Entire Australian town evacuated as flood waters unleash crocodiles

February 20, 2011AUSTRALIA – About 300 people were evacuated from a flooded and crocodile-infested town in the Northern Territory after the deluge from Cyclone Carlos caused the Daly River to rise to 14.9m. Authorities estimate nearly every resident of the town of Daly River, located 200km south of Darwin and named after the creek that runs through its centre, had been moved by boat to a school at nearby Woolianna. The river is expected to remain above 14m for a week. Mr Davies said there had been several reports of crocodiles being seen in the town. “What I understand is that pretty much everybody in the community is being evacuated. “It is voluntary and there’s no threat to life, but I have to say conditions there won’t be very pleasant now, with inundation down most of the roads and in some of the houses.” In a separate incident, a teenage boy is missing after his brothers watched him being attacked by a crocodile on an island off Arnhem Land. Northern Territory police say the 14-year-old boy was playing in a creek on Milingimbi Island, about 400km east of Darwin and just off the coast of Arnhem Land, when a crocodile attacked him yesterday morning. “Police received a report . . . that the boy was playing in a creek with his brothers when he was taken by a crocodile,” a police spokeswoman said. “Members of the Milingimbi community began searching the creek and surrounding area for the boy, but as yet there has been no sign of him.” The attack came days after residents of the Top End were urged to stay out of waterways after torrential rains and wild winds caused flooding. –The Australian
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