Channel Country flooding
Heavy rain has fallen across most of Queensland’s north-west over the past four days – making it the best start to the wet season in five years.
Rivers that were dry for most of 2008 have broken their banks and Lake Julius has more than a metre of water flowing over the spillway, which has led to the evacuation of nearby residents.
Cloncurry has received over 400 millimetres (mm) of rain in the past four days while Mount Isa recorded 162 mm.
Other significant falls in the north-west include Camooweal with 188 mm, Urangandie- 78 mm, Boulia- 53 mm, Julia Creek- 167 mm, Richmond- 102 mm, Hughenden- 108mm and Winton 91 mm.
In Mount Isa, most bridges are flooded or blocked by piles of branches and debris and roads to several other towns including Julia Creek and Cloncurry are also cut.
Here is an image of the Georgina River in flood taken on the 4th January 2009.