Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .

Twenty rescued as floods sweep northeast Australia
by Staff Writers
Sydney (AFP) Jan 25, 2013

A teenage boy was dramatically rescued from surging floodwaters as he clung to a tree Friday, while others were plucked from stranded cars and homes as floods swept northeastern Australia.

Authorities said there were 20 water rescue cases across central Queensland state overnight and early Friday, after the remnants of tropical cyclone Oswald dumped huge rains around the coastal city of Rockhampton.

Rescues included those of a woman and two children trapped in a car isolated by flood waters, and seven people taken from two flooded homes.

Authorities said a teenage boy was lucky to be alive after he was found clinging to a tree as muddy floodwaters surged around him at Frenchville, some 525 kilometres (325 miles) northwest of Brisbane, early on Friday.

"The current was so strong it just took him away," station officer Brett Williams told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The national broadcaster said the boy's rescuer was himself swept under the waters after helping the teenager to dry land, but later bobbed up safely further down the swollen creek.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning, saying with ex-tropical cyclone Oswald over central Queensland, damaging winds with gusts of up to 90 kilometres per hour (55 mph) were possible in the wider Rockhampton area.

The torrential rain has flooded rivers and dumped enough water to isolate towns, with Rockhampton experiencing its biggest daily downpour since 1939.

The bureau said severe flash flooding was reported overnight in the Yeppoon area, north of Rockhampton, where rainfall of 271 millimetres has been recorded since early Thursday.

In Gladstone, south of Rockhampton, the town was cut off by the flood waters, but damage was limited.

"It's very wet here," Gladstone regional mayor Gail Sellers told ABC TV.

"It hasn't been cyclonic as such but the winds are very strong."

Oswald has also impacted communities in far north Queensland and as the weather system makes its way south, heavy rainfall is expected for the next few days even as Rockhampton moves into clean-up mode as the waters there recede.

"We will be working now to clear up and we ask people to be careful where roads are still covered, where there are powerlines down," Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow said.

The rain has left major highways closed, disrupted rail services and placed Emergency Management Queensland on high alert.

Two years ago floods in Queensland left more than 30 people dead, 29,000 homes and businesses inundated and some 2.5 million people affected.


Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
A world of storm and tempest

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Mozambique floods hit power exports, displace 70,000
Xai-Xai, Mozambique (AFP) Jan 24, 2013
Floods in southern Mozambique have displaced up to 70,000 people and cut power exports to energy-hungry neighbour South Africa in half, officials said Thursday. The south and centre of the country have been placed on red alert after experiencing the heaviest rainfall since devastating floods killed some 800 people in 2000. In some places current water levels are higher than they were dur ... read more

US, Europe team up for moon fly-by

Russia to Launch Lunar Mission in 2015

US, Europe team up for moon fly-by

Mission would drag asteroid to the moon

Opportunity At Work At Whitewater Lake

Thawing Dry Ice Drives Groovy Action On Mars

Mars Rover Curiosity Uses Arm Camera at Night

Possible Clues to Ancient Subsurface Biosphere on Mars

Iran Manufacturing Hi-Tech Spacesuits

TDRS-K Offers Upgrade to Vital Communications Net

An Astronaut's Guide

Mathematical breakthrough sets out rules for more effective teleportation

Reshuffle for Tiangong

China to launch 20 spacecrafts in 2013

Mr Xi in Space

China plans manned space launch in 2013: state media

NASA to Send Inflatable Pod to International Space Station

ISS to get inflatable module

ESA workhorse to power NASA's Orion spacecraft

Competition Hopes To Fine Tune ISS Solar Array Shadowing

Azerspace And Africasat-1a "fit" for Ariane 5 launch

NASA Selects Experimental Commercial Suborbital Flight Payloads

Payload elements come together in Starsem's wrap-up Soyuz mission from Baikonur Cosmodrome for Globalstar

Amazonas 3 in Kourou for Ariane 5 year-opening launch campaign

New Evidence Indicates Auroras Occur Outside Our Solar System

Glitch has space telescope shut down

Earth-size planets common in galaxy

NASA's Hubble Reveals Rogue Planetary Orbit For Fomalhaut B

New information on binding gold particles over metal oxide surfaces

Researchers Create Method for More Sensitive Electrochemical Sensors

Phoenix Rising: New Video Shows Advances in Satellite Repurposing Program

Novel sensor provides bigger picture

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement