Torrential rain forces authorities to open dam floodgates, releasing 1,900 litres a second in ‘once-in-a-century flood’. Follow all the developments
Officials made the difficult decision to open the floodgates of Townsville’s Ross River dam overnight. The dam was at nearly 250% capacity at midnight.
As the floodgates opened at 8pm on Sunday night, the water-logged city was inundated with another 1,900 litres of water per second.
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Hello and thanks for joining our coverage of the Queensland floods, described by the premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, as a “once-in-a-century flood”. My name is Luke Henriques-Gomes.
Over the past 24 hours, the Queensland Fire and Emergency received 850 calls for help. Among those rescued were two police officers who became caught in the flood waters.