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ambulance, SES, locals, all sandbagging, or desperately trying to save these properties. It's a race against time and the rising water. With 1,500 locals already evacuated, the SES are ordering more to go. Have you seen the water this high before?Never. We've been here in this house five, six years now and never seen it come up that high.Do you think it could come up the street towards your place?This time? Yes. There's a good chance this time it will come over. Further north in Lismore, the floods also came but not as high as expected. There were evacuations and resident there are still on high alert. Back in Grafton, locals like Bob and Leone are hoping the sandbags and the wall hold it off. Are you nervous it will break through?Not really. I trust it. You have to cop it. When it happens, come back and clean her up and away you go again.
We certainly met some wonderful people in Grafton today. Right now I'm standing on the banks of the Clarence River. You probably can't tell but the water level has dropped by about 15 centimetres which is a far cry from where it was at midday today when it peaked at 8.08 metres which was a record. I'm joined live now by the Clarence Valley Mayor, Richie Williamson. How close did the town come to disaster?We were faced with a very serious and life-threatening situation. Today really was a photo finish. It was a matter of centimetres today and not metres. With some good engineering, we've saved the city.Very, very lucky. I have some statistics here. 42,500 people are currently isolated bay floodwaters. Flee,000 people had to be evacuated from Grafton. You still have got concerns for other communities further down the river? Our attention turns to the Lower Clarence and the community around Yamba. They're being door knucked as we speak. There are possibilities of further evacuations tonight. The flood peak is expected in the Lower Clarence between midnight and 1am.This is the fourth flood to hit Grafton in four years. How will the community bounce back?It will take a lot of commitment by a lot of people - Federal, State and local governments and the community working together. We have bounced back in the past and we will bounce back. The clean up starts tomorrow. We will clean up the mess this massive flood has left.We wish you all the best. The best here from Grafton is thepbgs are on the improve. We hope that will be up the case there in Bundaberg where you are. It's back to you there. Everyone has their fingers crossed there. Thank you. Stay with us for this special edition of A Current Affair.
This program is not captioned. Welcome back to A Current Affair. We're coming to you from Bundaberg tonight. A little closer to Brisbane - Ipswich is no stranger to devastating floods. Kate Donnison filed this report. We breed 'em tough up here in Queensland. But our second flood in as many years is nothing short of heartbreaking. Are you OK? In Ipswich, the past 24 hours has been hell.Bedside tables, rugs, couches. Absolutely everything. Dining table. Washing machine. Dishwugser. Pretty hard thing -- dishwasher. Pretty hard thing. We're still finishing off from before. It kills you.We first felt Mike and Cathy's pain in the 2011 flood.This is revolting. This is our bathroom.It was.. Was our bathroom. It's yucky.It is. I know. We're not going to have a bath.Now the young family is living the nightmare all again.We didn't want to go to thevacuation centre. We would rather be with friends. We revisited some of the worst-hit residents of the last floods. They call themselves Floodies. Vicki Ash formed the group. Kerri Seaman were living in a caravan the last time we saw them. What we have belongs to other people. Which I'm grateful for. Don't get me wrong, I'll always grateful for that. After putting their lives back together piece by piece, Mother Nature is belting them again. I done think I can stay here anymore. Just too much.Last night, Neville was keeping a nervous watch on the rising water. I guess you probably won't breathe a sigh of relief until the morning? We will check it all night.Across town, we found another 2011 flood survivor. Last night her home was savageed again. Were you covered by insurance the last time?We had insurance but they said they weren't covering for flood.So what's your concern if there's damage to any of your belongings this time arn?Have strong shoulders.Her neighbour has already been forced to evacuate. What they come home to tomorrow will be devastating.I think the water entered his house about 45 minutes ago.A bit of a crowd has gathered here in Ipswich to watch the rising floodwaters. The original peak time was at 6pm. Authorities have just revised it for being between 6pm and midnight. So for residents around here that thought they may have previously escaped this water, it's another Annetious night ahead. Some locals -- anxious night ahead. Some locals still aren't heeding the warning. It's not safe for you to play in. Nearby, justen Cook and his neighbours are frightened. The house over the road is already inundated.We thought it wouldn't happen.Last night, our cameras could only just make out where the water was up to in this area. By day you can see the water mark on this street sign. Most of these houses have been spared, thrapbg goodness, apart from Tracy -- thank goodness, apart from Tracy who is on the corner. Her mother is helping her clean up and she was a flood victim the last time.You will need somewhere to live.The water began creeping towards Tracy bair's home. This morning it's a hive -- Baird's home. This morning it's a hive of activity.You can't stop it.Tracy is doing this alone. Her partner was recently deployed to Afghanistan. It's hard for the 21-year-old to face the mammoth job ahead. Her mum knows exactly what she's going through.
I've already been through it. I've already lost a house. Not this time. To watch your own child go through it.When we checked back this morning, Mike and Coalition Governmenty were lucky, the Seamans were spared too. The neighbour was worse hit. How far has it gone up inside the house?About 400.I still think we're better off than people up in Bundaberg and there are always people worse off.You can always fine someone worse off than you. Kate Donnison with that report. We'll be back with more right after the break.
This program is not captioned. Welcome back. Today Brisbane held its breath as the CBD stretch of the river peaked at around midday. Chris Allen was out on the water.
It's out here on the water you get a totally different view of what's going on. It's a beautiful day but don't be deceived - Brisbane is about to face its biggest threat of this disaster as the river reaches its peak. The water level is expected to rise between 2.3 metres and 2.5 metres. That's enough, we're told, to potentially flood 5,000 homes and businesses.It's really strange to see the water level coming up as the tide goes out.Graham is a yachtie who has crossed the Pacific and has taken shelter in the river.Logs jamming the rudders beneath the boat. Stkpwhro you can see how fast the river -- You can see how fast the river is flowing.The balcony of the Jazz Club. Normally there are tables and chairs here. Probably people having a good time. Rita had only just finished the repairs to the club?We were just in the process of planning the second stage of repair.Last time, two years ago, it was probably above our heads?Yes, indeed.Over here to my left, you can see a victim of the floodwaters. It's a boat, probably a 7-metre boat. Would have been a lovely luxury motor cruiser, I'd say. It's obviously been struck by some debris or has somehow sunk and disappeared under the pontoon. You can see the logs here. The current is moving quite swiftly. That's probably what happened to it. But we're presuming its owners up there will have a nasty surprise if they don't already know what's happened. You've ben out on the water for a couple of hours. What have you seen?Lots of debris. Lots of thins floating in the water you don't know.Guiding us around is Paul Burt.One instance earlier. We were motoring past the marina and this one giant piece of metal speared out of the water like a breaching whale. It came out, toppled over and disappeared. It's that sort of unfortunate thin that could happen and hit anybody. That piece of metal and material is making its way out in to Moreton Bay.This is the centre of Brisbane's business district. There are a lot of fashionable restaurants and eateries along here. Some of them went under water and sustained a lot of damage. Just the other day Matt Moran, the celebrity chef, has a boardwalk cafe here that flooded. Jellyfish flooded last time. Today it looks like they've dodged a bullet.The water is lapping at the edge of the concrete. So if you went past in a boat at a bit of speed, that would be enough to push the water into the restaurants here. I'd say they've dodged a bullet.Business owners held their breath. But the peak passed without flooding the CBD.It's alive. A little butcher bird. There you go, champion. Floating in the debris, a small bird. One flood orphan.He will be OK. He's a bit scared. He is waterlogged. Probably having fallen out of a tree. Reality is he's alive. We'll keep him in the shade and he'll be OK. We'll keep him warm at the same time. Put him on the bank and I'm sure he'll be OK. Chris Allen reporting there. Here at Bundaberg there are plenty of sad stories. I know we're about to hear another one. We're joined by some locals. But where is your home?We're basically situated straight across the bridge. And we've just spoken to Mark and apparently our house isn't holding up too well. We've only just recently moved into the house. I know we may have lost everything. It's not looking good.We didn't have a chance to get anything out. When did you leave?On Saturday afternoon.About 3 o'clock.You've been out for days. Where have you been living?. At the Civic Centre. You've got two little kids. Did you get a chance to take anything with you - photographs or anything?No. Just clothes.Did the water just rush up?Yeah. Up the steps. I watched the levee bank break over the top of the cribt fields. And you couldn't see my back road after a few minutes.We're hearing so many stories about people on that side of the town who were surprised by these floods - did you hear the warnings and did not think it would reach you?We've only been here in Bundaberg for about a year and a half now and we have heard from people who have lived in our house previous it only came up halfway in our downstairs area. As I said, talking to Mark, it's looking like it's right through the top section of our house. It was a bit of a surprise for us. We weren't here for the last flood last time. That's the worst kind of surprise. You've been talking to Jason and for our viewers, if you have noticed the tinnie in the road behind us, Jason is its driver. Jason is a local. You've been doing some humanitarian runs on the tinnie?Ferrying people Bakkewards and forwards from East Bundy so they can get clean drinking water and food and whatever they need. And for people who live up there. Just stuff like that.How far do you have to go over there before you find houses that rather than under water?A fair way. Probably a kilometre and a half. Just I've been dropping people off to the service station and bringing a few of the backpackers over. They're on an island.Have you had to rescue any people from their houses? Luckily, no. I'm glad people have been smart enough to get out.You have offered to take these guys over to show them their house. Do you know where their house is?Yeah. It's just on the ben.Is there much over there that's not under water? Most of them are pretty well under. She's prilty bad.Are you pre-- pretty bad. Are you prepared for what you're about to see?Not really. We have spent a lot of money on furniture.New TVs and bikes.Are you insured?No.Any help we can gelt up here would be really wonderful.I don't blame you asking. I think there will be a lot of poem who will be needing help. I don't doubt you'll get help. Australians rally for these flood relief appeals.What has come into the centre has been awesome with everybody donating everything, it's been great. Food, clothing, fans, beds, bedding, it is just awesome. It's these times that people rally. Thank you very much. Good luck. You're off with Jason in a couple of minutes. We'll be back with more right after the break.
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Welcome back. We were speaking with a local tinnie operator there. He's a local bloke and has been helping people out around here during the flood crisis. He is now heading off back over to East Bundaberg. He is taking him across to see his house. They're off to do that now. Overnight families in Logan, south of Brisbane, were battered by wild weather. They were forced to leave their homes.
Ip2011, 2012, this is worse than them.Locals have never seen anything like it.Fridge, TVs microwaves. We only took what we could fit in the car.Late last night we were with Scott Shepherd and his wife as their Logan home of eight years started to go under.We knew it would flood but not to this extent.First, the water took over their backyard, then as the Logan River raged overnight, floodwaters rose quickly and unexpectedly early this morning. All Scott and Cindy could do was take shelter in their car. Frpbl sat in the car so I could watch --I sat in the car so I could watch the water come up. The river kept rising. By this morning, water was spreading across Logan City. It's clear many low- lying areas have already been affected. Yesterday you could see a car parked here, but now it's disappeared. It's expected more parts of Logan will be affected like this as the floodwaters continue to move downstream. With waters yet to peak, the SES are evacuating.Back to your location with two adults, two children and a dog.The family of eight, including pregnant mum Krystal were all rescueed as floodwaters rescued their home.Have you got somewhere to go when we get back?Kim Dale told us her family faces an uncertain future. What's your biggest fear?Losing everything. I don't have insurance.All of their possessions are still in the house. I think I had a panic attack. I spent thousands of dollars on baby stuff. And had to move it all on to a -- onto a bed, hoping it didn't get wrecked.Not everyone is staying safe. These P-platers driving daifbgerously through rising floodwater. -- dangerously through rising floodwater. What did you make of your mate's actions there?A cool ride.Cool but stupid? The driver claimed he had justifications.I had to check on my grandparent. Their old and elderly.What about old mate on the back there?I was getting grip for the ute so we could stay down on the floor a bit more.It's these situations that make rescues for brave SES workers harder and more dangerous. All of those who have been saved say they owe their heroes more thanks than they can give.They're doing a wonderful job. I've been watching on the news what they've been doing. I
they've been doing. I know it's great.We'll be back with more right after the brick. -- break.
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It's almost time for us to go. We are sending our thoughts and strength to everyone battle these floods in Queensland, including the rescue workers who have done a phenomenal job. We're going to leave you with some unforgettable images from the flood scenes. Goodnight.