Australia: Hit by heavy flooding after record heat wave
Devastating flooding in northeast Australia has forced thousands of people from their homes -- and even brought snakes and crocodiles onto the streets -- as authorities warn of strong winds and more rain on the way.
Much of the city of Townsville in Queensland state is flooded -- with residents left without power and some compelled to seek safety on the roofs of their homes -- according to CNN affiliate Seven News.
Intense rain on Sunday forced authorities to open the floodgates on the Ross River Dam to relieve pressure and prevent a collapse.
This released thousands of cubic meters of water per second downriver.
Hundreds of homes in Townsville have already been inundated -- Seven News is reporting -- and there are fears that between 10 thousand and 20 thousand more could be at risk from the bad weather.
The overwhelming downpours come as Australia is reeling from a record-breaking heat wave that affected all eight of its states and territories.