18 Dec 2023

Cairns airport underwater as heavy rain hits Queensland's far north

From Checkpoint, 5:06 pm on 18 December 2023

Cairns airport is underwater as heavy rain continues to lash Queensland's far north.

The remnants of ex-tropical cyclone Jasper have caused widespread destruction.

The main roads into Cairns were blocked and people were being evacuated from their homes in the worst flooding the city of 150,000 people has seen in 100 years.

New Zealander Hohi Oates has lived in Cairns for 3 decades, and has been unable to get to work since last week.

Hohi speaks to Jimmy Ellingham.