GIANT crocodiles and snakes are roaming the streets of north east Australia after “once-in-a-century” floods caused havoc.
The country’s defence forces were called into action after rising waters inundated homes, schools and businesses.
Troops delivered 70,000 sandbags and rescued stranded residents from rooftops as monsoon rains battered Queensland.
Several crocs and snakes were spotted in the streets in and around the city of Townsville, after a nearby dam burst.
More than 1,100 people have been evacuated from the town amid “once in a century” floodwaters.
Environment minister Leeanne Enoch warned locals the reptiles could turn up unexpectedly due to the freak storms.
“Crocodiles prefer calmer waters and they may move around in search of a quiet place to wait for floodwaters to recede,” she said.
“[They] may be seen crossing roads, and when flooding recedes, crocodiles can turn up in unusual places such as farm dams or waterholes.
“Similarly, snakes are very good swimmers and they too may turn up unexpectedly.”
Once in a century event happening here. I have never seen the likes of this before
Queensland state Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Ms Enoch told residents to stay away from the creatures saying all sightings should be reported to the Department of Environment.
Photos posted to social media showed homes submerged with crocodiles perched in trees and walking down main roads.
Phil Staley posted a pic of a croc up a tree with the words “Townsville floods 2019.#bigwet”
Erin Hahn said in a Facebook post: “Croc out the front of my dad’s place in mundingburra, O’Reilly street, Ross River Road end.
“Cannot stress it enough to stay out of the water.”
Local police also warned people of other dangers in the floodwater, including leaking sewage.
Queensland state Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk later said: “Once in a century event happening here. I have never seen the likes of this before.”
She said there could be thousands of homes affected by the horror flooding.
A record four feet of rain has fallen across the Townsville area over the past seven days, the Bureau of Meteorology said.
Major flood warnings have been posted for several rivers and more than 20,000 people are reportedly at risk.
The weather bureau warned of “dangerous and high velocity flows” along the Ross River after the flood gates opened at the Ross River dam.
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Even after the release, the dam was still at 229 per cent capacity, holding about 532,000 gigalitres of water- as much as Sydney Harbour.
“We’re hoping to see an easing trend from tomorrow,” said bureau spokeswoman Jess Gardner.
Townsville, a major port for northern Australia, is the country’s top exporter of copper, zinc, lead and sugar.