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29 February 2024

Flooding in Australia washes snakes into bathrooms, crocodiles into streets

Torrential rain from cyclone Ellie has saturated the northern Queensland with 2,900 homes affected in Ingham, 50 of those inundated. (AFP)


Rain-battered residents in north eastern Australia are on alert for snakes in their bathrooms and crocodiles on the road following repeated storms that have sent local wildlife in search of dry land or a safe haven.

More than half of Queensland was declared a disaster area on Tuesday because of rains that started in late December and are expected to continue.

In Queensland’s hardest-hit town of Ingham, David Harkin was preparing to evacuate on Wednesday after watching floods wash through his two-level home. He said he’s seen several snakes around his home since the latest storm hit Sunday.

In the coastal city of Townsville, floods were blamed for washing a freshwater crocodile into the street, where it got run over.