North Queensland Declared A Disaster
Some north Queensland residents have been cut off from townships following four days of torrential rain and flooding, with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk due to visit to assess the damage.
Floodwaters are today receding on the north side of badly hit Ingham, while residents east of the township remain stranded, 9NEWS reporter Nat Wallace tweeted.
The region between Cairns and Townsville has been declared a “disaster” by the state government and a “catastrophe” by the Insurance Council of Australia.
More than 700mm of rain fell in multiple catchment areas in four days, withThe Boulders, south of Cairns, receiving 1009mm in the seven days to 9am yesterday.
The region between Townsville and Cairns has been declared a “disaster” area. (9NEWS)
More than 200 homes were inundated at Ingham, where flood waters started to recede yesterday.
Some residents at Innisfail also had to evacuate their properties.
A stranded group of primary students on school camp at the Echo Creek adventure park near Tully will be airlifted today if weather permits, the Department of Education said.
Three children with gastro were airlifted to Cairns yesterday, however authorities decided it was safer to leave the remaining students where they were.
“Current weather advice indicates that if the airlift does not occur (on Sunday), there may not be another opportunity to evacuate the group until later next week,” the department said in a statement.
About 200 homes were inundated at Ingham, and some Innisfail residents also evacuated. (9NEWS)
Ms Palaszczuk said the full extent of the damage caused by the rain would not be known for weeks, but that flooding would have a detrimental impact on banana and sugar cane crops, and the aquaculture industry.
“We will get the full assessments over the next few weeks about the impact on the economy and I think everyone should spare a thought for the farmers who are going to feel a huge impact,” she told reporters yesterday.