There is salvation for two people and a dog trapped in a house amidst growing floods in the north of Queensland.
The water police responds to an emergency call from several houses in Bluewater, where 187 mm of precipitation fell on Wednesday from 9 am.
The slow-moving monsoon trench has already flooded the region: in some areas between Cardwell and Mackay, there was more than 300 mm of precipitation on Wednesday from 24:00 to 9:00 on Wednesday.
Most cities in the region received between 100 and 200 mm, with a sudden flood cutting off the Bruce Highway and local roads in many places.
The floods also cut off a group of holidaymakers near Townsville, who had to be rescued by helicopter from Charters Towers.
The Bureau of Meteorology warned that wet weather would last at least another week.
It is expected to turn north late on Thursday evening, back to the catchment areas that are already flooded.
Meteorologist Harry Clark said that severe falls during the wet season were common in the far north of the state, but this weather system was particularly stable.
“This is a high-level event in terms of outcome and constant character, and the fact that it is already quite saturated increases the risk of flash floods,” he told AAP on Wednesday.
BoM re-released flood hours for numerous drainage basins north of Townsville, including the Daintree River, where there were record floods over the weekend.
While the north of the state absorbs moisture, in some parts of the southeast corner there has been no rain since mid-December.
Mr. Clark said that Brisbane and Coolangatta will bake the driest January in the entire history of observations, if it does not rain before the weekend.
Dalby also seems to be recording his driest January since 1870, if it doesn't rain there.