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Crocodile warning following Cyclone Owen

JOHN STANLEY
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Queenslanders are being urged to remain on the lookout for displaced wildlife in the wake of ex-tropical cyclone Owen.

The system is moving offshore after dumping heavy rain on parts of the Queensland coast, causing flooding in some areas.

Halifax recorded 681 millimetres in just 24 hours at the weekend.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Assistant Commissioner Kevin Walsh tells John Stanley locals need to be aware of wondering crocodiles.

“We’re finding these crocs popping up in areas which we normally wouldn’t see them because they’ve more or less been washed out of their normal habitat.”

Assistant Commissioner Walsh says the SES has responded to around 700 calls for help since the flooding began.

He says given the amount of rain, “that’s a reasonably good number”.

“We still have a lot of areas that are still absolutely saturated and flooded, and a lot of the roads are still closed but we’re certainly making our way through all those jobs.”

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