/ 01 February 2024

Queensland’s soggy summer continues

Image source: AAP
Image source: AAP

As a public inquiry into insurance companies’ responses to the 2022 floods kicks off, Queenslanders are facing a major cleanup from the latest inundation, with more rain and possibly even the return of ex-tropical Cyclone Kirrily continuing to threaten the state. Massive downpours were recorded in places like Samford, northwest of Brisbane, and that has meant more floods this week. It has also seen dead fish and crabs washed onto the river banks – locals say they’ve “never seen anything like it”, even during the infamous 2011 floods… Several weather/flood warnings remain in place across the state, with towns like Mount Isa cut off by flooded highways. Senior meteorologist Angus Hines says while it doesn’t look like the ex-tropical cyclone will re-intensify, it could “do a complete 180” and start moving south again later in the week, with no sign of when conditions will ease.

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