Australia's Flood Zone Texas - Bigger Than Lone Star State
By: Rob Adams
Published: Jan 1, 2021
Australia's Flood Zone Texas - Bigger than Lone Star State. Flood zone residents the size of Texas on Australia's coast were evacuated Saturday. The surging floodwaters edged closer to their community, with one official describing the devastation as reaching "biblical proportions."
Days of driving rain last week swamped northeastern Australia, with around 200,000 people affected by floodwaters in an area larger than France and Germany combined. While the rain has stopped, rivers are still surging to new heights and overflowing into low-lying towns as the water makes its way toward the ocean.
"In many ways, it is a disaster of biblical proportions," Queensland Treasurer Andrew Fraser told reporters in the flooded city of Bundaberg on Saturday.
The city of Rockhampton, near the coast, is the next community in the water's path, and is bracing for flood levels to peak Tuesday or Wednesday.
Rockhampton residents stocked up on food and supplies Saturday, with officials moving those living in low-lying areas into an evacuation center. Mayor Brad Carter warned about 40 percent of the city could be affected by the surging waters, and residents could be forced to wait at least two weeks before returning home.