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article imageCrocodiles and Snakes in Australia Floodwaters Like Katrina Storm

By Carol Forsloff     Feb 5, 2009 in Environment
More than 60% of Queensland, Australia has been under water in recent days while Australia has suffered its worst flooding in 50 years. As if that isn't bad enough, folks have to contend with crocodiles and snakes in their homes.
Ingram, a small town has been hit hard with 2,900 homes damaged or flooded, while people were evacuated. Australian papers report that residents are "living in a swimming pool." But in some ways that isn't the worst of it. It's those crocs and snakes that have many people worried.
There were three reports of crocodiles in homes in the region, according to the news on Wednesday. Authorities don't know if there were three crocodiles or the same one reported three times. Still once was likely enough to scare people.
Folks in the region have had to be evacuated while fresh food supplies were flown in as well. Weather reports predicted cyclones, but as of Thursday they indicate that these storms may have dissipated. The rain is likely to continue for awhile, however, according to authorities.
Residents in North Eastern Australia had been placed on crocodile and snake alert. They were warned that these creatures could end up in kitchens and bathrooms.
Already some of these animals have shown up as authorities continue to get calls from residents about reptiles around. Wildlife Carers volunteer Lana Allcroft said that since the floods started her service has been inundated with calls. Allcroft told reporters,
"A lady rang up this morning and said she had a snake in her bathroom. I said, 'Well, I've got a crocodile in mine,'" We've had wallabies, curlews, snakes and flying foxes, and that's just this morning." A curlew is a kind of bird.
This is reminiscent of the Hurricane Katrina experience when snakes and alligators were reported seen in the flood waters. U.S. Congressman Charles Melancon of Louisiana asked for funds to repair Bernard Parish School Board's Bus Maintenance and Storage Building that was severely damaged by high winds and 14 feet of water and that after the waters receded had mold, rat infestation, snakes and fleas.
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