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In pictures: How Townsville's one-in-100 year flood crisis unfolded

Wednesday February 6, 2019 - 15:08 EDT
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Ken Hamelink and Eileen White are throwing everything out from the ground floor of their flooded townhouse in Townsville, including their couch and most appliances. - ABC

The North Queensland flood disaster has officially been declared a catastrophe after a slow moving monsoon dumped record-breaking rain over the Townsville region for days.

Here are some of the most powerful images from the natural disaster that has inundated suburbs and threatened lives.

Hundreds of Townsville residents have been evacuated after the floodgates to the city's Ross River Dam were fully opened.

As the damage bill for the disaster is still being assessed, residents face a massive clean-up ahead.

But it hasn't been all bad news, as drought-stricken graziers in the state's west rejoice as the deluge brings much needed rain.


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