More flood misery for Australia

Thursday 10th Mar 2011 by theWeather Club

Is seems like vengeful weather gods are not yet ready to release parts of Australia from their destructive grip, with north-eastern parts of the country being hit by new heavy rainfall. Residents of Cardwell, one of Queensland's worst-hit towns have found themselves thigh-deep in water after the latest deluge. In the towns of Cardwell, Mission Beach, Tully Heads and Hull Heads supplies of food and water are running short, as the water has cut them off from the surrounding area. There is no let up in sight as more rain is expected, much of which will fall in areas that were only just beginning to recover from Cyclone Yasi, which hit in February.

Debris from the storm still litters many towns of northern Queensland. Roofs were ripped off houses and floods swept away possessions. Local infrastructure was also destroyed, damaging agricultural and mining incomes. "It's pretty devastating because just when you think you might be getting ahead, you find yourself another two steps behind," pensioner Rita Porter, from Cardwell, told reporters. "Today and tomorrow will be the worst for those townships," senior forecaster Bryan Rolstone told the AAP news agency. "Because the catchment area is saturated, flooding is very easy and when we have heavy rain, flooding is more likely."

Some residents have taken refuge, again, in evacuation centres. A spokesman from Emergency Management Queensland, Daryl Camp, said cleaning up after last month's disasters was continuing. “Now we get the rain on top of it - you can see that the people aren't taking it really well,” he said. “It's one more thing to add to their list of burdens.”