Townsville Emergency Declared: 'I Think I Saw A Dead Cow Float By'
Townsville residents are again being told to leave their homes as north Queensland's flood disaster continues.
Severe weather warnings are in place for parts of the state's north, northwest, peninsula and gulf country as storms and a monsoon trough dump extraordinary amounts of rain.
The disaster-declared Townsville region copped more downpours on Friday morning, sparking fresh evacuation warnings.
Residents of Black River, Bluewater, Beach Holm, Yabulu and Toolakea have been told to consider leaving their homes.
Water levels in those communities are already high and more rain could see water wash through more homes, as it did at Bluewater on Wednesday.
Bluewater resident Roger Goodwin said the rain had been "horrendous" since about 2am, and a wall of water hit his property two hours later.
"We had a meter-and-a-half of water come through the house again - or under my house," he told ABC television.
He thinks he saw a dead cow float by at one stage and says Bluewater has had about 900mm of rain in the past three days.
"The noise of the flood that goes under the house, it is unbelievable."
Goodwin's neighbours are staying with him as their house had been swamped. He expects dozens of homes will emerge with flood damage.
At the moment he's staying put, but only because his house is three metres off the ground.
At Giru, south of Townsville, police have found a man they feared might have been swept away in flood waters.
The 32-year-old was last seen on foot near Black Gully about 5pm on Thursday and authorities believed he may have entered the water in an attempt to get home.
But he was found safe and well on Friday after spending the night with a friend.
The Bruce Highway remains cut-off south of Townsville and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has ordered schools and childcare centres in the flood zone not to open on Friday.
The disaster has forced the cancellation of all schools and urban bus services in the city, and the Townsville courts will not operate on Friday.
There is also the potential for flash flooding in parts of northwestern Queensland on Friday and Saturday.
Communities near the Northern Territory border, including Mount Isa, Cloncurry and Julia Creek are at risk.
Residents along Cape York Peninsula's western coastline and in the Torres Strait have also been warned to expect abnormally high tides and the possibility of gale-force monsoonal winds into the weekend.
The premier will convene a State Disaster Management Committee meeting in Brisbane at 10am on Friday.