Australian Govt evacuates residents of Queensland amid record-breaking floods in region
Taking to Twitter, the police shared visuals of the flooding in Burketown and urged all remaining residents to leave. “Police are strongly urging all remaining residents to leave the community of Burketown as soon as possible. This is particularly relevant to the elderly and people with young children,” the police tweeted.
The weather forecast predicts that river levels in the area will peak on Sunday. The Burke Shire Council has issued a final alert urging residents to evacuate, as the water movements are unpredictable and rising at a rapid rate. Sewer and power services are expected to be cut from Saturday night.
The Burke Shire Council, meanwhile, issued a final alert on Saturday urging the residents to evacuate. “Waters are continuing to rise in the Burketown Community and surrounding shire. At the moment, the water movements are unpredictable and are rising at a rapid rate. The safety of our community members is paramount and we strongly encourage residents to leave,” the council said.