The city of Rockhampton is now completely isolated, with all road, rail, and air traffic blocked. The military is now supplying the city of 70,000, where the waters are not expected to peak until Wednesday. The floods have now covered –that’s covered, not affected– an area equal to France and Germany combined.
The rains over Queensland continued yesterday and today, with many of the flooded regions receiving 1/2 – 1 inch (about 12 – 25 mm) of rain. Total rainfall amounts in the flood region over the past month are generally in the 16 – 24 inch range (400 – 600 mm). Predicted rainfall amounts for the next two days in the flooded region are less than 1/2 inch (12 mm), which should allow for river levels to peak by Tuesday or Wednesday, then slowly fall. However, heavy rains are predicted to affect the area again by Thursday, and it may be several weeks before the summer rains ease enough to allow all of Queensland’s rivers to retreat below flood stage.
Image credit: Australian Bureau of Meteorology.
link to Wunderblog has video with helicopter footage, about 2/3 down the page.
Another video from the BBC, here: BBC News – Australian flooding ‘to last weeks’