Floodwaters Transform Australian Town Into an Island

March 7, 2018 5:41 am Last Updated: March 7, 2018 5:42 am

Intense rainfall turned a drought-stricken Queensland town into an island on March 6, as shown in this drone footage.

Local officials shared the footage of the now-isolated town of Winton, which is central west of the state, as a reminder for residents to stay safe.

“Remember, if it’s flooded, forget it!” the Winton Shire Council warned in a March 5 Facebook post.

Flood levels peaked at 3.7 meters after 232 millimetres of rain fell over the region in the previous week, surpassing the historical average of 96.7 millimetres, according to ABC.

Mayor Gavin Baskett told ABC that most houses have been spared evacuation, and for many, the floodwaters are actually a welcome sight.

“The people that are getting affected by the water might not be too impressed by it, but everyone else has loved the rain,” he told the broadcaster.

“It’s always great to see a bit of a flood—that’s one way to get the country nice and drenched after five or six years of drought.”

Credit: Winton Shire via Storyful