Tales of concern and survival from sodden Queensland
As Maryborough reels from a flood that has inundated the centre of town, police hold grave fears for 14yo Krystal Cain after her car was washed away in floodwaters near Gympie on Friday night. Her distraught family says the teenager and her father were on their way to visit grandparents when the car was inundated by water, and he was later found clinging to a tree. Also near Gympie, a father used a rope from his submerged car to tie himself and his primary school-aged daughter to the top of a 10m-high tree while they waited for floodwaters to recede. They were found and airlifted to safety two days later, suffering dehydration, exposure, and insect bites. Further north, Cyclone Tiffany has been downgraded to a tropical storm now that it’s crossed the coast of Cape York, but it’s expected to turn into a cyclone again in the Gulf of Carpentaria as it heads towards the Territory’s east coast. We’re not even 2 weeks in, but forecasters say we’re heading towards one of the wettest Januarys on record.
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