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TRACY BOWDEN, PRESENTER: There are dramatic scenes in Queensland tonight where flood waters are
rising faster than many expected and another entire community has been forcibly evacuated.

Condamine on the Darling Downs is the latest to become a ghost town. Further North around Bundaberg
rescuers have winched people to safety while emergency workers are racing against the clock to set
up temporary shelter in Emerald, 80 percent of the town is expected to be under water by tomorrow.

Rockhampton is also causing concern with fears it will be cut off by road and air.

The Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has been touring the devastated regions and I'll be speaking to
her shortly, but first this report from Annie Guest.

ANNIE GUEST, REPORTER: Bundaberg is a city split in two by its biggest floods in 50 years. Up to
100 homes are under brown muddy water, another 300 are at risk and scores of residents have been
forced to take shelter on higher ground.

Some in this city of 50,000 people were caught by surprise as the Burnett River peaked at almost
eight meters.

Rescuers winched this stranded couple to safety from Bundaberg's northern outskirts today. In town
restaurateurs Brett Jenson and his partner Talis Sinclair are devastated by the damage to their
business.

BRETT JENSON, FLOOD VICTIM: So much... umm, we built it up over the last nine months and...

ANNIE GUEST: The pair only bought the restaurant nine months ago and spent thousands of dollars on
renovations.

BRETT JENSON: There's the bar right there, so that's where people would be leaning to have a beer,
right where I stand now.

ANNIE GUEST: They don't qualify for flood insurance and they're still paying their staff.

BRETT JENSON: It's just completely soaked right the way through. Yeah, so we don't... we won't know
the full extent of the damage until after the floodwaters subside. So... and I don't know when
that's going to happen so we just come down daily and check on it and see how it's going. There's
nothing we can do at the moment. It's just a waiting game to wait and see and once the water starts
to go down, it will be a fair bit to clean up, yeah.

ANNIE GUEST: Bundaberg is one of eight swamped regions to receive a disaster declaration. Other
places of acute concern at the moment include Emerald and Rockhampton and surrounding towns.

On the western Darling Downs the town of Condamine has been completely evacuated today. Further
east, massive sheets of water continue to surround Chinchilla and Dalby.

The mining and agricultural centre of Emerald is bracing for its worst floods in the town's
history. 80 percent of the community could go underwater. The Red Cross has set up a shelter for
people whose homes are already underwater. The organisation's Queensland director flew over the
community today.

GREG GOEBEL, RED CROSS: Well I certainly saw a lot of water, but more importantly I see a lot of
people now queuing up, not only registering, but really getting beds and that and there's a lot of
activity in town we didn't see 24 hours ago.

ANNIE GUEST: Greg Goebel says the flooding emergency is the worst the Red Cross has dealt with in
Queensland and Emerald is causing immediate concern.

GREG GOEBEL: We're planning for 1,000 people, it's certainly going to be a squeeze and it's going
to be cramped, but we're confident that we've got the resources to house that number of people. The
issue is really going to be the unknown issue of how high the flood's going to be.

ANNIE GUEST: Outside of Emerald, farms and mines are also badly affected. Michael Roche heads the
Resources Council.

MICHAEL ROCHE, RESOURCES COUNCIL: This is unprecedented in terms of the extent of the impact on the
mining industry from the northern Bowen Basin right through to the south, so you'd be hard pressed
to find a mine in the Bowen Basin that has not been negatively impact, as well as some of the gas
operations in the Surat Basin.

ANNIE GUEST: To the east in Rockhampton, emergency workers are getting in before flooding expected
in the next few days swamps not only the town, but the airport, and with hundreds of roads cut off
by flooding across the State, emergency authorities are becoming increasingly concerned about food
supply. They've met food retailers to find a way to get groceries into isolated areas.

BRUCE GRADY, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT QUEENSLAND: We're talking with them about opening up different
supply chains to be able to move food to the north and then use that as a point of distribution
into inland. We might have to look at some creative ways of doing that. We many have to look at
moving product by sea, by plane. So there's a whole range of planning that's currently going on.

ANNIE GUEST: The total cost of the damage and lost productivity caused by the floods across central
and southern Queensland is expected to run into several billion dollars and as evacuations continue
in many places, more residents returned home in areas like Dalby today. But Greg Goebel from the
Red Cross says this is when the heartache really begins.

GREG GOEBEL: A number of people are returning home and, of course, that's when the second wave
really hits them. They get back and they see what's happened to their properties and the clean up
in front of them and for some people, particularly the elderly, it's a really daunting prospect and
requires a lot of help.

TRACY BOWDEN: Annie Guest with that report, and if you'd like to make a donation to those affected
by the floods you can contact the Queensland Premier's flood relief appeal on 1800 219 028.