(CNN) Queensland, Australia, has witnessed Record breaking floodHe warned the residents of some areas not to travel because of seeing large crocodiles in the flood waters.
The flooding, caused by heavy rains, was particularly severe in Burketown, a small community in the north of the state about 1,300 miles northwest of the state capital, Brisbane. Aerial photos show flooded roads and homes.
Reportedly, approximately 100 residents have been flown to higher ground Reuters report.
Floodwaters in Burketown have reached record levels, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology on Tuesday, with the river rising above them. The previous high of 6.78 meters registered in 2011.
On Monday, Queensland police warned residents to stay away from floodwaters as a helicopter spotted “two very large crocodiles” in the waters.
The warning came in a video posted on Twitter, which showed police rescuing a baby kangaroo from flood waters.
in statement “It remains unsafe for the displaced to return home and police are reminding residents to limit movement in flood waters due to unseen dangers and the recent sightings of crocodiles,” Queensland Police said on Tuesday.
The floods are expected to slowly recede over the next few days, according to the Met Office, but are likely to remain above the “significant flood level” of 6 meters (about 20 feet) until Wednesday and possibly longer.
This flood crisis is the latest for Australia, which has suffered several major floods over the past few years, due to the multi-year La Nina weather phenomenon, usually associated with increased rainfall. These include Record-breaking devastating floods in Western Australia in January, affecting an area nearly three times the size of the United Kingdom.
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