Choppers called in for flooded Gulf Country rescues

HELICOPTERS have been flown in to rescue residents stranded by floods in Queensland's gulf country.

Authorities said about 70 people were cut off when a downpour flooded roads around Burketown and Doomadgee on Saturday night.

All but seven had been airlifted to safety as the rescue operation continued yesterday afternoon, with some having been stranded for more than 36 hours.

The Bureau of Meteorology has cancelled its cyclone watch for the state's far north-west, but a severe weather warning remains in place.

A spokesman said a deep low over the top end of the Northern Territory continued to generate strong winds over the Gulf of Carpentaria and would move east to south-east over the coming days.

Sea levels yesterday and this evening were expected to exceed the highest tides of the year by about 50cm.

Burketown had received about 189mm of rain before 9am yesterday. Drought-affected area Longreach was unfortunately not expected to benefit.