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kieds Guides and listen to ABC

local radio as the situation is

changing very quickly. A quick

recap of tonight's flood crisis. A

has been declared a disaster

zone. Brisbane is facing a

flood threat equal to or worse

than 1974. The Lockyer Valley

to the west of Brisbane is the

worst hit - nine people worst hit - nine people are

dead, 59 are missing. And the

Darling Downs is bracing for another round of flooding, the

second inundation since Christmas.

latest from ABC News here in

Queensland. Stay with us for a

special edition of the '7:30

Report', with Scott Bevan.

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flood waters cut a deadly path - the shock and horror as

through Queensland. We cross to

Grantham, one of the small communities left devastated by

what's been described as an

inland tsunami. I just hit,

like it rose in 20 feet in

under two minutes. One minute there's nothing

there's nothing and the next

minute it's up the railway

line. We are going to need so

much help to get this place

cleaned up. It's a great

community and a lot of good

people. This Program is Captioned

Live. edition of the 7:30 Report,

coming to you tonight from Brisbane. I'm Scott Bevan. Queensland is

experiencing one of its darkest

hours, with the flood crisis

taking another deadly turn. The

death toll from that wall of

water that tore through

Toowoomba and the Lockyer

Valley stood at 6 this morning

but that number has steadily

climbed during the day. Scores

of people are still missing and a major search and rescue

operation is under way. And

each hour brings more

developments. Tonight the

floods have reached the

capital, Brisbane. Residents are fleeing low and a major evacuation centre

has been set up. Shortly, we

will cross thrive the Queensland deputy Police Commissioner, Ian Stewart, for

the latest. But first this

report from Peter

The morning mist reveals the

first images of a town reduced

to a sodden ruin. The water at

Grantham is receding, but authorities are only just

beginning to understand the extent of the devastation. We have a Lockyer Valley region. No-one situation in the Toowoomba and

really knows how many people died in the so-called inland died in the so-called inland

yesterday discovered tsunami. TV helicopters

of three trapped in a car, en

gulfed by a raging inland sea

and scores of people missing . Rescue workers are and scores of people remain

having trouble even getting here, let alone searching the more remote properties of

Queensland's Lockyer Valley. We are finding it very difficult to get these teams out and

deployed because of the

change ing water system. They change weather. And the constantly

are however as I said ready to

deploy into that region as soon

as we see any of this weather

lift. It was a freak of nature that triggered such an

extraordinary event. Although

lasting minutes, the flash flood at Toowoomba was captured

on mobile recorders by those

people lucky enough not to be

directly in the path of the deluge. It was like a wall of

water and I have a falcon ute

and there were seven of eight

cars and it smashed together

and the last I saw it going

down. The rain storm wasn't down the creek bobbing up and

that exceptional on appearance

in radar and satellite but it

did cover a fairly large

the weather bureau explains area. The regional director of

that up to 150mm of rain may

have fallen in 30 minutes,

which is rare but not unprecedented. Oh my goodness! What made this unprecedented. Oh my

downpour so devastating was the

fact that the ground was

already water logged, and the

angle at which the storm hit the Great Dividing situated where it is, Lockyer Creek immediately underneath

the range, it all came together. Emergency services

did reach the township of did reach the

Grantham later today. And began

night evacuating those who spent a

night literally hanging on for their lives. Stood on the roof of that building behind me and

watched it, watched the cars

float down the road, watched

the houses floated down the

road, watched the massive

amounts of debris. Up on the

range, the situation is more

mess, the city is not expecting

any more fatalities. But many

people are still traumatised. I

am still shaking now. If you

look at the films, if you look

at whated, we could have lost a

individual people, the bravery lot more people. The bravery of

of our emergency services

people that really save many,

34 people through this major events. There's no doubt that

different sort of disaster. And we are now in I think a very

what it is doing is testing our

emergency response and it will

test us as communities and as

people. This is a natural disaster with no template. With

expert projections changing

every couple of hour,

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh

held a media conference late

last night and three further

updates today. The politician

clearly moved by the enormity

challenges ahead. This weather of the tragedy and the

I think is - it might be

our will. What we have out moment breaking our hearts at the

there on the front line are

some of the best trained people

in Australia. And they are

going to protect these

communities and we are going to

make sure we keep

everybody that we can as safe as humanly possible. Peter

McCutcheon with that report. Amazing survival are coming to light report. Amazing stories of

out of the Lockyer Valley, as

some flood waters recede. ABC

reporter Paul Lockyer is in the

snal town of Grantham and he

spoke to residents about their

harrowing ordeal and filed this report. This little sandy Creek that runs

through Grantham, but as you

can see now it's a massive,

still a massive body of water.

But nothing like what it yesterday. Through here came a

torrent up to 7m deep, a torrent that couldn't be

stopped not by Grantham or by

any community around here. And

what it has left here is a

trail of destruction that is

more like a cyclone or a

typhoon hit this town and with

me now are a couple of me now are a couple of the survivors. First, Linda Weston,

what did what did you experience? Terrified. Just

houses exploding, houses floating past with people in

it, massive big boat, big shipping containers, the debris

was just too much and to see

people screaming out on roofs

to get help has just been

horrible. I wouldn't ask for

anyone 20 go through this. This is so bad. This is

terrible. It's just not

good. And then people got

saved off their loof roofs and the debris, you could build another house with all the

debris under my house. The house across my house is washed

up against trees. Their handmal s died, couldn't save It's just too much. We're going

to need so much help to get

this place cleaned up, it's a

really great community and really great community and a

lot of good people. I am just

flad a lot of us are safe. -

glad a lot of us are safe. It's

scary and hard. But they still

don't know how many people

might be in these

houses? There's people in houses an cars, there they are

not going to find no-one until

this water goes down. Now the

water is up again, I've looked

down the back from the school

and that is probably running I

think on the second

I can see and that is 14 steps

high which is nearly 7.5 high which is nearly 7.5 feet

high. So if it goes under there, it will be go higher

than 74 d - '74 floods. It's

still rein bug nothing like

yesterday. What was it like the moment that torrent hit the town? I

town? I came back from town

within five minutes of bringing my war yard and five minutes to get

back to my house, the water was

up to my waist. I had to get

upstairs an that was it. You couldn't save nothing Tied the trail tore the house,

it didn't float a way. But you

couldn't do nothing else and

just kept yelling out to your

friends to see if they were OK

on the other houses. That is

the communication people had.

Just yelling from one house to

the other to see who needed

help. And cars just floating past. Boats worth $70,000,

it's amazing >>m and a big

concrete tank that took the pub

out. Wiped it out. There's no

cold beer anymore! Thank you

and across the Rob Wilkin. I

think you had a massive story

to tell when you were - what

happened to your house? It got

swept off its stumps and it's

about 300m down the road now.

And everything with it. Tell us

about the strength and the

volume of the water ta, torrent

that hit here? When I first

heard about it I seen it

across the farm, a five-foot

wall of water. I managed to

tell a couple of people and

drop them at the railway line.

I was troped there, I o ended

up in me boat and released

it We started floating and I

saved four people and couldn't

get anyone else. We ended up

getting to the railway line

before the boat motor stopped and just watched everything

elser - everyone else floating

by and screaming out for help. You and your brother were saying you could hear people in

the houses screaming for help? You could hear them and

see them floating past on their cars

cars and hanging on cars and hanging on to there's.

You couldn't do anything,

trying to run up the railway

line with your kids and someone

else's kids and the water is lapping at your ankles. It's

relatively calm now but can you describe what that torrent was

like when it came through here? How do you describe it? I don't know. I don't think words for it. I just hit. I

rose 20 feet in under two minutes. One minute there's nothing and you're standing

there and the next minute it's

up the railway line. I had

seven minutes to try to get me

kids of the railway line and a

couple of other people. It was

just unbelievable. What is the

sense in this community now?

What are people feeling after

this dreadful tragedy? Despair and describe any of it, unfortunately. And, Linda,

from your part, when you think

about what's happened to this

community, how do you describe

what this community

through now? This is a strong

community, it really is. A lot

of people will support each

other like they're doing now.

But we are just going to need

more help for cleaning up. That

is basically what is going to

be all about. If everyone stays

strong with what's happened

now, we will be fine. Just a

bit of extra help will go long way. But still the rain

keep s coming We had no rain

two years ago and now we two years ago and now we have

too much rain. You just

be strong and keep going. That

is the Australian way. Linda

Weston, rob Wilkin, thank

taskforce talking to the snofrmt Thank you. Thank you.

For the latest information we

cross thrive the emergency management centre in Brisbane

to speak to the Queensland Deputy Police Commissioner, Ian Stewart. Deputy Stewart. Deputy Commissioner.

What are the latest figures in

regard to those confirmed dead

and those missing? Scott, yes,

good evening and thank

have nine confirmed dead. There

are two other cases that we're

looking into. One of those is

at Gatton, the other one is

down in the Marburg area. But at this stage we're sticking to

the number of nine. There are

59 persons still missing. 15 f

those we have grave fears continuing to hamper rescue

operations and your efforts to

reach those who may need

rescuing? Look, that's been one of the

of the real difficulties for us today. Obviously we wanted to

get as many of our people Naz

as we could, police and

emergency service personnel,

specialist personnel, but as we've said right throughout

this event, ever since we

started, personal safety is our

primary concern. And that

personal safety also goes to the rescuers, the rescuers, the 167ers, our emergency services personnel.

So today we've had to defer

putting large numbers of police

and emergency services particularly the Murphies Creek and emergency services into

areas and unfortunately whilst

we have had some police in

Grantham, we haven't been able

to access all of the homes in

that area yet. Just how frustrating is that for

yourself and for your

officers? Look, just when you

think it can't get any worse,

that is exactly Nature has been throwing at us

over the last 48 hours. What

level are you preparing for for

what could that mean for the the Brisbane River to reach and

number of properties that will be inundvern inundated? The

modelling for the flood event

in the Brisbane area is

ongoing. And it's ongoing

because it's changing almost on an

an hourly basis. Certainly our preparations are in conjunction

with the local disaster

management group headed by the Brisbane city Brisbane city council. And we

are preparing for levels higher

than the 1974 event. The

challenge for everyone in this is

is that, whilst there are great

flood map force 1974 event and

a lot of modelling has been

done since then, Brisbane is a

far different town to what it

was in 1974 and for that matter

right up through the Brisbane

River around the associated

Bremer system into Ipswich, there have been over those 30-odd-plus

years. Is it a case that mother

nature just keeps beating

everybody because in spite of

all the technology

of the projection it seems as

toe thoe the predictions an

projections just keep changing and changing for the worse? Certainly the rain

events that have been occurring

rite throughout these last few

weeks have amazed everyone. And

as I said, just when you think

it can't get any worse, yesterday. And the ongoing an event like Toowoomba

issues in the Lockyer Valley. In spite of your extensive through your heart and your experience, what is coresing

head when you deal with what

you are coping with right now

and what what you may be facing

in the days ahead? Like every emergency service professional,

I am just completely focussed on the job at hand. Ensuring

the safety of the public of Queensland,

try and minimise the risk of

damage and loss of life. Deputy

Commissioner, Ian Stewart,

thank you so much for your time thank you so much for your

tonight. Thanks, Scott. As

Ministered before - mentioned

before the crisis has now

Authorities are warning that reached the Queensland capital.

Brisbane faces its worst

flooding in living memory.

9,000 homes and businesses now face flooding over the next few days, another 30,000 properties could be more than 2,000 people are

expected to spend the night at

an evacuation centre. This is

is a crisis shaping up to be

even greater than 1974 flood

that brought the city to its

niece an residents are being niece an residents are

advised not to panic. John

Taylor reports. The city of

Ipswich is nearly 100km away

from yesterday's extraordinary

flash flood. But it cess still

feeling the effects of the

deluge. Residents are quueg up

for sandbags. We is a have a

sunken laundry and that is

going under. We've got a lot of

back water coming up from the river. Last night, authoritiers

are saying the advancing water could only flood could only flood a handful of properties. But this unfolding

disaster is becoming

increasingly difficult to predict. It's '74 since our last flood.

last flood. I never thought I

would see that again, by was

wrong. The water inundating

this regional city is making

its way into the Brisbane

River, a sleeping giant with a

history of enormous floods. That history brought to an end with the

construction of the Wivenhoe

Dam in the late 1970s. A

massive engineer ing feat designed to effectively flood proof Brisbane but the dam is

facing ing its biggest test

yet. I say to all residents in

the Brisbane, Ipswich the Brisbane, Ipswich and

Lockyer Valleys for those of

you who can please listen to radio rorkts we will be

updating people throughout the

day, it is a constant ly changing situation. Yesterday

the dam was 40% over its optimal supply capacity. Today

the figure is closer

authorities have to increase

releases into the Brisbane

River, even if that creates

flooding downstream. I stress

that the releases being made from Wivenhoe Dam are not

opthsal, there is no discretion

here. This is how this dam

operates. We need to make sure

that we protect people down

this river system by operating

the dam safely and appropriately. Are There are

6,500 properties that will be

flooded. Those are a mix of commercial and residential flood plaivern. And all the

water in - plain and all the

water in the river and the creek tance rain has to go

somewhere. On top of flooded

homes, another 16,000,500 property also feel the effects

of flooding. In terms of

affected people, I think the

significant figure is in the

that I mentioned further, the affected flooded properties

6,500, there are about 14,000,00 people we believe

we're - 14,900 people will be

affected. So the situation is

very serious. This is changing situation. So much so

that since that press

conference it's now estimated

9,000 homes could be flooded. No-one was predicting this even yesterday. this even yesterday. And the warnings are very serious for

those Brisbane residents

bracing for flooding. Those are the people of primary concern

at the current time. Those

people should take immediate

action to safe precious personal effects, family

records, family artefact, items

of furniture and I'd ask people to assist

who are affected in those

areas. For businesses, similar

way. Low lying parts of

Brisbane are preparing for the deluge. Sand bags may not be

able to toldhold back the full

force of nature but with a bit

of planning residents are

hoping to minimise the

damage. You can only do

something so much kbru bu you

have to try to keep the water

out. In relation to the

Brisbane and Ipswich area and

the Wivenhoe catchment, I am

news this afternoon. Ipswich afraid we have

and Brisbane are now facing

their greatest threat and their

toughest test in more than 35 years. Further north at

Caboolture, the gateway to the

Sunshine Coast, authorities are

advising people in low lying

areas to evacuate. Justin Dave

ition and his son have not

choice but to leave as the

Caboolture River takes over

their neighbourhood. There's a

lot of water going in the

house. How fast has it come

up? It's come in real quick.

There was a little the road. Beleft for 15

minutes, and by the time we

come back it was up at the

house. Are where are you going to go now? Higher ground

somewhere. I haven't been here

long. I don't know where

ground is but I've been trying long. I don't know where higher

to find it. For weeks now,

residents of the south-east

have been witnessing such scene

z in other communities ash the

State. No it's their homes. And

there's little they can do to

save their belongings. We

can't. We haven't the time. We just have to cut our losses and

go. It is neither here nor

there. We're safe. A lot of

people aren't. Leaving for

Kathryn Weston and her husband

is not easy but inside

strangers who didn't want their

names made public were helping

to salvage what they could. You don't even know

these people? That doesn't matter who you help. If

someone needs a hand, give them

a hand. If you have the time,

give them a hand. Taylor with that report.

Joining me now is the

Queensland Emergency Services

Minister, Neil Roberts. Minister, thanks so much for your

Premier has warned that

Brisbane and Ipswich are facing

its greatest threat and tough

est test in nor than 35 years.

From your perspective can off

give us the scale of the test

that you face? The modelling

shows us that both Ipswich and

Brisbane will be experiencing

flood levels equal or great

tore the 1974 floods. So appropriate information is

being provided to both of those

communities and I really do urge people who are watching

necessary precautions now. This and listening to take the

is a very significant and

serious event and we need

people particularly in those

low lying areas to pay heed to

the public messaging that's

going out and to appropriate action to either going out and to take

evacuation or Mo their goods and possessions to higher ground. How much of Brisbane

are we talking about? How many suburbs? How many home? Potentially thousands homes so again the clear

message is people need to stay

tuned to their radio and

television, to get the latest

advice. This is a moving feast. The bureau and the modelling showing that these peak also

arrive tip switch area tonight

and into tomorrow and in

Brisbane late tomorrow and into

Thursday. So there's already

flooding in low lying areas, people are already moving out. But we do

But we do need people to take

appropriate steps now. Rather than leaving it too late.

Paying attention to the

warnings, taking action now, can mean life and death in some

cases. When you say appropriate

steps, can you tell us more?

What do you mean? Moving to

higher ground, some people will need to move into evacuation centres which are centres which are being

established. But importantly we

want people to look after their

neighbours, to knock on the

door of elderly people or

people in need in their

communities. This is a time for

the community to pull together and again the message needs to be listened to the radio,

listened to television, pay

heed to the information and

warnings that have been given. Minister, with those

sort of figures you just vote

quoet adds to many homes could be affect and

the fact this flood may rewrite

history here, how will the

emergency services coping? How

do you believe they will cope snai>>'re coping under very

difficult circumstances. We have a police emergency

services personnel, SES Col tears, we have support from

other States. We're making sure

as much as humanly possible

that people are relieved and

extra resources are put into

those communities which need

it. So at this stage the system

and the emergency response is

working well. But of course

of strain on individuals and

the system, but we're coping but

but we have had significant

office of support from interstate and we're taking

those up and those people are moving into Queensland as we

speak and in the next couple of

days. What sort of horses fo

relevance are ing in and where are they coming from? NSW,

Victoria, SA. We've got people

from New Zealand, both SES

personnel, police personnel,

Queensland fire and rescue,

swift water rescue teams from

NSW, et cetera. So considerable we're very grateful for that

and we need it. What sort of

numbers are you talking about

there, Minister? Literally

hundreds. This is an event

which has been going for some

time, it's expected to go for a time, it's expected to go for a considerable period beyond this. So fatigue management is

a drable issue to which a lot of attention is being paid. Is

this a case that not even the

authorities saw this coming, or at least the pace at which it's

come because the projections

even as late as this morning

didn't suggest the river level

tance potential numbers of homes that could that we're now contending

with? We're act tong best advice possible from the Bureau

of Meteorology, but this is a

moving feast. For example, in

the Toowoomba and Gatton

areaid, there were predictions

of very severe storms however

we had a freak event, which put

a wall of water through

Toowoomba, and then down into the Lockyer Valley. These

things will happen from time to time. But the Bureau of Meteorology has been providing

very good expert advice to the disaster management system

right across Queensland, and that advice has been acted change very, very quickly and

we of been see ing that with

recent rain events, we expect

that to happen in the future

days as well. The important message to communities Queensland is to community to

be vigilant and to continue

listening to radio and

television bulletins. And we

are also using the emergency

alert system to get timely

advice where that is humanly

possible to communities as

well. The clear advice is pay

heed to us it, act upon it, it

could mean the difference

between life and death. Further

to your advice there, the

Premier earlier advised the public remain patient. Given this is

changing so dramatically and so

quickly and seemingly for the

worst, how big an ask is it worst, how big an ask is it for

the public to heed by the

Premier's words? It is important advicetor people important advicetor people to

say attention to the messages

but it's also important for

them to remain calm. But to act

on the advice that's given. We

need people to listen as I've

said clearly to those messages.

We will getting messages out

through the emergency alert

system but the primary source

source of advice will come

through radio and tele vision

bulletins: We do need people to

pay attention, don't panic but

take action because it take action because it could be

critical in some situations. We saw earlier a woman in the

community of Grantham, in Paul

Lockyer ease report, saying her

community will need a lot of

help to recover in effect and

to remayor. Given that to remayor. Given that this

disaster has now been going in

this State in so many areas of

this State for some weeks and

it's far from over yet, how

confident are you that your government along with Canberra

can provide the sustained help

that will be so sorely needed? We are confident. We've

got substantial support from the Federal Government. Obviously both financially and

through resources such as the

Australian Defence Force. We

have at our disposal considerable resources from the Australian Defence Forcesant

other State agencies insteed

Deed from other State as I've

indicated. As I have indicated

earlier this is certainly

putting our emergency services

response agencies under a lot of pressure. But we are

confident that we can manage it

with the support

But as you point out, the long

road to recovery can is

something which is really

significant. There is planning

already under way to ensure

that that recover y phase is managed well. And we're

confident that it can be with

the spr of the Commonwealth Government which we are receiving. Thank you for your

time this evening, Minister. Thank you. That's

the program for tonight. We will be back at the same time

tomorrow but for now goodnight.

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