Hopes Fading For Recently Married Man Missing In Queensland Flood Waters
Authorities say the search for a man missing in flood waters in north Queensland "is quite difficult".
Police said 35-year-old Justin Scott was with two friends when they hit the jetty at Groper Creek, near Ayr, around 5:30pm on Friday.
Acting Inspector Matthew Lyons said the search was difficult but not over.
"Access to the location is quite difficult, it's only accessible from boat," he said.
"We need to keep having hope, for the family they need hope."
The trio was thrown into the water and two of the men made it to safety, with one treated for injuries.
A search involving water police, swift water crews, and a helicopter last night failed to find the third man.
The search resumed on Saturday morning with local boat owners also scanning the area.
Rainfall in the state's north has eased overnight as the monsoonal trough, which dumped more than a year's rain on large swathes of north and western Queensland, pushes further offshore.
Residents in flood-ravaged Townsville enjoyed patchy sunshine on Saturday, with further fine weather and warm temperatures giving waterlogged homes a chance to dry out over the next week.
A total of 12,850 insurance claims amounting to a combined $161 million had been lodged by residents and businesses in the Townsville region by Saturday 9am.
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Assessors now say 1,700 Townsville properties have been damaged in the floods.
However, the financial impact on farmers in the state's interior may not be known for weeks as rural communities from Longreach to Charters Towers, and north to Kowanyama on Cape York Peninsula, remain surrounded by floodwaters.
Drought-stricken graziers, who are estimated to have lost a staggering 300,000 head of cattle, have been using helicopters to find their surviving cattle isolated on high-ground.
Some graziers have reported seeing piles of up to 500 head of dead cattle piled up in paddock corners after becoming weakened and disoriented.
The federal government has opened up grant funding, and the state government on Saturday extended its disaster assistance to several more local government areas, as well as primary producers in Winton.
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned the flood waters in the north west could take days to recede.
"The inland river catchments drain quite slowly so we're looking at high water level in those rivers for the next five to seven days," meteorologist Vinod Anand told AAP.
He said the water should drain south into the Channel Country around Boulia and Bedourie, and a flood warning has been issued for the Diamantina River.
A major flood warning remains in place for the Upper Burdekin, Flinders, Albert and Leichhardt Rivers, and a flood watch remains in place for catchments from the Daintree to Mackay.