Search Resumes For Recently Married Man Missing In Townsville Floodwaters
A man remains missing in floodwaters in north Queensland as police stay hopeful he will be found alive.
The 35-year-old Townsville man was one of three on board a boat at Groper Creek when it crashed into a submerged jetty close to Hinkson Esplanade about 5.35pm on Friday.
Two men were thrown into the water, while the third was pulled to safety.
One went under and was not seen again, while the other swam to safety and was treated for facial injuries and possible spinal injuries.
Water police, swift water rescue crews, a helicopter and other local vessels resumed the search on Saturday but have so far failed to locate the missing man.
Police said the murky floodwaters made the search difficult but that authorities were not giving up hope.
Rainfall in the state's north eased into the weekend 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.
More than 12,800 insurance claims amounting to more than $160 million have been lodged by residents and businesses in the Townsville region.
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.