Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Damage Tipped to Be Worse Than 1974 Floods

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Damage Tipped to Be Worse Than 1974 Floods

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ALMOST 30,000 properties are facing flooding in Brisbane and Ipswich, and regional centres are going under, some for the second time in 10 days, as Queensland's deadly flood crisis escalates.

Flood waters are already affecting dozens of Brisbane suburbs, ahead of an expected 5.5m peak of the Brisbane River this morning, while yesterday afternoon the Bremer River, at Ipswich, peaked at 20.5m, causing widespread inundation.

Premier Anna Bligh warned the damage was likely to be worse than experienced in 1974, given the two cities are now so much larger and more densely populated.

aI think we've still got our hardest times ahead of us,a Ms Bligh told reporters in Brisbane yesterday.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who is in the city, says more defence force personnel and aircraft are being sent in to respond to Queensland's flood crisis.

The Brisbane River rose to 4.5 metres yesterday ahead of a 5.5-metre peak today, slightly higher than the 5.45 metres seen in 1974. …

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