Added by James Morley on January 7, 2011
Australia‘s flood-stricken state of Queensland can expect more rains, threatening to worsen the situation in towns like Rockhampton, Canberra‘s Bureau of Meteorology said on Friday.
The weather bureau has predicted heavy rainfalls “with the potential for flash flooding and this may contribute to existing flooding situation.” It said the rain is predicted to fall very slowly in and around Rockhampton, where supplies have been cut to “irresponsible” residents who are refusing to leave the besieged town.
“We have taken a decision, and we make it very clear, that we cannot put emergency services resources at risk bringing in those supplies,” Rockhampton Mayor Brad Carter said in response to the situation that has developed.
Meanwhile, the town of St George is preparing for the highest level on record on its Balonne river – some 14m – after experiencing its previous highest level only a year ago: “To watch your lovely homes that were restored over the last 10 months go under again, it’s very heartbreaking…” Donna Stewart, Balonne Shire Mayor, told ABC.
Thousands of Queenslanders and their animals have been evacuated following the floods, which has affected 200,000 people and cost about A$1-billion in lost production.