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But Bureau of Meteorology has estimated that a further 450mm of rain will have fallen over the Ross River Dam catchment in the 24 hours to 9am on Monday.

But she also expressed simmering frustration amid complaints from some residents that they were caught out by record water releases from the city's Ross River Dam.

EMERGENCY services have received hundreds of calls for help as the flood crisis continues to worsen in Townsville.

Up to 20,000 homes are at risk of being inundated if the rains continue. "I have never seen the likes of this before", Queensland state Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in an interview to Australian Broadcasting Corp TV.

The coastal city of Townsville has been the most affected by the flooding.

"They've held together and they've kept each other safe".

Australian soldiers drive through flood waters in Hermit Park, Townsville.

Authorities are warning people to limit unnecessary travel and if it's flooded, forget it - there is still a major flash flooding warning for many areas of Townsville so if you are not moving to an evacuation centre or higher ground, stay off the roads.

"We are now sitting on the side of the highway in the cab of his truck and other stranded people are in the back of his B double trailers".

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More than 100 people sought shelter at the Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor after scores of vehicles were stranded the A30. Londoners were today issued with an ice warning as snow hardens in the capital and around the south east.

The bodies were discovered by police in a storm water drain at Aitkenvale as the floodwaters started to clear across the city on Tuesday morning.

Schools in Townsville remain closed and a decision will be made early on Monday about whether to reopen the city's airport after all flights were cancelled late on Sunday.

Ergon Energy's spokesperson Emma Oliveri told the AFP that more than 16,000 people were without power and they are unable to say when the lights will come back on. "Unprecedented areas of flooding will occur in Townsville", a statement said, adding there was a "risk to life and property". Locals are being advised to watch out for crocs and serpents in the most "unexpected places" as emergency crews continue to deal with the rising water levels.

Queensland Police are warning locals not to become complacent with more water and potential for flash flooding expected.

Food and other supplies are on their way to flood-stricken Townsville as victims contemplate what they've lost and the long, messy clean up ahead.

"It's very hard for us to predict what's going to happen over the next 24 hours", Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill warned.

She said: "Crocodiles may be seen crossing roads".

A record 1.16 metres (3.8 ft) of rain has lashed the Townsville area over the past seven days, with another 100 millimetres expected to be dumped over the area on Monday, the Bureau of Meteorology said.


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