Queensland, Australia: Deadly, historic flooding is being replaced by much-needed dry spell
Drier weather moved into Queensland, Australia, after days of record-setting rainfall, widespread flooding, road closures and evacuations.
The flooding turned deadly last Monday when two bodies were found in an Aitkenvale storm water drain, according to News9.
On Sunday, the search for a missing man was suspended for the third day after he fell from a boat on flood waters.
Up to 300,000 head of cattle have perished in western Queensland with losses estimated at $300 million.
Schools are slowly reopening and power has been reconnected to about 15,000 homes.
Relief from the devastating flooding will continue across the region through the week as drier air returns.
"There can be isolated showers and thunderstorms along and near the coast of eastern Queensland through the coming week," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Houk said, "but they are not expected to bring any major threats."
Recovery and cleanup operations will continue as the extended dry spell takes hold and floodwaters begin to recede in low-lying areas and along streams and smaller rivers.
3 long-term health dangers that flooding can pose to affected communities
Expert tips for preventing mold growth or remediating mold in your home after a flood
How to stay safe if you encounter wildlife after a flood
Watch this giant wall of dust sweep across rural town
Larger rivers, however, will be slow to recede and can remain out of their banks even on sunny days as runoff from the heavy rain drains downstream.
Residents and cleanup crews will have to deal with heat building through the week. Drinking plenty of water, wearing light clothing and taking frequent breaks can help to prevent heat-related illnesses.
Through the middle of the week, high temperatures can range from around 35 C (95 F) in Townsville to 38 C (100 F) in Carpentaria. Uncomfortable humidity will create even higher AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures.
Humidity levels are anticipated to fall away from the coast by the middle of the week, but more communities can record highs between 38 and 41 C (100 and 105 F).
Temperatures may soar above 41 C (105 F) in some locations west of Carpentaria.
With the building heat and high humidity, mold will rapidly become a significant problem in areas after floodwaters recede.
"Let's go for a drive, they said."— Queensland Police (@QldPolice) February 4, 2019
Stay safe Townsville, there are many people supporting you. Very proud of our officers & all first responders and support agencies.
"It takes a village" and the people of Townsville and the FN are an awesome 'village' #bigwet #townsvillefloods pic.twitter.com/nkdz6OuuTa
Before the floodwaters recede, residents will have to remain alert for possible sightings of crocodiles and snakes. The widespread flooding has also raised fears of sewage backups seeping into the floodwaters.
Standing water can also serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Disruptions to residents and motorists can last well after floodwaters recede. Roads and bridges may be left damaged or littered by debris.
In addition to the deaths, the flood disaster forced thousands of people to evacuate and impacted 20,000 homes in Townsville, according to news.com.au.
The Commonwealth and Queensland governments are working to support recovery efforts throughout the region.
“As well as breaking records for a region no stranger to wet seasons, the floodwaters have cut roads and power, damaged infrastructures such as water and sewerage lines and isolated vulnerable communities," Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
She described the event as "unprecedented" and compared it to a rainfall event in January 1998, when the remnants of Cyclone Sid dropped over 570 mm (20 inches) of rain in Townsville in under 10 hours. Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes as 3 meters (nearly 10 feet) of water rushed through the town.
We've seen heavy rainfall leading to significant flooding for many people across north #Qld. The weekly rainfall totals show places, including #Julia Creek, in the northwest with half a metre of rain. Richmond, new daily rainfall record of 123mm. Info at https://t.co/Ftuj6UvuHK pic.twitter.com/7aQQKazGt0— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) February 6, 2019
During a nine-day stretch from Jan. 27 to Feb. 7, Townsville reported more than a year’s worth of rainfall.
During this time, 1413.4 mm (55.64 inches) of rain was reported in the city, causing historic flooding which has been called a once-in-a-century event.
Major flooding continues along many rivers across Queensland from near Townsville to Carpentaria and down to Diamantina Lakes.
On Thursday evening local time, the Flinders River at Richmond reached a record crest of 9.81 meters (32.19 feet). The previous record was 8.76 meters (28.74 feet) from 1974.
Comments that don't add to the conversation may be automatically or manually removed by Facebook or AccuWeather. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.
More Weather News
Weather News - February 19, 2019, 2:29:57 PM EST
As the punches from Old Man Winter keep coming, two storms will unload heavy snow from the southern High Plains to the Upper Midwest through Sunday.
Weather News - February 19, 2019, 11:35:23 AM EST
While the western Pacific Ocean has been quiet since Tropical Storm Pabuk struck southern Thailand in early January, a new tropical threat has taken shape.
Weather News - February 19, 2019, 11:18:46 AM EST
Following a recording-breaking flu season of 2017-18, this flu season is currently not showing the same type of intensity at its secondary peak.
Over a dozen left dangling over water after winds cause gondola ride to malfunction at SeaWorld San Diego
Weather News - February 19, 2019, 11:23:32 AM EST
Firefighters performed a daring rescue Monday night after winds caused a gondola ride to malfunction at SeaWorld San Diego.
Winter weather may bring road and driving conditions that can delay or cancel school operations, but who makes the decisions and how do they make the final call?
Weather News - February 19, 2019, 11:25:01 AM EST
After battering parts of Vanuatu with heavy rain and gusty winds last week, Tropical Cyclone Oma will unleash dangerous weather on New Caledonia into Wednesday.
Weather News - February 19, 2019, 8:24:34 AM EST
The recent period of stormy weather from India to Afghanistan will continue this week as a potent storm brings widespread impacts to the region.
Weather News - February 19, 2019, 12:52:45 PM EST
Yosemite is one of the most beautiful and well-known national parks in the United States, and visitors in mid-February may be treated to a spectacle not seen during any other time of the year.