Hundreds marooned in north Australian floods

A forecast map for cyclone Grant before the warning was downgraded. [ABC]
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A forecast map for cyclone Grant before the warning was downgraded. [ABC]

Bridget Brennan

Last Updated: Tue, 27 Dec 2011 16:27:00 +1100

Torrential rain has caused havoc in the northern region of Australia, with hundreds of people stranded in floodwaters.

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Grant dumped hundreds of millimetres of rain in the country's 'Top End' on Monday night as waters rose quickly near Katherine, south of the Northern Territory capital, Darwin.

A 20-carriage train, potentially carrying hazardous chemicals, was swept off its tracks at Edith River and one of the train drivers had to be airlifted to hospital.

Elizabeth Robinson and her family were stranded in floodwaters on their neighbours' property this morning.

She said they sheltered on a bulldozer until they were rescued in a boat.

"We were wading through chest-deep water with quite a current," she said.

Northern Territory Emergency Service volunteers have been responding to numerous calls for help and police have closed sections of the Stuart Highway because of flooding.

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