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Police Evacuate Residents by Boat as Homes Hit by Floods in Burketown, Queensland

Police worked to evacuate residents trapped in “unprecedented” flooding in Burketown, Queensland, on March 12, as rain from severe thunderstorms hit the area.

Video filmed by Queensland Police shows a line of Burketown houses inundated with water on Sunday, during what Queensland Fire and Emergency Services described as an “unprecedented flooding situation.”

“Persistently high flood levels mean the area is still unsafe, and movement around the community should be limited to essential matters only,” QFES said.

The Queensland Police Service warned remaining residents to limit movement due to “multiple hazards, including concealed infrastructure damage and crocodiles.”

Australian media reported the area could remain flooded for several weeks. Credit: Queensland Police via Storyful