"I'm asking for people to have patience", Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Tuesday. "I can not confirm that any of them actually entered flood waters". Emergency crews are evacuating people on rafts, said a BBC News report on Saturday.
Emergency services have been receiving incessant disaster and rescue calls made overnight from around the city of Townsville where evacuation centres have been filled up.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services recommend people in affected areas move their cars under cover and away from trees, secure all loose outdoor items, seek shelter indoors, beware of fallen trees and powerlines, not enter flood waters and keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
The rain and flash flooding began a week ago, causing power and phone outages, closing roads and businesses and inundating homes. "We've never seen weather like this".
The local police tweeted: "If the thought of coming face to face with a crocodile isn't deterrent enough, before you start playing in flood waters you should always remember the distinct possibility you could be wading in your neighbour's faeces. Yes".
Meanwhile, residents in the small community of Balgal Beach, about 50 kilometres north east of Townsville, spent the morning cleaning up after 200mm of rain overnight.
"It's all material stuff, we can replace things, but to get in and open the door and see everything gone - it was just devastating", he told AAP.
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"We've been giving warnings for the last three days, we doorknocked the areas previously to warn people there was a significant risk, in fact some people were doorknocked twice".
Her calls were echoed by Andrew Gissing, General Manager of Resilience at Risk Frontiers - who said warnings were in place for good reason.
He understood the decision but said it was demoralising to see the destruction at his Hermit Park park home.
NRL player Kalifa Faifai Loa helps Danielle Josey and Lyndon Josey remove valuable belongings from their home in Idalia, Townsville.
More than a metre of rain fell in one week, beating previous records, and prompting authorities to open the gates of the Ross River dam to reduce swollen water levels.
The Queensland Police tweeted: "Schools from Halixfax, Townsvile & Giru that were closed on Friday will remain closed tomorrow".
According to CNN affiliate 9 News, supermarket shelves across the region are almost empty, with chains struggling to restock after Townsville Airport was closed and many major roads cut.