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(generated from captions) going to leave us for the 6 o'clock

news. For QLD viewers we will

continue. A capital city is

drowning. In a matter of hours the

Brisbane River will reach its peak.

Our reporters are in the flood zone

with families who have lost

everything. This is a special

broadcast of Nine News with Peter

Overton live from Brisbane. Good

evening from Brisbane, a city

steadily going underwater as a

flood goes through homes and

suburbs. The official death toll

has risen to 12 with the discovery

of two more bodies but the number

of missing has fallen to 51. The

Brisbane River is expected to peak

early tomorrow morning with nearly

40,000 properties to be affected.

While inland a major search and

rescue effort is gathering pace. We

gin our broadcast tonight with a

bird's eye view of the inundation.

We cross to the Nine News

helicopter which is flying over the

city. Phil, what are you seeing?

Peter, it's a remarkable sight,

we're seeing first-hand just how

this flood crisis has invaded the

very heart of the capital of

Brisbane. It's affecting so many

people in so many different ways.

Icons of this state have been

inundated. Suncorp Stadium there -

you may not be able to see the

extent of the damage but the entire

player area is covered in brown

muddy water. It's just one example

of the sort of impact that this

flood crisis has had on Brisbane

today. In so many ways we're seeing

that and in an every day way with

people moving out of their homes.

1,500 people are in evacuation

centres. We're expecting that to

swell dramatically over the next 24

hours. This is the evidence of just

how far the river is spreading

beyond its banks right into the

suburb of Milton where the famous

State of Origin matches are played.

Thank you, Phil. From the air as

you saw it's a disaster. On the

ground it's just heartbreaking. The

Brisbane River started rising last

night and just kept going up. Mark

burrows has our report. Australia's

third biggest city drowning and on

the brink. Nowhere and no time to

flee, the only way was up. Entire

loungerooms lifted on to roofs. Two

of our largest cities Ipswich and

our capital city Brisbane be goin

experience the worst natural

disaster in our history. After

watching and waiting there was a

desperate scramble to salvage

anything they could and the get

away was in the nick of time.

Initially we thought it wasn't

going to get anywhere near as high

it has. Everything that is left

we're trying to get onto the roof.

Others were also lucky. It's all

happening around us. The force in

the Brisbane River says it all. So

many boats wrecked, others washed

out to sea. Pieces of the city's

wharf broke away, water tanks were

swept down stream and debris has

littered the swollen river bank.

When you look at this what do you

think? I can't believe it. I can

see it but I cannot believe it.

Mind blowing. It's incredible.

Locals here know they're in trouble.

With the tide and the water going

down it will have to rise. That

means - there is flooding all

around the place now. It will only

get worse. It's scary. Can't think

what is going to happen tomorrow.

The flood water has cut some of

Brisbane's low lying suburbs in

half. Throughout the day roads were

lost one after another. The city

centre constantly under threat as

water crept into the CBD. Sandbags

and tarps left to guard doorways in

major office blocks. Have to try to

remain calm. It's trying but doing

the best we can. Less than a week

ago Brisbane was thriving. The

shoppers filled the streets

enjoying the post Christmas sales.

Now it's almost deyerted apart from

emergency services personnel. In

the last hour the waters have risen

half a metre. It's a vivid reminder

of how forceful this flood is and

what is to come over the next 24

hours. Supermarket shelves have

been sucked dry as residents

prepare to be stranded in their

homes. The premier is encouraging

people to rally behind the bush

spirit. We need to draw inspiration

from their resilience and courage

from the experiences they continue

to face. This afternoon the Prime

Minister visited evacuation centres.

With demand growing by the minute a

second refuge was set up at ANZ

stadium. Got a phone call saying my

house was halfway underwater. Yeah,

we ended up here. Then there are

families calling this small public

school home. We lost power and

that's when we made the move.

Around 100 animals from this RSPCA

shelter had to be rescued. Everyone

has been going nuts trying to get

them out of here and safe. Amid the

thousands packing up - perhaps a

reminder this isn't going to be a

good year. Overnight dozens worked

at makeshift Depp pos turning out

sandbags. The human machine went on

and on. Anything we can do to help

other people. For some locals it's

history repeating itself. He holds

memories of the 74 floods. More

than 2,000 streets around Brisbane

are expected to be flooded by the

early hours of the morning. QLD has

already faced some dark days and

there are dark days still ahead,

but Australia is standing with you

working with QLD to help QLD

through this crisis. Mark joins us

now live from Brisbane's South Bank.

Mark, it has been an extraordinary

day. Do we know anything about when

the waters will peak? I'm standing

at South Bank. That's a view of the

CBD behind me. The Brisbane River

is rising and running at a furious

rate. It's currently at about 4.16m

above its normal level. The peak is

expected to hit at about 4 am

tomorrow. It's expected to reach

5.5m. That is more than the

disastrous flood of 1974. They are

still saying something like 19,500

homes will be affected, 3,500

businesses and already 35 suburbs

in Brisbane have been flood

affected. Importantly, the peak

when it does hit, is expected to

hang around for clean 12 to 18

hours. A lot of harrowing hours to

come. Mark, the numbers are hard to

fathom. The flood front now hitting

Brisbane has already swamped

Ipswich with a third of the city

going under. Lizzie, can you bring

us up to date? The water behind me

here is the Bremer river which is

expected to peak in the next half

hour. There is a small shelter over

there that actually shows a marker

of where the water got to in 1974.

You won't see the exact mark but

it's roughly another 1.5m before it

reached the peak from 74. On the

other side you can see this white

building is actually the Coles

supermarket which is completely

swamped. This river has almost

reached as high as it will go. As

if the people of Ipswich hadn't

suffered enough we've been hearing

reports today of looting in Goodna

which isn't far from here. So not

good news. All of this water is on

its way to Brisbane. Ipswich is a

city divided. The town is split

north and south. I understand many

parts of Ipswich are completely

unundated. Gales and Goodna appear

particularly hard hit. Crews flying

over the area report seeing only

the pedestrian footbridge. Suburbs

became floodways overnight. It

brings a tear to the eye. We've

been here 35 years. Basicallyly

it's underwater. Gone. Houses were

almost completely submerged,

precious belongings now rubbish and

debris. Nearly 4,000 homes across

the city are underwater. The

community banding together to help

neighbours caught unprepared

desperately trying to save what is

left. No one told me to get outlast

night but I didn't - it came up

slow early. I was looking every

hour and it was only going up this

much. It was only about 4 o'clock

when it came through the door and I

thought I better get out. Others

weren't that lucky. Only got these

to wear. It's cool. Could be worse.

Last night the evacuations began.

So many families headed to the

showgrounds they had to be moved to

other centres. Inside all people

could do was try to make themselves

comfortable in the limited space.

This afternoon some residents chose

to stay behind and face an

agonising wait as the brown tide

creeps slowly towards their homes.

What it's like watching that

happen? Devastating. So many lives

lost and families homeless. In

Ipswich Lizzie Pearl, Nine News. As

the waters begin to subside in

Toowoomba, Grantham and surrounding

areas emergency services were able

to get in to search for the rising.

The death toll was risen to 12.

These people were among many

drivers stranded. The family's only

hope the rooftop of their car. I -

they called out for some ropes. I

tied them together and head out for

this car but the water kept coming

up. By the time I got near the car

it swept me off my feet. Another

stranger joined in the rescue.

Jordan, who couldn't swim wanted

them to save his younger brother

first. He put him on his back and

brought him across on the rope to

me. By that time I grabbed the boy.

Blake survived but it was too late

to save his mum and dad. He looked

at me and shook his head because we

knew there was just too much water.

There was just no time. I had to

let the rope go. He was pleading

with me shall please save my mum.

Please, please save my mum. He just

was screaming to save his mum. The

car hit a culvert and flipped. Very

sorry for himself and his family.

But we couldn't do anything more.

Also stories of bravery are tinged

with heartbreak. With seconds to

spare they hoisted their two

children to the ceiling of their

home which was filling rapidly with

water. But they never made it out.

Their bodies were found several

kilometres away. This picture of a

family desperate to escape their

sinking four-wheel-drive led to a

series of phone calls about their

welfare. The mother and child are

located and safe, the father is

unfortunately one of those on the

missing person's list. This couple

were on the missing person's list

for three days. We're here. It's a

miracle. They were feared dead as

the wall of the water hit their ute

as they fled their home. Luckily

the windows wound down. By that

time it was up to here in water.

Somehow they got out of their

vehicle and clung to a tree for

three hours. A helicopter found

them and winched them to safety. My

biggest fear was snakes. Grantham

remains closed. Police going from

home to home finding bodies. It's

still there. Relief but Ang qirb

over the town he has called home

for 20 years. It could take several

days to find those missing and the

corner has moved into the Lockyer

Valley along with counselling teams.

We still have families who don't

know where their loved ones are.

Davina, they're harrowing stories

and I guess there are many more to

come. Pete, so many people have

said it but we really do fear the

news that we'll be bringing to you

in the next couple of days. There

are so many towns where if the

roads haven't been cut but they

have been completely washed away.

Today in towns like Grantham,

they're crime scenes. We're not

allowed in. The only way to show

you what is going on is by air.

They're truly heartbreaking scenes.

Every second home was destroyed.

There was no movement, no life

except for police going from door-

to-door checking to see if anyone

was alive. Bodies have been found

inside and we know the death toll

will rise. Thank you. We're

broadcasting tonight from the QLD

capital, Brisbane. And the Brisbane

River is the focus. We're looking

at the river peaking at 5.5m some

time around 4 o'clock tomorrow

morning. Nine News called on a

digital Imam ree team to draw up a

3D map. Remember this is just a

projection. The centre of Brisbane

- water levels edging further and

further into the CBD. You can see

the botanic gardens underwater. The

eastern side of Kangaroo Point near

where I'm standing... Then east of

the highway, New Farm, a big

residential area, also expected to

be hit hard. Around Albion,

troubled by rising water. Bulimba

is also in danger. In the distance,

East Brisbane - this is only a

projection but if the depueter

calculations are right it's what

Brisbane can expect by tomorrow

morning. The river here is already

a raging torrent. Today Sara Harris

hired a boat to see the city from

the front line of the emergency.

This is the mighty Brisbane River

in all her Furey.

Everything is torn apart. To

kprehen the power of all this water

you have to feel it. Afternoony

know this is river better than most

but it's been a long time since he

has seen her this angry. That was

back in 74 when he was working with

the coastguard during the floods.

You don't remember it but it does

come back to bite you when you look

at it. This is not quite as bad yet

but don't forget we've still got

two days to go. It feels like we're

being throne around in a washing

machine. Everywhere there are

floating reminder that is just

being here is dangerous. This is

the moment when a floating

restaurant was torn from its

mooring and ripped apart. Minutes

later the mess of steel and wood

was passing our boat kilometres

down stream. This is actually low

tide but still we have to take it

slowly because these waters are

like a minefield. So far we've seen

logs, refrigerators and even a

pontoon with a boat still attached

all hur telling down the Brisbane

River like submarine missiles. A

few times our motor cuts out as it

chokes on mud and submerged trees.

Then for a brief moment there is

panic as this power boat almost

topples as it tries to flee to a

safer mooring. The Brisbane River

has held the city hostage slowly

strangling streets and homes.

Locals are mess mer riseed by her

strength. You wonder what is

underneath all of that. There are

sunken boats, steel, who knows.

We've seen water tanks. Just a big

wirl pool down the bottom there.

Anybody silly enough to go into

that would be endangering their

life. Boats that got too close were

quickly moved back. Authorities

worried she could turn on her

neighbours in an instant. As we

know, the majority of victims of

these floods are Queenslanders but

the relief effort is taking on a

truly national feel. Today members

of the NSW fire brigade flew up to

take part of the mammoth operation,

to be joined by colleagues from the

ACT, Victoria, Tasmania and South

Australia. If you would like to

help out you can donate to the

flood relief fund by calling the number:

There is much more to come in this

special flood crisis News Hour.

I'll take you on a grim inland tour.

Plus the crisis in NSW as the

Welcome back to our continuing

coverage of the floods crisis here

in QLD. The natural disaster one of

the worst in our country's history

continues to threaten the homes and

lives of thousands of people.

Earlier I went up in the Nine News

helicopter to see for myself the

scale of the disaster. This is the

swamped and battered landscape of

south eastern QLD. The towns in the

path of the flash flood that cost

lives and livelihoods. From the air

the debris and brown stain of the

disaster says it all. The ranges

west of Brisbane were already

saturated from weeks of heavy rain.

The new downpours had nowhere it go,

the ground couldn't soak it up. It

was like a giant water slide. Much

of the water is running east and is hitting Brisbane. Ipswich, though,

was in the way and hundreds of

homes were swallowed up by the

flood. Yesterday, the only water on

the streets below was raindrops but

now it's an inland sea. A rough

guess - the amount of water that

fell around Ipswich and the Lockyer

Valley would have more than filled

Sydney harbour. All that water with

an unstoppable power flowing into

the Bremer river. Further north it

was flowing into the massive

Wivenhoe dam, the capital's water

supply. The dam can't cope. It was

down to 17 per cent in the recent

drought but now it's gauged at a

whopping 190 per cent of its normal

capacity. The overflow, the water

they simply have to release is

tiering down the Brisbane River and

meeting up with the Bremer river,

two big water sources funneling

into a drinking straw - destination,

the streets and homes of the QLD

capital. While all the focus is on

QLD northern NSW is also copping it.

Jane, how nervous are people in

Grafton tonight? They breed them

pretty tough in this corner of NSW

and they're used to seeing floods

but some of the locals say they

can't remember seeing the Clarence

this high. If it gets above 8m the

levee is in trouble. But it's down

stream where communities have been

evacuated. They're on their way to

Grafton in SES boats because their

homes are already underwater. 2,000

residents in the state's north east

have been forced out of their homes

as the raging Clarence River begins

to wallow them. Residents in many

of these areas won't be going home

for days. Lost my car and house by

now. I've got my family. My husband

- he's in the SES we'll see what we

can do to help the community now.

All around this region roads and

highways are cut, isolating small

towns and homes with more than

5,000 people in total. The Pacific

Highway, the artery between Sydney

and Brisbane is now a no go zone

between Grafton and McLean. The

premier flew in to see how people

were coping. I've declared local

government areas as disaster zones.

One of them is the Clarence Valley.

That allows a range of support to

flow to these communities. Some

businesses are already losing money.

A lot of farms and crops are

buggered up. In Grafton, river side

residents are bracing themselves.

We're just waiting to see what

happens here now. I've never seen

it this high. Looking at that time,

does it worry you? Hopefully it

won't break the levee banks but if

it does... The bowling club is on

the edge? It's dangerously close.?

The peak has already exceeded

expectations. We'll just take it as

it comes. The SES has conducted at

least 30 rescues. They believe

flood warnings could be around for

weeks. We're evacuating people for

a reason based on our understanding

of the flood behaviour. We have to

allow enough time for an entire

population to move from the town so

we can't wait until the last minute.

Their biggest fear is having to

rescue more drivers. It's hard to

get people not to drive now... He

has been here for 60-odd years. He

knows what he is doing. Grafton is

poised as the Clarence River rises.

There is plenty more to come in

this special edition of Nine News

but right now take a look at some

of the amazing pictures that our

viewers have been sending to us all day.

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The flood waters stretch over south-east Queensland an their

effects are flowing right across

the nation. It doesn't matter if

you're near the crisis or not,

you're already being hit in the hip

pocket. They're already counting

the costs of this flood disaster

and it's going to be without

parallel in our history. Much

bigger than 1974 when cyclone Tracy

combined with similar Brisbane

floods, bigger even than the

Hurricane that shattered New

Orleans. That hur keen was only in

one city and one state. For

Australia this will be more

important. The financial experts

agree. The flood crisis will wipe 1

per cent from Australia's GDP,

that's $320 for every working

Australian and the cost will hit

every home. Some food prices have

begun to spiral. Brok lee is up 222

per cent. Even the price of sugar

is set to double. There is some

prospect of a reprieve for mortgage

holders with interest rate rises

expected to remain on hold.

Significantly, our biggest export

earner minerals will hiccup. The

resources are in the ground and

they'll be able to get it up but

tourism will be feeling it tough.

But not for long. The sun will come

out another day. The reef will

still be there and the beaches will

still be there. We have it tell

people that Australia is still open

for business. The big unknown is

just when that will be. On the

markets today the all ordinarys is

stronger, up 17 points. The Aussie

dollar is worth 98.5US centz. There

is a big global media team covering

this event. For a lot of us our

thoughts are about the human face

of this tragedy. For me and my crew,

many of us who are fares, it's

seeing the young children's looks

of confusion as they look to their

parents for answers to why their

houses have been up rooted off

their stumps. And then the elderly

who have lost everything, good hard

worker who have lost everything.

That's the human face of this

tragedy. That's what we all need to

remember and ring the donation time,

if you can spare a few dollars. In

the news ahead, how social

networking sites are playing a key

role in the crisis and the enormous task

Welcome back to our rolling

coverage of the QLD flood disaster.

Let's recap the main points. Sadly,

two more bodies have been found in

the Lockyer Valley bringing the

total to death 12. 5.5m is the

expected peak tomorrow morning at 4

am affecting nearly 40,000

properties. As terrible as this

tragedy is one fascinating aspect

is how it's been dominating the internet. Across Australia and

around the world so many people

have taken to Twitter and Facebook.

What can you tell us? Pete, the

response to this crisis online has

been unprecedented. Twitter and

Facebook are such a big part of the

every day media cycle but these

floods are unparalleled in terms of

size and destruction in Australian

history. With the situation

changing so quickly a lot of people

are relying on social networking

sites for information and also

using them to tell their own flood

stories and to ask for help.

Returning home the only way

possible. Outside my house on my

kyack, got to get something out.

One man's video diary of life in

the flood and there are plenty more.

In Brisbane's outer lying suburbs

this man attempts to drive to work,

stopped by flood waters at every

turn he gives up and goes home.

Others weren't deterred this man

pad Delling through murbgee waters

beside the iconic brewery at Milton.

These photos of a fast food chain

were taken in Goodna just a few

hours apart. And 2k off Fraser

island the last place you'd expect

to find a toilet block. Every photo,

every video tells a story of

survival but devastation too. The

disaster is so widespread Apple has

launched an iPhone application, QLD

floods 2011 has updates on road

closures, emergency services and

contact numbers. People are still

missing family and friends, their

desperation now lived out online.

One post reads, "I'm in South

Australia and need to find out how

family members are in Toowoomba.

Our family are Warren and Enid

Mills." And offers of help: we have

a spare empty three bedroom nous

Hendra if a flooded family needs a

place to stay. Twitter has been

flooded with messages of support.

The floods look biblical. They need

our help. A great country. Please

give. The popular topics today QLD

floods, Suncorp Stadium and pray

for Australia and boy do we need it.

With so many people affected there

is a monumental relief effort

underway to help people. Kneel from

the Salvation Army - a great many

desperate people out there, what

are the wonderful Salvos doing to

help? There has been a big effort

from government and community

organisations. Our role is to feed

the thousands of people at the

evacuation centres and help them

with meals and that kind of thing.

This size of disaster, is it

daunting for you? It is daunting.

We've had nearly 200 volunteers

helping across the region. It's a

logistical exercise getting in the

food. But thankfully companies like

Woolworths are helping with that.

What are the people asking you in

these centres? There seems to be a

strong resolve among people.

They're waiting to see what the

outcome is and to assess the damage

when they get back home. It's a

rather quiet solemn atmosphere.

Your work is not just for a few

days and nights? No, it will be

months in the recovery phase. This

is just the immediate emergency

we're dealing with. Everyone who

isn't troubled by the floods is

being so generous to you and other

organisations like the Red Cross.

What do you want to say is this All

of the organisations have been

inundated with offers of help. We

would say the best thing people

could do is give a monetary

donation, to the premier's appeal,

the Salvation Army has an appeal as

well. That gives us the flexibility

to help people now and when they

get back into their homes. Thank

you for your time. We salute you

and everyone helping out. We'll

have plenty more on the floods in

Brisbane and then today's other

news including Michael Douglas

telling of how he may have beaten

tennis. You're watching nine news

and our continuous coverage of the

QLD flood disaster. The official

death toll stands at 12 after the

discovery of another two bodies in

the Lockyer Valley. The good news

is the number of missing has been

revised down to 51 but there are

grave fears for nine people.

Tomorrow morning at 4 the Brisbane

River is due to peak at 5.5m, above

the 74 levels. Taking a quick look

at today's other news now. A a

police officer has been dragged

under a truck while working at the

scene of an earlier accident in

Homebush Bay last night. Witnesses

say the truck was being moved after

it collided with a car. The female

officer is in a critical but stable

condition in hospital. The police

crash unit is investigating. A

couple looking into euthanasia

options before their Hodder drown

kd now be idetified. A Coroner is

trying to determine whether the

death of a two-year-old was

accidental or deliberate. The court

has heard her parents spoke of

their frustration that their

daughter's disability would crush

their dreams to travel. And young

people who abuse alcohol are doing

long term damage to their brain.

Researchers have used sophisticated

imaging to show drinkers are

harming the front part of their

brain used for decision makingment

they're recruiting up to 100 people

to look at the impact of heavy

drinking on people aged 16 to 40.

Michael Douglas has opened up about

his battle with throat cancer

claiming he has beaten the disease

just five months after being

diagnosed. Would it was lousey. I

wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

The odds are that the tumour has

gone, with what I know about this

type of cancer I've got it beat. He

is due for another scan in three

months. We take a quick look at

today's sport now. Lleyton Hewitt

is building up to the Australian

Open with a win in the first round

match today. He beat one of the

world's top ranked players. Lleyton

Hewitt had his brains trust and the

boss present. After a slow start

Lleyton Hewitt found his timing. Up

against the world number 10 Lleyton

Hewitt also had luck on his side.

Before taking the first 7-5,

earlier another player was up to

his old tricks. Spectacular stuff

there. At times he wasn't sure

which way to turn. He loves to

defend. It was one of those matches,

with touches of serious play and a

whole lot of fun throne into the

French man's three-sets win. Come

on! If anyone with make a peach and

grey outfit look good it's Maria

Sharapova. Today the former world

number 1 showed off her new dress.

You be the judge! The Socceroos are

treating their Asian Cup showdown

with South Korea as a rematch.

Whoever wins this weekend will take

over top position in the Asian Cup

group. Big game, almost like a

final. Both sides want to win. It's

exciting. Socceroos concede they

won't be able to match their speed

but believe they have an advantage

in the air. Australian cricketers

are not immune to the tragic

flooding up north where many have

friends and families. In a show of

support the English side is

donating its match fees from

tonight's Twenty20 match for the

relief effort. It's important that

we real that people's lives have

been ruined. The English have

continued their dominance over

Australia in a women's

international Twenty20 in Adelaide,

winning by four wickets this

afternoon. Coverage. Twenty20 match

tonight from 7p30. Back to you

Peter in Brisbane. Good on you, Tim.

Plenty more to come in this special

edition of Nine News. I will be

talking to the Prime Minister right

here after the break but first

let's look at some of the amazing

pictures that our viewers continue

to send in to Nine News.

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19,500 home it's are expected to be

affect with 3,500 businesses...

Prime Minister Julia Gillard joins

me. Prime Minister, you've been in

Brisbane today, you came up last

night. How are they coping at the

evacuation centres. They look to

our leaders for reassurance, what

are they saying? I had the

opportunity to go there today.

They're in reMarkable - in

remarkable spirits. You would

expect them to be down and

depressed but they're all looking

after each other. There was a young

bloke called Tom who is going to

have his 18th birthday there

tomorrow. A woman from Melbourne

with a high school aged daughter,

they're on holidays but now they're

in the evacuation centre. But

they're in good spirits. The

volunteers are fantastic. Everybody

has that real spirit of let's look

after each other and get through

this. Prime Minister, there are

still more harrowing storys to come.

You will be able to get out to

Grantham and Dalby and Toowoomba to

see what is happening? I'm

certainly looking to get to

Toowoomba and Ipswich. This is a

fast moving crisis. I want it make

sure we have people visiting from

the federal government in QLD in

places like Dalby and Condamine

that are still doing it really

tough. Now they're being flooded

again. These are live pictures from

Brisbane. Can you believe it - the

heart of QLD and we're inundated.

These are absolutely remarkable

scenes. Harrowing days are still in

front of us. QLD will live through

those but we're going to be there

shoulder to shoulder. We have to

remember as Australians that it's

not just when these dramatic

pictures are on our TV screens;

Queenslanders will need our help

for months and month to come and

we'll be there. You say

Queenslanders but we have to

remember the people of Theodore and

Rockhampton and all the towns that

we were only talking about a few

days ago. This is a widespread

flood crisis. We're looking that

the water tonight but elsewhere in

QLD there has been destructive

water too. We want to remember

every person who needs our help.

There are flood waters in NSW too.

The nation is up to dealing with

this crisis. We'll get through this

and get through it together. Good

on you. Thank you. Stay with me.

Back to Lizzie in Ipswich. You have

some good news for us? That's right,

Pete. We've had confirmation that

the Bremer river has peaked at

19.5m. Unbelievably while we've

been standing here we've noticed

that the water is starting to go

down. On this telegraph pole over

here we can see how much the water

has gone down. It's amazing to

watch. Now that the water is going

down, the hundreds of homes and

businesses that were threatened

with the water rising further have

been saved. But thousands of homes

have gone under. Now that the water

is starting to go down it will be

time for people to go back to their

homes and see what the flood has

done and what can be cleaned up and

saved. The thing that struck me is

only yesterday it was raindrops on

those roads that you're standing on

now That's right. It's been amazing

today. We've seen the water come up.

It's been a beautiful sunny day.

Thankfully no more rain has fallen

and the water is starting to go

down. Good news in Ipswich tonight.

I'm glad that you could bring it to

us. That is great. Let's go to

Jaynie. She is in our Sydney

studios. Jaynie, you have all the

important weather details for us. I

do. A couple of statistics - 750mm

of rain at Maleny. That's nearly

three times the monthly average.

While the rain has eased in QLD and

northern NSW, heavy rain and storms

have been affecting areas further

inland. A severe warning for flash

flooding for western and central

districts of NSW. Heavy downpours...

For Sydney a few isolated showers

this morning mainly in the west.

Last night was our warmest in five

weeks. 95 per cent humidity with a

top of 28 degrees. The airport

recorded 65k an hour gusts. We have

a category 1 cyclone Vincent that

should bring some heavy rain to the

north-west of the country by the

weekend. In the next 24 hours we're

expecting more heavy rain alongside

this trough, widespread, 80 mm to

100 mm for western and southern NSW

tomorrow. Some places are likely to

pick up their heaviest rain in 100

years. South-east Queensland and

northern NSW should get around 5 to

10mm. It will be a mugy top of 28

in Brisbane. Rain expected for

Adelaide, Hobart and Melbourne. And

storms that could see up to 30mm.

Friday is going to be windy. Gusty

north easterly winds and a few

morning showers. Saturday another

humid one with patchy rain from

late morning. Sunday, western

suburbs should pick up the heaviest

falls but still less than about 5mm.

Then a weak south easterly change

next week so it won't be as humid.

Still warm with temperatures in the

west up in the 30s. But not much

rain coming your way next week,

Peter so at least that's something.

It is something. It's stinking hot

up here. It's humid. We're

expecting 28 degrees tomorrow as

you said. This is the focus.

Brisbane River - 4 am it's expected

to peak at 5.5m. We will be

watching and continue to bring you

rolling coverage of this

catastrophe in QLD. That's Nine

News from QLD, another day we've

seen Australians do incredible

things to help Australians in need.

I'm Peter Overton. ACA is next.

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