January 4, 2011

AUSTRALIAN CITY CUT OFF BY FLOODS BRACES FOR MORE


More than a week of pulsation rains has left much of northeastern Australia under a sea of muddy water that is making its way throughout river systems toward the ocean.


The swollen Fitzroy River was expected to reach the second-highest level on evidence Wednesday in the largest affected community of Rockhampton before finally beginning to subside. Local medium reports have said that 400 homes may be inundated, and the river could remain above inundation levels for at least a week.The Fitzroy has already spilled over its banks, inundating houses and businesses in Rockhampton in waters covering the city streets ranging from a few inches (centimeters) to waist-deep. Up to 500 people who live beside the river have evacuate their homes. Air and rail links to the city of 75,000 people were cut and only one main road remained open.


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