Australian Bureau of Meteorology WA Cyclone History:
A tropical cyclone hit north of Cairns, causing major rainfall through Queensland, reaching as far as Toowoomba. The torrential rain led to the deaths of 47 people, damaged roads, railways, bridges and buildings - and completely destroyed 16 houses. There was also widespread loss of livestock. The estimated costs reported at the time were in the region of £300,000.
Town February Av 6pm (19/2/08)
Cairns 448mm 394mm
Atherton 304mm 422mm
Cooktown 354mm 268mm
Innisfail 595mm 629mmMareeba 311mm 439mm
But it could take months before it's known what kind of environmental damage has been caused by toxic copper concentrate spilt when a freight train was derailed by the floodwaters.
The derailment and spill has prompted questions over the safety of transporting toxic substances including uranium during bad weather in the tropics.