As if flooded Queenslanders didn’t have enough to worry about, snakes are also on the move to escape the rising waters – bringing them into closer contact with people.
Kylie Alexander who was bitten by an eastern brown snake last week told The Courier-Mail she was lucky to survive a 12-hour ordeal and 400km mercy dash from her cattle station west of Clermont, which is totally cut-off and isolated by floods.
“Snakes are everywhere out there,” said the 32-year-old mother-of-one, speaking from her bed in Mackay Base Hospital.
“They come out of the floods in their thousands looking for high ground, some end up in the house.”
Looters Strike in Flooded Rockhampton.
One of Queensland’s biggest natural disasters is unfolding in the city of Rockhampton, with isolated outbreaks of looting as police force residents to abandon their homes and the city is cut off.
Hundreds of homes have been inundated and shopping car parks are filling with water as floodwaters in the churning Fitzroy River edge closer to the city’s two main bridges and just one street away from the CBD.
Road and air access to the city has been cut and food drops have been carried out in isolated areas.
Hundreds of residents are still being urged to leave their homes as they wait for an expected river peak of 9.4 metres on Wednesday. But there are new security concerns after a number of homes and cars were looted at the weekend.
A logistical nightmare is also unfolding for residents as police close dozens of roads every day.
Tanya Hallam and Bruce Channells were supposed to get married at a river-front building known as the Boat Club, only their ceremonial pontoon was washed away and the reception venue has been swamped.
“It was a lovely idyllic place with all the boats in the background and the water. There’s too much water now though,” Ms Hallam said.
Their plans have been put on hold as they struggle to protect their own homes – not only from floodwaters, but also from looters.
In some smaller towns in Queensland the flood waters are starting to recede. The problem that is emerging as the water slowly goes down, is that a lot of the roads have been washed away. It certainly is going to be a nightmare of a job for the big clean up. The amount of work that needs to be done just to fix all the roads they say will take months. There have also been some power poles that have been knocked down as stuff floating by ran into them, such as trees, cars, furniture etc. of course power has been turned off in a lot of places. In Rockhampton, the Military are starting to madly take as many supplies into the town as possible before all the roads are cut. (To read more about what the Military are doing there is an article in “The Australian”.) I believe at time of posting, Rockhampton is now isolated, no way in and no way out, all roads are now cut off by flood water.