and local suppliers struggled to refill stock after a main trucking route along Bruce Highway, between Ayr and Townsville, closed due to major flooding.
Woolworths have secured charter planes to carry tonnes of fresh food and essential items into the far north of Queensland so customers can return to the stores with shelves stocked up.
Coles supermarkets have also chartered a plane to deliver fresh produce and grocery from Cairns.
The city turned into a disaster zone as streets and roads turned into rivers and canals, forcing residents to abandon their homes and businesses on boats and kayaks.
The city turned into a disaster zone as streets and roads turned into rivers and canals, forcing residents to abandon their homes
Supermarket shelves were stripped of basic food and local suppliers struggled to refill stock due to closed roads
Over 1,000 people found refuge in evacuation centres, with at least one of five centres full
Prime Minister Scott Morrison touched down in Townsville on Tuesday to meet with flood-stricken locals.
He was escorted with members from the Australian Defence Force to some of the city’s most affected streets Idalia and Oonoonba.
Many residents returned home for the first time this morning following the record-breaking floods.
Mr Morrison visited the Ignatius Park College evacuation centre where he thanked the community and emergency services for their efforts.
‘As the waters recede here and we start to move from the response to recovery phase, there will be big shocks for the community as they return to their homes as they assess the damage to their homes,’ he said.
‘To hear the stories of when people were evacuated in the middle of the night, floodwaters were dark, the kids, the fact … people are safe today is an extraordinary achievement.’
Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) touched down in Townsville on Tuesday to meet with devastated locals
He was escorted with members from the Australian Defence Force to some of the city’s most affected streets Idalia and Oonoonba
Many residents returned home for the first time this morning following the record-breaking floods
Over 1,000 people found refuge in evacuation centres, with at least one of five centres full and some refusing to leave their homes.
Between 400 and 500 homes have been inundated by floodwaters in Townsville, although there are fears 2000 more may have been damaged by water.
Throughout Sunday night, 850 residents made desperate calls to emergency services as soldiers rescued people from the roofs of cars and buildings.
The monsoon trough that has caused the downpours in north Queensland’s east coast is expected to continue until the weekend.
Between 400 and 500 homes have been inundated by floodwaters in Townsville
Throughout Sunday night, 850 residents made desperate calls to emergency services as soldiers rescued people from the roofs of cars and buildings