More Rain Predicted, Hundreds Evacuated as Monsoons Flood Australian City

Following record breaking heatwave, Australia is now enduring 'once in a century' floods

Earlier: AUTHORITIES are desperately searching for two men missing in Townsville's flood.

Hughie Morton, 21, and Troy Mathieson, 23, were last seen at Townsville Shopping Centre, near floodwaters, just before 4am Monday morning.

10 News First understands the two bodies were found in a stormwater drain in the northern suburb of Aitkenvale.

Soldiers, police and SES workers patrolled at-risk parts of the city overnight, helping people move from vulnerable homes.

A day of intense rainfall forced the local council to open the floodgates to Townsville's swollen Ross River Dam on Sunday, releasing nearly 2000 cubic metres of water per second downriver.

Up to 2000 properties in the state of Queensland may have been affected by flooding and residents are afraid of hungry crocodile coming inside their inundated homes.

Mr Morrison said he had been getting "frequent briefings" and hoped to visit as soon as practicable.

"They were involved in another police investigation", State Disaster Co-ordinator and police Deputy Commissioner Bob Gee said.

"If those officers had have needed those powers they would be fully supported by myself, all the way down through the command team".

"Anyone out there with a boat please go to ..."

Police fear the pair may have been swept into a drain.

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Flood-affected people are evacuated from Townsville, Feb. 4, 2019, as the recent downpour in Australia.

"It's a big task ahead of us".

"Our homes have been sacrificed to save the rest of Townsville".

"It's basically not just a one in 20-year event, it's a one in 100-year event", she told reporters yesterday.

"Chris you are an wonderful generous person thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.

We're knee deep in water rising steadily", another Townsville resident wrote.

They also had a warning for those venturing out into floodwaters on their own: "Crocodiles may be seen crossing roads, and when flooding recedes, crocodiles can turn up in unusual places such as farm dams or waterholes", says Queensland's Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch.

Two police officers rescued two people on Charters Towers Road before they themselves were swept away - one clinging to a power pole - before they could be rescued leaving a police vehicle destroyed. Floodwaters are also full of snakes, with authorities telling people they must stay out of the water.

So while this weather remains, keep an eye out for any warnings on our website and app, and follow the advice of your emergency services.

"So grateful to this fantastic human in our time of need honestly can't thank him enough", she said.

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