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Brisbane Live at Work: Tuesday, January 29

Billy Mitchell gets some supplies over to the Mary St watering hole in Gympie.

Stranded on top of a Gympie pub without access to necessities such as KFC, ice and cigarettes due to the flooding in Mary Street below - this pair hatched a plan. Read full report here Photo: Craig Warhurst/The Gympie Times Photo: Craig Warhurst/The Gympie Times

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Cameron Atfield: That's a wrap on our 24-hour coverage of ex-cyclone Oswald. It's been a massive sleep-deprived few days for all of us here at BT, but we've been privileged to be able to keep you informed and humbled by your overwhelming response to our coverage.

Here's hoping Mother Nature can give us all a break for the foreseeable future!

Brisbane Live at Work will be back tomorrow later on today. See you then!

Marissa Calligeros: Here’s where the Bruce Highway has been cut by flooding:

Federal: Bruce Highway
The Old Bruce Highway is Closed to all vehicles due to flooding.

Gin Gin: Bruce Highway/Mulgrave Street/Maryborough Gin Gin Road
Highway is flooded between Currajong Creek and Gin Gin.

Gympie: Bruce Highway
Highway at Inglewood Bridge (Deep Creek) in Gympie is closed to all vehicles due to flooding.

Kybong: Bruce Highway
The highway at Kybong is open to light vehicles only. Proceed with caution.

Miriam Vale: Bruce Highway
The highway between Miriam Vale and Gin Gin is closed to all vehicles due to road damage. Please delay travel to these areas.

Marissa Calligeros: Teams trained to find earthquake victims are waiting to sweep flood-bound homes in Bundaberg amid fears elderly or disabled people could be trapped.

The four urban search-and-rescue teams will soon be deployed to the flood-hit sugar town, where 2000 homes and 200 businesses have been inundated, leaving 7500 residents displaced.

Cameron Atfield: The Logan River might be peaking, according to the Bureau of Meteorology's Jonty Hall, who said it had reached 14.16 metres at Logan Village and 8.9 metres at Waterford.

"It's been gradually rising up to 1.10am, but we couldn't say for sure yet whether it's peaked," he said.


Tony Moore: As Queensland counts the cost of its second major flood in as many years, figures have come to light revealing the state has the greatest percentage of residents without flood insurance.

A survey used in the Industry Advisory Group's June 2012 submission to the Productivity Commission’s review of each state's response to natural disasters showed almost 40 per cent of Queensland homes were not insured against floods, despite the state's disasterous experience in 2010-11.

Marissa Calligeros: In the grip of the worst flooding on record in the central Queensland city of Bundaberg, thousands of residents may be stranded in evacuation centres for days, anxious over the state of their homes.

Hit with the worst of Queensland's flooding, more than 2000 homes and 200 businesses in the sugar town have been inundated, leaving 7500 residents displaced

Marissa Calligeros: The 28-year-old Buderim woman critically injured in a two-vehicle crash at Beerwah this afternoon has passed away in Nambour General Hospital.

Her partner, also aged 28, remains in a critical condition in the same hospital.

Marissa Calligeros: Energex hopes to have power restored to the majority of homes in the following suburbs by 6am tomorrow (Wednesday, January 30):

  • Advancetown
  • Alexandra Hills
  • Beechmont
  • Beechmont
  • Beerburrum
  • Benobble
  • Binna Burra
  • Booroobin
  • Boyland
  • Burpengary
  • Burpengary East
  • Caboolture
  • Camp Hill
  • Capalaba
  • Chelmer
  • Chuwar
  • Clagiraba
  • Cleveland
  • Coorparoo
  • Crohamhurst
  • Deception Bay
  • Diddillibah
  • Eagle Heights
  • Eerwah Vale
  • Elimbah
  • Eumundi
  • Graceville
  • Greenbank
  • Guanaba
  • Herston
  • Highvale
  • Holland Park West
  • Jimboomba
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Kholo
  • Kiels Mountain
  • Lake Manchester
  • Logan Central
  • Lower Beechmont
  • Maleny
  • Maudsland
  • Moorooka
  • Mount Crosby
  • Mount Gravatt
  • Mount Nathan
  • Mount Nebo
  • Mount Tamborine
  • Muirlea
  • Nathan
  • New Beith
  • Norman Park
  • North Tamborine
  • Ormiston
  • Palmwoods
  • Peachester
  • Rocklea
  • Rosemount
  • Russell Island
  • Samford Valley
  • Sherwood
  • Tarragindi
  • Upper Coomera
  • Wights Mountain
  • Witheren
  • Wonglepong
  • Woodridge
  • Woombye
  • Yeerongpilly
  • Yeronga

Marissa Calligeros: Great news for the people of Flagstone - Teviot Road has been re-opened.

More than 1000 residents became isolated when Teviot Road was cut by floodwaters today.

The Mount Lindesay Highway remains cut near Camp Cable Road at Jimboomba.

Marissa Calligeros: German backpacker Simone Haffner, who is stranded in a Bundaberg evacuation centre, is missing home now more than ever.

She said her hostel was evacuated on Saturday and her car had been flooded.

"I never thought it could happen to me ... I miss home now more than before, but it's OK," she told the ABC.

Marissa Calligeros: The lower level of the home of Cheryl Edler and her partner James Gaffney has flooded.

Their Waterford home is understood to be the only property to have flooded in Logan so far.

But the couple are keeping high spirits on their verandah, drinking rum and cola and watching the river rise, the ABC's Tom Forbes says.




Marissa Calligeros: Waterford West resident Russell Leneham says he is surprised the water has risen so high in Logan.

"In the 2011 floods, the water just touched on the road further down, where as now it is probably covering it now to about four, four-and-half to five feet," he's told ABC radio.

Marissa Calligeros: Logan flood watch:

There are about 1000 residents in Flagstone, about eight kilometres west of Jimboomba, isolated by rising floodwaters, with the Mount Lindesay Highway and Teviot Road now cut.

The Mount Lindesay Highway has been cut by floodwaters near Camp Cable Road at Jimboomba.

Logan residents are anxiously watching the Logan River tonight, which is expected to peak at a major flood level of nine metres at Waterford about 1am.

Fortunately, the Larry Story Bridge at Waterford is 11 metres high.

So far, there's been only one Logan house inundated by floodwaters, but authorities are keeping a close watch on about 50 homes on Webb Road in Loganlea and Bompa Road in Waterford West. 

"We mainly have water lapping in people's backyards at this stage," a council spokeswoman says.

"But we're watching the river very closely."

Marissa Calligeros: Justin Poulus, from Queensland Urban Utilities, says the Mt Crosby treatment plant is partially back online.

‘‘It is starting to produce good high quality water again and that is feeding into the network and ... that means it is now very unlikely that we would be going to lose supply to suburbs,’’ he told ABC radio.

‘‘It's still a possibility, because the plant's not fully recommissioned yet, but as every hour ticks past the likelihood of anyone losing supply diminishes.’’

Cameron Atfield: Police are searching for the driver of a vehicle that was found fully submerged in flooded Sandy Creek off Woodlands Road at Glen Cairn, near Gatton, this afternoon.

They think the vehicle, a white 1997 Mitsubishi Magna sedan, was being driven by 25-year-old man travelling from Gatton to Mulgowie for work about 5am Sunday.

Police are also searching for a man, 34, who was travelling from Gatton to Mulgowie in a silver 1993 Toyota Camry (rego 425-RWU) at about the same time, but failed to arrive.

"It is not known if the men were known to each other or were travelling in convoy. Late this afternoon the Mitsubishi Magna was extracted from Sandy Creek," police said in a statement.

Police and SES crews commenced a search and rescue operation in the area this afternoon.  Information to Policelink on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers.

Marissa Calligeros: Authorities say it is now unlikely Brisbane will run out of water tonight.

However, there is still a possibility the suburbs of Tarragindi, Camp Hill, Carina North, Mt Gravatt, Tingalpa, Rocklea, Oxley, could run dry.

Marissa Calligeros: Seqwater is testing processing facilities at the Mt Crosby Water Treatment Plant tonight and is hopeful town water will be flowing freely again tomorrow.

‘‘Council has been advised that Seqwater has commenced a trial restart of the production of potable water,’’ Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said.

‘‘The quality of this initial water is very high and they are hopeful that full production of potable water will recommence tomorrow.’’

The treatment plant had to be shut down because of excess sediment in the water.

Marissa Calligeros: Two more Brisbane suburbs have been added to the list of those that might lose water tonight:

  • Tarragindi
  • Camp Hill
  • Carina North
  • Mt Gravatt
  • Tingalpa
  • Rocklea
  • Oxley.

Marissa Calligeros: There's a high tide expected in Brisbane at 11pm, the bureau says.

It's expected to be well below two metres, as evening high tides generally are.

There will another high tide in Brisbane at 11am tomorrow. The Brisbane City gauge reached 1.98 metres at 10.52am today, well below the predicted peak of 2.2 metres, much to the relief of residents and business owners alike.

Marissa Calligeros: The Logan River at Maclean Bridge peaked at 18.39 metres this afternoon. It had fallen to 18.29 metres by 6pm, according to the weather bureau.

But the river is still rising at Waterford. It's expected to peak there this evening at 9 metres - the highest level since 1991.


Marissa Calligeros: The Burnett River at Bundaberg peaked at 9.53 metres at 7pm.

Authorities do not expect the river to rise any further, but it could take three days for the floodwater to recede, Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Jonty Hall says.

There are 7500 people displaced in the central Queensland sugar town.

Cameron Atfield: An astronaut's-eye-view of Bundaberg, from Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.


Cameron Atfield: Oh, just another photograph of the floods. From SPACE.


Marissa Calligeros: Energex crews are working into the night to restore power to 79,000 homes and business across the southeast.

So far, power has been restored to 150,000 properties across the region.

If you’re still in blackout, but you’re neighbours have power that might be due a localised issue. Energex says your neighbour could be being supplied by different part of the network.

Tree loppers will be working with Energex crews until 10pm to help speed-up the restoration.

Cameron Atfield: Another photograph from Commander Chris Hadfield on the International Space Station:

Amelia Birnie, 4BC: Rumours of contamination risks for the Brisbane water supply are not true.

However, a number of suburbs are at risk of running out of water sometime tonight:

  • Carina North
  • Mt Gravatt
  • Tingalpa
  • Rocklea
  • Oxley


Marissa Calligeros: The Bruce Highway is blocked at Miriam Vale stopping motorists travelling to Gin Gin, the ABC reports.

Cameron Atfield: Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is in orbit on board the International Space Station.

He Tweeted (from space!) his view of the Queensland floods. Ain't that something.

Cameron Atfield: Fire-fighters on the Gold Coast were kept busy this afternoon with reports that Q1 was on fire.

But there's no alarm, according to a spokewoman, who said it was just humidity steaming off the face of Australia's tallest building (and before Eureka Tower fans complain, I'm including the spire!).

The ABC's Tom Forbes tweeted this photograph:

Tony Moore: Here is a message for tomorrow – buy your bottled water early.

Supermarkets across Brisbane has just sold out of bottled water after Premier Campbell Newman asked for people to conserve their tap drinking water this afternoon.

We’ve spoken to Coles and Kenmore and West End, which both reported sell-outs.

"People have been buying it like crazy out here," Gabriella Castro, the Kenmore store's shift supervisor said.

And Fairfax Radio 4BC breakfast presenter Mary Collier took this photograph at Coles New Farm.

Empty shelves at Coles

Empty shelves at Coles Photo: Mary Collier, 4BC

Katherine Feeney: Meanwhile residents with medical problems at Logan who have been cut off by floods and fallen debris are being assisted by the SES.

"We're looking at a medical evacuation out there at the moment," a spokeswoman said. "These are people who are running low on medication or people who need a refill - people with a heart condition for whom it's best not to be stuck in their home."

We're keeping an eye on the region ahead of a historic flood peak forecast to hit later tonight...

Katherine Feeney: The SES is currently door-knocking in Alberton area of the Gold Coast amid fears some homes will be affected by rising flood waters. The Gold Coast City Council has updated their flood maps to show residences at risk. For all enquiries contact Council's Disaster Hotline on 1800 606 000.

Tony Moore: Meanwhile, the Qantas flight B737-800 from Brisbane toTownsville that was diverted to Rockhampton this afternoon, landed safely around 3.30pm, after it was revealed the aircraft was not maintaining its normal cabin pressure. Engineers are examining the aircraft in Rockhampton and a replacement aircraft is now flying passengers to Townsville.

Simon O'Brien: About 100,000 southeast Queensland homes were still without power as of 5pm.

About 270 power lines also remain down across the region.

For more information visit the Energex website.

Katherine Feeney: A message just in from the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Andrew Cripps for all Queenslanders affected by power shortages: 

“We are aware that ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald has impacted large parts of the state leaving people without power and the use of normal electric appliances,” he said.

“We are urging affected Queenslanders to check any gas appliance before use and follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions closely for their safety.

“Please remember that portable gas appliances are not designed to be used indoors..."

Wise words indeed. 


Bridie Jabour: Should people have to pay for their own rescues if they don't self evacuate?
Former Queensland Department of Community Safety director-general Jim McGowan thinks people who don't obey a mandatory evacuation should contribute to some of the cost of the rescue. He also thinks people who drive through floodwaters should be fined or punished in some other way. Food for thought.

Katherine Feeney: Back to school tomorrow for some schools, as others remain closed. Here's the latest from the education department - worth a look before the morning rush...

Simon O'Brien: The St Vincent de Paul Society has launched a Queensland flood appeal and is seeking financial donations, each dollar of which will go to those directly affected by the severe weather.

To make a donation to the Queensland Flood Appeal, visit, call 13 18 12 or send your donation to PO Box 3351 South Brisbane, QLD 4101.

Amy Remeikis: The Sunshine Coast wants you to know that it is open for business.

Most of the damage from the wet weather which hit the region over the Australia Day long weekend - including a small tornado in Mooloolaba - has been cleaned up.

The airport is open, the Bruce Highway is open and main arterial roads are flowing like normal.  Trains are working from Brisbane to Caboolture - but you will have to bus it between Caboolture and the Sunshine Coast.

Still - good news!

Scott Beveridge: Here are some more dramatic pictures from today at Bundaberg.

The AGL Action Rescue Helicopter rescuing dozens of people from rooftops as vulnerable people in hospitals and nursing homes are airlifted to Brisbane.

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Dozens of Bundaberg residents stranded on rooftops are airlifted to safety Tuesday as Hercules aircraft start flying people in to Brisbane.

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Cameron Atfield: QUT has advised students that Gardens Point, Kelvin Grove and Caboolture campuses will reopen tomorrow. 

Dan Nancarrow: Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale has confirmed 35 homes were inundated with floodwaters in living areas.

A further 24 are being inspected to confirm if water did rise above the floor of living areas.

Dan Nancarrow: Trains will be running through the Brisbane CBD from 4pm this afternoon ahead of schedule after damaged overhead lines were fixed ahead of time.

Two of the four lines between Roma Street and Bowen Hills will be open for peak hour today, Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson says.

Trains will start running from Roma Street to Ferny Grove, Caboolture and to Shorncliffe through Central and Fortitude Valley. Trains had been bypassing these two stations via the Exhibition due to damage caused by fallen scaffolding in the CBD over the weekend. 

Throughout Tuesday services have been restored between Ipswich and Rosewood, to Beenleigh and to the Gold Coast.

The Minister has warned commuters there will be delays on these services as they will be running at reduced capacity.

Katherine Feeney: Cleaning up post flood will be an all too familiar activity for some people. To ease the pain, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced free green waste kerbside pickup from Monday.

He said there will also be 50 skip bins placed where power has been out for more than 48 hours for the sake of spoiled food disposal. Transfer stations will also be free for both green and general waste dumping.

However Cr Quirk is urging residents to refrain from dismantling sandbags until advised it is safe...

Dan Nancarrow: Energex has had 300,000 customers suffer power outages during this year's flood disaster - more than during the January 2011 floods.

Although 114,261 customers are without power currently, the company is hoping to have power restored to many homes and businesses by 6pm.

Dan Nancarrow: Narelle Clark and Darryl Tynan Snr have been through three other floods in Queensland and say it doesn't get any easier.

Narelle and Darryl watched their East Bundaberg home completely destroyed by rising flood waters yesterday and were surprised by the speed and ferocity of the flood.

Mr Tynan Snr said unlike the Rockhampton floods they did not have family they could stay with, so he was not sure what they would do next.

"Don't know," he said, blinking away tears.

"But at least we have got each other."

Read more details at The Bundaberg NewsMail

Narelle and Darryl have watched their East Bundaberg home fall victim to flooding once again.

Narelle and Darryl have watched their East Bundaberg home fall victim to flooding once again. Photo: Bundaberg NewsMail

Tony Moore: Insurance claims in Queensland from 2013's big wet have jumped to $116 million, according to updated figures from the Insurance Council of Australia.

"As of noon today, we've had just over 9800 claims with losses of about $116 million," an ICA spokesman just told us.

In New South Wales already they have had about 2000 claims with losses estimated at $10 million, he said.

Amy Remeikis: Just moving on from the floods for a moment - Qantas flight QF974 from Brisbane to Townsville has been diverted for a "normal landing" in Rockhampton.

No idea why just yet - but a Qantas spokesman stressed that it was "not an emergency".

We'll have more soon. Carry on.

Phil Lutton: And while waters have been quick to recede in some parts of the Lockyer Valley, stay aware.

This from Crowley Vale Road on the way to Forest Hill:

Crowley Vale Rd on the way to Forest Hill on Tuesday.

Crowley Vale Rd on the way to Forest Hill on Tuesday. Photo: Phil Lutton

Amy Remeikis: For those of you wondering about why the Brisbane and Bremer River flood peaks were essentially a non-event - you can thank the tides.

Essentially the tide was lower today, which meant that while a larger body of flood water came down from the catchments, the river was lower than yesterday, so it was counteracted.

The situation in Logan is a little different - the reason for the worry there is because of heavy rain in the catchment area on Sunday night.  

Phil Lutton: It's not just homes that suffer. These crops lie sodden in the field near Forest Hill in the Lockyer Valley.

Katherine Feeney: As the Brisbane River goes down, the Logan River is going up. Moderate to major flood levels will continue rising at Waterford and Eagleby during Tuesday with a peak around 9 metres expected at Waterford at around 10pm tonight.

The Bureau of Meteorology is saying that night-time peak will set a record - the last time the Logan River peaked at or above 9 metres at Waterford was in 1991.

View Logan River flood in a larger map

Katherine Feeney: Forget the four minute shower, Logan councillor Don Petersen is encouraging residents to ditch the shower altogether as record flood levels in the region continue to wreck havoc with power and roads.

Cr Petersen says he's been without power for the last three days, and many other residents are similarly in the dark.

"When it gets to that point, we don't worry so much about showers," he said. 

"We mightn't have houses inundated with water like we saw at Ipswich and Logan but when you lose power, and you lose access, you lose everything."

And with some areas expected to remain isolated for the next few days, Cr Peterson says getting fresh food and water was becoming a chief concern.

"Council's also concerned about sewerage - we've had a few pump stations go under - and a treatment plant - so we're watching that closely."

Phil Lutton: Two years ago, people in Laidley thought they'd seen a once-in-a-lifetime nightmare. The 2013 version was nothing like it. It was worse.

A massive cleanup has begun. Remarkably, they emerge from the flood zone head to toe in mud - with smiles on their faces.

Laidley's main street under water Tuesday.

Laidley's main street under water Tuesday. Photo: Phil Lutton

Dan Nancarrow: Here's a funny yarn from The Gympie Times: Bill Mitchell and Gus Nevin were making themselves comfortable and at home on Monday as floodwater surrounded them.

With close to two metres of water underneath them and no power at their disposal the pair set up camp on the second storey veranda of Billy's Hotel in Mary St.

Food and beverages were a good 100m swim away, so with the help of some ingenious friends on dry land they rigged up a pulley system to connect them to James Nash arcade.

Billy's Hotel owner Lesley Mitchell said KFC, ice, cigarettes and "all the necessities" went across on the pulley to her son Billy.

Billy Mitchell gets some supplies over to the Mary St watering hole in Gympie.

Billy Mitchell gets some supplies over to the Mary St watering hole in Gympie. Photo: Craig Warhurst/The Gympie Times

Flooding in the main street of Laidley.

Flooding in the main street of Laidley. Photo: Peter Hooper

Phil Lutton: Laidley solicitor Peter Hooper took this incredible shot as the floodwaters lashed the town's main street, including his law firm C.W Hooper & Hooper, which has been there since 1895.

It has seen some water in its day but never like this - the 2013 mark was the highest on record. Merchants and residents are starting the massive task of cleaning up this morning.

Dan Nancarrow: Suncorp Insurance is urging Queensland affected by recent wild weather to contact them as soon as possible to lodge claims.

The insurer has so far received over 4500 claims and expects that number to rise over the coming days.

Bridie Jabour: Wivenhoe Dam commenced releases a short time ago to the tune of 400,000 cubic metres per second.

The releases will help clean out the water supply and the water will come through Brisbane's water systems well after the peaks.

Bridie Jabour: Police commissioner Ian Stewart says there has been looting in Gympie and Bundaberg in the past few days.

He called it "disgusting" behaviour but warned people not to take it into their own hands and to report such robberies to police.

Bridie Jabour: Households usually consume 450 mega litres (in total) per day but for the next few days they needs to be between 230 to 240 mega litres a day.

At the height of the drought households consumed about 170 mega litres per day in total.

"People can do it," Mr Newman said.

Bridie Jabour: Premier Campbell Newman says it is fair to say the levels of mud and silt in the water have not happened previously in floods.

He says there are no public health issues when it comes to drinking the water but it may taste different to what it usually does.

Bridie Jabour: Premier Campbell Newman says in a worst case scenario there are parts of Brisbane which could run dry overnight if people don't conserve water.

"People really need to take this seriously," he said.

Bridie Jabour: Commissioner Ian Stewart says extra police are going in to Bundaberg to make sure there is no looting.

Bridie Jabour: The Australian Defence Force's Brigadier Greg Bilton says the evacuation of Bundaberg Hospital is still ongoing.

He says infirm and elderly people are also being moved out of Bundaberg.

"Nursing homes have been devastated by the floods," he says.

Troops will hopefully be out on the ground in the next 24 hours.

Bridie Jabour: Lord Mayor Graham Quirk thanks SES volunteers and says personnel will be released from Brisbane to help people in other parts of the state.

Tony Moore: Flood damage claims of $72 million have already been lodged by homes and businesses in Queensland, according to the Insurance Council of Australia today.

The claims cover storm damage, inundation, damaged vehicles and damage from overflowing gutters.

The Insurance Council of Australia meets in Bundaberg tomorrow, where insurers are trying to help the owners of 1000 properties which have been flooded. 

Insurance Council staff are in Brisbane today liaising with the Queensland Government, Brisbane City Council, state and federal MPs as well as Emergency Management Queensland.

Amy Remeikis: A total of 130 patients will be ferried to Brisbane Hospitals from the evacuated Bundaberg Base Hospital today - another two ADF flights are expected.

Two years ago, the defence force, ambulance service and Brisbane hospitals co-ordinated to take patients from the evacuated Cairns Hospital.

That previous run came in handy for today.

Bridie Jabour: Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says Brisbane has hopefully been through the peak of the floods but people still need to be vigilant.

He says water is the most critical issue, echoing Premier Campbell Newman's sentiments about using water just for critical life necessities.

He suggests Brisbane locals return to 4 minute showers they took during the drought.

Simon Holt: It's hard to believe, but Brisbane faces a water shortage. And it's time to go back to the four-minute shower.

Because clean water can't be released from Wivenhoe Dam, the water processing plant at Mt Crosby can only produce half the water which is normally consumed by the city.

Premier Campbell Newman has pleaded for people to use only the water they need. No washing down driveways, topping up pools or washing cars for the next couple of days.

Bridie Jabour: Before turning over to Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Premier Campbell Newman thanks all the volunteers and emergency workers for their efforts over the past few days.

He urges people to donate to the 2013 flood appeal.

Bridie Jabour: Premier Campbell Newman says water may taste different over the next couple of days.

He says Logan and Albert Rivers are expected to peak throughout the day.

Bridie Jabour: Mr Newman says over the next few days only half of the water usually consumed in Brisbane will be available.

People are only to use water for cooking, drinking and bathing.

They are not to use water for cleaning cars, boats or topping up pools.

"I do stress if people keep using water at normal rates there is a problem the reservoirs could run dry," he said

Bridie Jabour: Premier Campbell Newman says yesterday's high tidal and creek peak in Brisbane was probably higher than today's peak.

He says because of water coming down the Lockyer Creek and the Bremer the drinking water of Brisbane has been contaminated by mud.

Mount Crosby water treatment plant has had to shut down because of turbidity levels and water needs to be let out of Wivenhoe Dam to flush out the treatment plants.

Bridie Jabour: Premier Campbell Newman says Rockhampton is the next place to face the flood with the river not expected to peak until Saturday.

Gladstone is in recovery mode.

Mr Newman says he is going to try to get out to the Lockyer Valley in a TV helicopter this afternoon.

He says he is grateful for the flood peak in Ipswich and the impacts have been minimal.

He is not prepared to say no Ipswich property has been flooded but it's a completely different story to 2011.

Bridie Jabour: Premier Campbell Newman says about 2000 houses have been inundated in Bundaberg.

He is talking about the Bundaberg Hospital patients evacuated to Brisbane and says the trauma they have gone through is the human face of the crisis.

Mr Newman is talking about the flood victims he met in Bundaberg and how eager they are to clean up and "get on with it".

Dan Nancarrow: As at 2.08pm Energex is reporting 131,800 customers are without power in the south east.

38,802 of those are in Brisbane and 23,904 on the Gold Coast.

Bridie Jabour: Premier Campbell Newman says he has seen the best of Queenslanders over the past week.

He said he is urging mayors in their "critical positions" to mobilise communities to help recover from floods.

Mr Newman says the water supply in Brisbane is a serious issue he is going to address in the press conference but first he is going through the conditions around the state.

Simon Holt: "Flood waters are dirty and polluted and the risk of injury and infection is great."

That's the word from AMA Queensland, whose president Dr Alex Markwell is warning people to take extra care with their health in the aftermath of flooding and torrential rain.

He's also asking people to be aware of helping those in poor mental health.

Amy Remeikis: Defence force personnel are loading each patient into either a people mover or ambulance at the triage team's discretion.

It's a fast moving operation. Half the patients have already been moved.

Ambulances line up near the plane at Brisbane Airport.

Ambulances line up near the plane at Brisbane Airport. Photo: Michelle Smith

Dan Nancarrow: Bridie Jabour will have updates very shortly from the Premier's press conference in Brisbane. Campbell Newman has flown into the capital this afternoon after visiting flooded Bundaberg this morning.

Dan Nancarrow: When too much social media is a bad thing:

Simon O'Brien: Energex has released a list of suburbs where it expects most homes will have their power restored by 6pm tonight.

Check out the list to see if you're in one of the lucky areas.


Dan Nancarrow: The clean up begins in Brisbane:

Amy Remeikis: Here we go - the sickest patients have been assessed and are being taken off.

In what is a mammoth operation, paramedics are driving up in two ambulances at a time to accept them.

The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Princess Alexandra and Prince Charles are primed to accept the patients.

Four will be taken to relatives to be cared for there - at their request.

Amy Remeikis: Doctors and nurses have formed a triage team and have entered the aircraft to work out which patients need to be loaded off first.

It's like an emergency room, but on an airport Tarmac in the back of a defence plane. Pretty amazing stuff.

Doctors and nurses triage the Bundaberg patients at Brisbane Airport.

Doctors and nurses triage the Bundaberg patients at Brisbane Airport. Photo: Michelle Smith

Dan Nancarrow: In lighter news Keith Urban will return to Brisbane for his rescheduled show next Tuesday, February 5.

Tickets will go on sale tomorrow at 9am.

Keith Urban performing on stage.

Keith Urban performing on stage. Photo: Daniela Rodriguez

Amy Remeikis: They are taking a lot of bags off this defence plane.

Seeing the pile of luggage and personal effects these 40 patients have taken with them really helps bring home the human element to this disaster.

Luggage is unloaded from the plane carrying evacuated Bundaberg Base Hospital patients.

Luggage is unloaded from the plane carrying evacuated Bundaberg Base Hospital patients. Photo: Amy Remeikis

Scott Beveridge: The Nine News helicopter captured some great shots this morning of pontoons which had broken away from riverbanks, before smashing into bridges and CityCat terminals along the Brisbane river.

Here is a sample of that, and some other footage we at BT have been filming around the city today.

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Pontoons smash into bridges and CityCat terminals along the Brisbane river Tuesday as onlookers gather to see just how high the water will rise.

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Amy Remeikis: The plane has arrived at its designated spot. She's a big beast.

Paramedics are springing into action. Still, these are sick people - cardiac patients, dialysis patients - this would not have been a comfy flight.

The plane carrying evacuated patients from Bundaberg Base Hospital has arrived in Brisbane.

The plane carrying evacuated patients from Bundaberg Base Hospital has arrived in Brisbane. Photo: Michelle Smith

Dan Nancarrow: As at 1.07pm the Brisbane River gauge has dropped to 1.72m and continues to fall.

Amy Remeikis: Sixteen ambulances are waiting at Brisbane Airport to accept 40 patients from Bundaberg Hospital.

Intensive care patients came down individually this morning.

Ambulances at the Brisbane airport ready to receive patients from Bundaberg Hospital.

Ambulances at the Brisbane airport ready to receive patients from Bundaberg Hospital. Photo: Amy Remeikis

Dan Nancarrow: Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has announced a free clean green waste kerbside collection service for all Redland residents.

Green waste from the storm can be placed on footpaths by no later than Sunday February 10, with collection to commence early Monday February 11.

Dan Nancarrow: Queensland Rail is continuing to work on the overhead wiring damaged by falling scaffolding from an adjoining business in the CBD.

A crude memorial marks a new record flood height in Laidley. Photo: Phil Lutton

A crude memorial marks a new record flood height in Laidley. Photo: Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton: A wall outside Laidley law firm of C.W. Hooper and Hooper now shows a new record high water mark in the town. The marker, in Biro, was put there at 4.30am yesterday. It's the highest on record in certain parts of the district including parts of the main street. 

Katherine Feeney: Just a reminder to everyone that Red Cross and the Queensland State Government are looking for donations to the2013 Queensland Flood Appeal.

Acting Red Cross Executive Director for Queensland, Matthew Cox, said funds would help more than ten evacuation centres accommodating thousands of people across the state, including Bundaberg, Ipswich and Gatton.

“The importance of the donations to the appeal goes beyond money,” Bundaberg Red Cross officer  Mel Patterson said. 

 “For the people affected by the floods, the support from around Australia gives them hope they are not alone.” 

Dan Nancarrow: The last recorded measurement of the Brisbane River was at 12.37pm. The river had fallen to 1.86m, down from today's peak of 2m.

Dan Nancarrow: At 11.12am the Brisbane River peaked at 2m. It is now receding.

According to the Bureau of Meterology further rises are expected tonight and over the next few days but they are not expected to exceed the height of 2.3m reached on Monday.

Katherine Feeney: Having toured the flood ravaged city of Bundaberg, Premier Campbell Newman is now flying back to Brisbane to reconvene with disaster experts at Emergency Management Queensland headquarters, Kedron. 

We're expecting him to hold a press conference in about an hour... 

Dan Nancarrow: Radio 4BC is reporting that the Burnett River in Bundaberg is expected to peak at 9.5 tonight or early tomorrow.

Dan Nancarrow: Premier Campbell Newman has tweeted a message about water conservation in Brisbane:

"Asking for residents in the Greater Brisbane area to conserve water until issues at the treatment plants are resolved"

Dan Nancarrow: The latest reading still has the Burnett River steady in Bundaberg at 9.5m.

Bridie Jabour: Torwood Street in Auchenflower has been closed with the water about shin deep. People are walking through it to get to their houses and although there are firefighters and a lifeguard on standby, the water is fairly still and no one is having any dramas.

The water looks like it's starting to recede.

Flooding in Torwood Street, Auchenflower.

Flooding in Torwood Street, Auchenflower. Photo: Bridie Jabour

Dan Nancarrow: The flood level seems to be lower in the CBD today than yesterday, but there is still flooding around the city.

Our photographer took this shot of the bikeway outside GOMA today:

The bike path outside GOMA under water in January.

The bike path outside GOMA under water in January. Photo: Michelle Smith

Katherine Feeney:

Oh dear: Main Roads have advised Lockyer Valley Regional Council that the Lockyer Creek crossing on Gatton-Esk Road could be closed for up to two months due to significant damage to that bridge.
The Lockyer Valley Council asks motorists to check with them for advice on alternative routes to using the bridge...

Dan Nancarrow: This safety message is from Queensland Police:

"As flood levels drop & roads re-appear, don't assume that means you can drive on them yet. They will still need to be inspected."

Simon O'Brien: Running around in the thick foam currently on the Sunshine Coast's beaches may look like a fun, but it may be a very bad idea.

Holidaymakers have complained of itching and stinging after coming into contact with the foam and animals found covered in it appear sick, The Sunshine Coast Daily reports.

University of Queensland Associate Professor Barry Noller told the newspaper the foam - whipped up by strong winds - may be poisonous and contain pollutants, toxins and sewage.

Dan Nancarrow: The Burnett River at Bundaberg was steady at 9.5m as at 11am today.

Tony Moore: Main Roads have advised Lockyer Valley Regional Council that the Lockyer Creek crossing on Gatton-Esk Road could be closed for up to two months due to significant damage to that bridge.

The Lockyer Valley Council asks motorists to check with them for advice on alternative routes to using the bridge.

For further enquiries call (07) 5424 4000.

Bridie Jabour: Water is lapping at the fences in Haig Street but the road remains open.

Flooding in Haig Street Auchenflower.

Flooding in Haig Street Auchenflower. Photo: Bridie Jabour

Phil Lutton: The clean up begins on the Main Street of Laidley, where shops and the pub were completely gutted by water.

The clean up begins on Main Street, Laidley.

The clean up begins on Main Street, Laidley. Photo: Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton: Laidley State School escaped major damage to the classrooms but the grounds are a complete mess. This walkway was totaled by the torrent.

Laidley State High School escaped major damage to the classrooms but the grounds are a complete mess.

Laidley State High School escaped major damage to the classrooms but the grounds are a complete mess. Photo: Phil Lutton

Amy Remeikis: Staff at The Groove Train on Brisbane's riverside are breathing a sigh of relief today.

Manager Julian Mero says he expected worst from today's river peak, but it wasn't as bad as he anticipated and staff are now rushing to open for business tonight.

"Not to have to clean up's, well it's great," Mr Mero says.

Dan Nancarrow: At 11.12am today the Brisbane city gauge hit 2m and rising.

Amy Remeikis: Yesterday the water came to the top of these stairs outside the Groove Train Restaurant. The river didn't lap over the edge today.

On Monday the Brisbane River rose to the top of these stairs outside the Groove Train Restaurant.

On Monday the Brisbane River rose to the top of these stairs outside the Groove Train Restaurant. Photo: Amy Remeikis

Dan Nancarrow: The ABC is reporting 143 businesses and at least 25 homes went under in Gympie.

Gympie Regional Council Mayor Ron Dyne says the flood has caused major infrastructure damage in the region.

Amy Remeikis: Seems Brisbane has disappointed one international guest.

"You call that a flood?" One man with a Texas twang said in disgust as he walked away from the river.

"My bathtub floods better than that."

His Australian friend was attempting to explain why everyone was so worried.

The Brisbane Rive Tuesday morning.

The Brisbane Rive Tuesday morning. Photo: Amy Remeikis

Dan Nancarrow: Emergency services are at Brisbane Airport awaiting the arrival of patients evacuated from Bundaberg Hospital.

Ambulances line up at Brisbane AIrport for the arrival of evacuated Bundaberg Hospital patients.

Ambulances line up at Brisbane AIrport for the arrival of evacuated Bundaberg Hospital patients. Photo: Michelle Smith

Dan Nancarrow: Radio 4BC has reported there has been no flooding at Kangaroo Point today.

Simon O'Brien: Beware of scammers posing as Energex workers in the Glass House Mountains on the Sunshine Coast.

Energex says the crooks are asking for money to trim trees.

Authentic Energex staff will be in uniform, can produce identificiation and will never ask for any type of payment, the energy supplier says. Call policelink on 131 444 if you come into contact with the con men.

Amy Remeikis: Down at Eagle Street the flood peak seems to be a non event.

It was higher yesterday. Restaurant owners appear very relieved.

Riverside in Brisbane's CBD.

Riverside in Brisbane's CBD. Photo: Amy Remeikis

Sean Baumgart: Thankfully, we aren't seeing the devastation across the region that we did a couple of years ago. But there are still folks around who will need a hand in the coming days and weeks. The mud army that mobilised in 2011 won't ride to the rescue this time, but if you think you can lend a hand but don't know where to start, here are a couple of sites that may help: and

Dan Nancarrow: The Brisbane City gauge was at 1.98m at 10.52am, below the predicted peak of 2.2m.

People at Eagle Street watching the river peak.

People at Eagle Street watching the river peak. Photo: Amy Remeikis

Dan Nancarrow: The only Brisbane City Council library closed today is Mt Coot-tha. All other libraries are operating normal opening hours.

Sean Baumgart: It’s not a good day to get sick. We hear local clinics have been hit by the recent power outages across the city, with refrigerated vaccines spoiling in storage.

Dan Nancarrow: Brisbane City Council is warning cyclists and pedestrians to take care on bikeways and pathways as they may be affected by debris and silt. 

Dan Nancarrow: Four CareFlight QLD helicopters flew to the aid of more than 60 stranded residents overnight, airlifting them to the Bundaberg airport evacuation centre. The airlifts continued this morning.

Dan Nancarrow: Channel 7 is reporting that 95 per cent of businesses in Laidley are flooded. Lockyer Valley Regional Council mayor Steve Jones says the situation is worse than 2011.

Dan Nancarrow: Queensland Police have just reported 15 homes and 20 businesses have been impacted by flooding in Warwick.

Dan Nancarrow: Further south in Logan things aren't looking good:

Dan Nancarrow: The sun is out and so are the sightseers in the city:

Dan Nancarrow: Six hundred Goodna residents have been given the all clear to return to their homes after the Brisbane River peaked lower than expected, Ipswich City Councillor Paul Tully tells us.

The river peaked at 7.97m at 7.21am, a metre below the predicted level.

No homes were flooded.

Katherine Feeney: Sad but true, Prime Minister Julia Gillard says the federal government is so used to working with state and local governments in Queensland during emergency situations that management of the civilian, medical and army response has become almost second nature.

Speaking to radio ABC 612, Ms Gillard said responding to natural disasters had become almost second nature, with “very, very regular” updates from Premier Campbell Newman and Treasurer Wayne Swan helping to keep her informed as the disaster continues to unfold.

Ms Gillard said the defence force would be deployed to Queensland for "as long as they're needed". 

Most of the army's rescue effort has been concentrated in Bundaberg, with the Prime Minister set to visit later in the week to make a formal announcement about the city's recovery.

Ms Gillard said various relief payments for had been triggered at 46 of 73 local government areas across the state... 

Dan Nancarrow: An update on rescues carried out in Bundaberg:

Scott Beveridge: The rapidly rising water at Bundaberg caught a lot of people off guard yesterday.

Here is a look at some of the human impact of the flood crisis in the Queensland town, with water levels still rising even higher today.

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Bundaberg residents have 'nothing left'

Record water levels moving at an "extremely fast" rate Monday leave hundreds of Bundaberg residents with "heart wrenching" damage to their homes.

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Katherine Feeney: People with cars parked at Black Street in Rosalie and Haig Road in Auchenflower should move their cars as the street is about to flood ABC local radio reports... 

Dan Nancarrow: The Burnett River in Bundaberg is reportedly already at 9.5m.

The river is still rising and expected to hit a peak of 9.6m later today.

Bridie Jabour: A Jindalee pontoon rebuilt since the January 2011 floods is now being swept away again.

A Jindalee pontoon being swept away by flooding.

A Jindalee pontoon being swept away by flooding. Photo: Bridie Jabour

Dan Nancarrow: Channel 10 reporter Renae Henry tweeted a photo of this Bundaberg home which was built a metre above the 1942 flood level but is now flooded.

A Bundaberg home built above the 1942 flood level is inundated on Tuesday.

A Bundaberg home built above the 1942 flood level is inundated on Tuesday. Photo: Renae Henry/Channel 10

Natalie Bochenski: One of the saddest stories of this flood event was the death of a three-year-old boy in Brisbane.

The toddler and his 34-year-old mother were hit by a tree at Gordon Park while watching floodwaters.

The boy died in hospital overnight.

The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital reports that the woman, who is pregnant, is now in a stable but critical condition.

Katherine Feeney: Just in: 41 Bundaberg Hospital flood evacuees will arrive at Brisbane Airport from 11 am Queensland Health has confirmed. 

Brisbane metropolitan hospitals are preparing to receive patients, and arrangements for medical transport hubs at Bundaberg and Brisbane Airports to support the transfer have been made. 
Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said the evacuation of 130 patients to Brisbane started last night.
There were around 10 critically ill patients and newborns airlifted to the capital in the early hours of this morning... 

Amy Remeikis: Residents have begun to return to their homes in Enid Street.

Lynette and Allan Kunst cleared out everything yesterday. They're unsure of where all of their possessions are - "people just came and took things away" - but are just soaking in the relief they won't be spending the next year living in a shed.

Lynette and Allan Kunst cleared out their Enid Street home yesterday.

Lynette and Allan Kunst cleared out their Enid Street home yesterday. Photo: Amy Remeikis

Bridie Jabour: Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says we won't need a mud army on the scale of 2011 but volunteers will be needed in the clean up.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk updates the media on the flood situation.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk updates the media on the flood situation. Photo: Bridie Jabour

Bridie Jabour: Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says by lunch time today we will know the full extent of damage to the city. He said quite a few parks in the city have been damaged from winds.

He says if the water had peaked at the predicted 0.7 metres higher many more millions of dollars worth of damage would have been done to Brisbane. He says it's far too early to estimate how much it will cost the city to do do the clean up.

Dan Nancarrow: Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan says 100-troop strong Defence Task Force will be moving into Bundaberg over the next couple of days.

Bridie Jabour: "At this stage there have been no reports of habitual houses being inundated," Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said. "It's a great outcome."

Cr Quirk says we will be advised when the Brisbane River is considered safe enough for river transport to begin again.

He reminds everyone "the CBD is very much open for business".

Bridie Jabour: Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says Jindalee is an area where houses were inundated in 2011 but today it is 8m lower than two years ago.

No houses have been flooded here and the BOM actually forecast it would be 1m higher here.

Flood levels in the CBD are expected to be lower as well but Cr Quirk says we are going to see a repeat of these tide levels potentially through to Friday morning.

Bridie Jabour: Flood watchers are out all over Brisbane now the rain has cleared and Jindalee is no exception. About 50 people are spread out over the river bank to survey the damage to the Jindalee Pontoon which has almost been washed away.

It's expected to peak soon.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will also be giving a press conference soon and we will provide live updates.

Flood watchers in Jindalee.

Flood watchers in Jindalee. Photo: Bridie Jabour

Natalie Bochenski: The bulk of 130 patients evacuated from Bundaberg Hospital will arrive in Brisbane at midday.

They'll be taken to various hospitals around the city, including the RBWH, the PA and Prince Charles.

Critically ill patients and some newborns were airlifted out last night.

Dan Nancarrow: Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale has congratulated the Premier on the management of Wivenhoe Dam.

Dan Nancarrow: Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan was in Ipswich this morning.

Scott Beveridge: Here is an updated video from Channel Ten about what happened at Kedron Brook yesterday.

A three-year-old boy has tragically died after a tree fell while his family were watching the creek. His mum is still in a critical condition.

Witnesses also saw a motorcylist swept to his death at Greenbank as he tried to cross a flooded bridge.

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Toddler dies after tree fall

A three-year-old boy dies after being hit by a falling tree at Kedron Brook, Brisbane Monday while a motorcyclist drowns while trying to cross a flooded bridge at Greenbank.

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Amy Remeikis: You can smell the flood in the air. Those who know the smell can't miss it. It smells like rotting mud and stagnant water, of still air and baking heat all rolled into one.

You can smell the flood even though you can't see it; the water has receded  from the businesses it flowed into.

It's on the shoes of people who have wandered into the Ipswich CBD to see how they can help.  It's scent is carried by the rivers, the Brisbane and the Bremer, which feed the creeks and estuaries which brought the flood back to their city.

But speaking to the people here, the smell of the flood will fade long before their spirits do.

The clean up isn't as immense as last time, but even homes and businesses which weren't touched by the waters were effected by the fear of the unknown.

Homes and businesses were cleared out in anticipation of the waters. Now they have to be rebuilt.

But wandering around Ipswich and Goodna, you can already see people introducing themselves, offering to help.

It may not be the 'mud army' this time round. But the heart is still there.

Katherine Feeney: You get a lot of calls when you're in charge of a state suffering through a major natural disaster. Premier Campbell Newman has been fielding bells from all corners of the country and, it seems, the land of the long white cloud.

“Even the Prime Minister of New Zealand has contacted us and asked, 'what do you need'," Mr Newman told radio 4BC this morning. 

He also said formal structures to support the Bundaberg flood crisis would be announced in the coming days...

Dan Nancarrow: A lovely act of kindness from Gertie's Bar and Lounge in New Farm:

The post on Gertie's Facebook page.

The post on Gertie's Facebook page.

Amy Remeikis: Determination. That's what is most apparent about the people of Ipswich.

The locals we spoke to didn't get a lot of sleep last night. The memories of 2011 were still too fresh. Then, they woke up to find their city centre under water.

Many of those businesses have only just gotten back on their feet. But this morning, residents emerged to find the city ticking over. There is still a clean up to be done - businesses on the lower side of Brisbane Street were hit - the same ones which were completely underwater two years ago.

This time though, the clean up and repairs should only take days, a week or two for the worst hit - not months like last time.

Dan Nancarrow: The Bundaberg NewsMail reports the Premier has been meeting with flood victims at the Bundaberg Civic Centre evacuation centre and has announced that one Hercules C130 has arrived in Bundaberg with another to come to help ship patients from Bundaberg Hospital to hospitals in Caloundra, Hervey Bay and Brisbane (Prince Charles, Royal Children's, Mater Children's and Princess Alexandra hospitals).

Critically ill patients and newborn babies were airlifted from Bundaberg Base Hospital last night.

Dan Nancarrow: Premier Campbell Newman is in Bundaberg today. He is expected to speak about the unfolding flood crisis at 10am.

Simon Holt: There's not quite as much ocean foam around on the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast today. But scientists are warning that it's probably not as much fun as it looks. They're telling us the foam might have toxic chemicals in it, and possibly some sewage.

Natalie Bochenski: As we reported yesterday, Irish balladeers Celtic Thunder have been forced to cancel their concert at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre tonight, due to the floods

“We are extremely disappointed that Celtic Thunder cannot perform for their Brisbane fans, but these circumstances are unfortunately beyond our control," said Leon Spellson from promoter Nine Live.

Credit card ticket purchases will be automatically refunded.

Celtic Thunder has cancelled their Brisbane Entertainment Centre performance.

Celtic Thunder has cancelled their Brisbane Entertainment Centre performance. Photo: Brendan Crabb

Amy Remeikis: Martin Sangster of Ipswich Automatic Transmission Repairs had a pool going with staff on how high the water would get. The plumber won it - 1.5m. He's won the chance to clean up.

Martin Sangster in the flooded business Ipswich automatic transmission repairs.

Martin Sangster in the flooded business Ipswich automatic transmission repairs. Photo: Amy Remeikis

Scott Beveridge: Restaurants along the Eagle street pier had water spill into their premises yesterday as the Brisbane river burst its banks.

Another peak is coming later this morning but hopefully it won't be as high as yesterday and they don't experience any more damage.

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Brisbane floods 'heartbreaking'

Restaurant staff along the Brisbane riverfront prepare to be flooded for the second time in two years while residents in suburbs are "devastated' by rising water Monday.

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Natalie Bochenski: Queensland Health says food safety will be an issue for those who've lost power during the long weekend's torrential storms.

Dr Margaret Young says some foods will not be safe to eat after 24 to 48 hours of no power.

"Perishable foods such as meat, poultry or fish that has been left unrefrigerated for more than four hours should be thrown out."

Dr Young adds that residents should avoid opening their fridge and freezer doors unless absolutely necessary, in order to preserve the cool.

Dan Nancarrow: Energex reports that 156,850 people are without power in south east Queensland, including 48,877 customers in Brisbane.

River is rising steadily at West End this morning.=

River is rising steadily at West End this morning.=

Tony Moore: Waters continue to rise at West End this morning leaving locals on high alert. The City Glider bus services are still running from the bus stop near the Orleigh St ferry, although City Cat services are still stopped. Some riverside paths are now covered but the river peak is expected to be similar to yesterday.

Katherine Feeney: We've just updated the list of school closures across the state with new information from the state department. There's a list of independent school closures in there too. We'll keep an eye out for the rest of the day... 

Dan Nancarrow: The Condamine River reached 7.45m, this morning about half a metre lower than predicted.

Natalie Bochenski: QPAC says its Riverside car park has been closed until further notice.

The car parks at Stanley Place and Art Gallery/Museum remain open but with limited capacity.

Amy Remeikis: Ipswich CBD traffic is almost at a standstill as commuters slow down to look at the Bremer River.

Shop owners on Limestone Street are out sweeping but there does not appear to be too much damage.

The Coles shopping centre which was destroyed during the 2011 floods appears unscathed.

Bremer River from the road.

Bremer River from the road. Photo: Amy Remeikis

Dan Nancarrow: A wonderful move by Bundaberg's local newspaper, the NewsMail, to provide their customers with an electronic copy of the paper in case they can't find a hard copy in town:

Katherine Feeney: The team here at is feeling for our friends at the Bayside Bulletin this morning - they've just announced publication has been delayed until power is reconnected to the Fairfax Print centre at Ormiston. Looks like the paper won't be distributed until Wednesday... 

Natalie Bochenski: 130 patients are being evacuated from Bundaberg Hospital to seven other hospitals around southeast Queensland.

A Queensland Health spokesperson says they're being airlifted to the Royal Brisbane and Women's, the Royal Children's, the Mater Children's, the Princess Alexandra, the Prince Charles, Hervey Bay and Caloundra - depending which beds are available where.

High-risk patients including newborns are being taken to the bigger hospitals.

Dan Nancarrow: Airtrain services are operating to and from Brisbane Airport, but there will be delays.

Also a quick note to say the State Library of Queensland will also be open today.

Natalie Bochenski: It's an eerie scene in Bundaberg this morning, with blue skies and sun shining over the worst flood in the city's history.

This picture shows the inundated Melbourne Hotel in Targo Street.

An evacuation of the Bundaberg Hospital is underway, and Premier Campbell Newman is flying up to the city this morning.

The Melbourne Hotel, in Bundaberg.

The Melbourne Hotel, in Bundaberg. Photo: Chloe Bugelly, Channel Nine

Katherine Feeney: The Bureau of Meteorology's updated forecast has officially revised down the expected flood peak for Brisbane. According to the BOM, local flooding will be at the same level as on Monday, 2.3 metres, possibly creeping up to 2.5 metres, but lower than the 2.6 metres originally predicted...

Dan Nancarrow: Just a quick note to say Kelvin Grove State College has also closed until further notice due to lack of power.

For the full list of state school closures click here

Peter Hannam: As of 6am insurers have received some 6100 claims for losses in Queensland from the floods, the Insurance Council of Australia says.

Those claims involve insured losses estimated at $72 million, with the tally now "rising rapidly", according to the ICA's head of corporate affairs, Campbell Fuller.

Katherine Feeney: Looks like the first flood refugees from Bundaberg will arrive in Brisbane today. Word from EMQ headquarters is that a contingent of evacuees rescued from the severely damaged city will soon start arriving in the capital...

Natalie Bochenski: While it looks like today's floods won't be as bad as they could be, there's no doubt some areas are suffering severe inundation.

Penny Cameron from the Australian Traffic Network just posted this picture of the Mt Lindsay Highway at Jimboomba.

Flood waters approach Jimbooma homes.

Flood waters approach Jimbooma homes.

Bridie Jabour: Down at Teneriffe the blue skies have brought out exercisers who've been housebound for days and families with cabin fever.

Once again the river is going to peak under a cloudless sky but at the moment it doesn't look that much higher here, just dirty.

Also, it's very freaking hot for a run.

The Brisbane River rushes past Teneriffe. Photo: Bridie Jabour

The Brisbane River rushes past Teneriffe. Photo: Bridie Jabour

Natalie Bochenski: SES volunteers have responded to approximately 3,400 requests for assistance in the 24 hours to 5am today.

Most of the jobs were in central Queensland, the north coast, Brisbane and southeast Queensland, and related mainly to evacuations, flood assistance, sandbagging, leaking roofs, roof damage and fallen trees. 

Swift water rescue technicians attended approximately seven events overnight. Authorities are once again reminding drivers that "If it's flooded, forget it."

Natalie Bochenski: Here is an update from the Weather Bureau on predicted river heights:

Ipswich: Continue easing during Tuesday following the major flood peak of 13.9 metres recorded Monday evening.

Moggill: Peaking around 8.5 metres (below the minor flood level) Tuesday morning.

Jindalee: Peaking around 5.5 metres (below the minor flood level) around midday Tuesday, about 1 metre higher than the peak recorded on the high tide at around 1pm Monday.

Brisbane: Multiple minor flood peaks will coincide with the peak of the high tides between Tuesday and Thursday, with the most significant likely to be 2.3 metres but possibly up to 2.5 metres, about 11am Tuesday.

Natalie Bochenski: Restaurants along Brisbane's Eagle Street Pier spent yesterday sandbagging and moving equipment to higher ground.

Today they're waiting for the predicted 2.6 metre peak, scheduled to happen just before midday.

Riverside restaurants are prepared for today's flood peak. Photo: Michelle Smith

Riverside restaurants are prepared for today's flood peak. Photo: Michelle Smith

Natalie Bochenski: The Channel 9 chopper has just shot footage of a pontoon that's broken loose and is floating down the Brisbane River.

A pontoon adrift in the Brisbane River.

A pontoon adrift in the Brisbane River. Photo: Channel Nine

Natalie Bochenski: Campbell Newman has told Channel 9 he'll fly to Bundaberg this morning to oversee disaster relief efforts and thank emergency response crews.

The Premier says 2200 residents are now in evacuation centres, including hundreds airlifted from North Bundaberg 

However he's expressed frustration that some locals have refused to obey the mandatory evacuation order, saying they "must" leave their homes.

Natalie Bochenski: Westpac will donate $100,000 to the Queensland Floods Appeal 2013.

Chief Executive Brian Hartzer says the latest natural disaster is a blow for Queensland, but is confident the state and its people are resilient.

You can donate to the appeal through the Red Cross website.

Natalie Bochenski: An evacuation of the Bundaberg Hospital will begin from 7am, as floodwaters are creeping closer to the complex.

The city is experiencing a humid and misty morning, as it deals with its worst-ever flood.

The Burnett River has reached 9.3 metres, but it still expected to peak at 9.5 metres later today.

Premier Campbell Newman will visit the town this morning.

Natalie Bochenski: Ipswich councillor, 2011 flood victim and part-time reporter Paul Tully has had a sleepless night.

He's been anxiously awaiting the forecast flood peak of 9 metres through Goodna, but is "cautiously optimistic" the area has been spared the devastation of two years ago.

He's just sent us this picture of Brisbane Terrace, saying in 2011 it was 4 metres underwater.

Goodna appears to have been spared.

Goodna appears to have been spared.

Natalie Bochenski: Want to know whether to get the kids ready for school, or send them back to bed?

Check the Education Department's latest list of state school closures due to ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald.

Natalie Bochenski: Premier Campbell Newman is apparently on his way to Bundaberg this morning.

The city has been the worst hit by ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald, with fears water rushing at up to 70km/hr could even wash properties away.

Four Blackhawk helicopters and other civilian choppers conducted hundreds of air rescues in North Bundaberg overnight after mandatory evacuation orders were issued.

It's believed the town's hospital will also be evacuated.

Natalie Bochenski: Energex crews are working hard to restore power around southeast Queensland, but there are still around 160,000 homes and businesses blacked out.

50,000 of those are in Brisbane, 25,000 on the Gold Coast, 20,000 at Logan, 20,000 in the Redlands and 15,000 in Moreton Bay regional council.

The power outages are affecting many traffic lights, prompting police to issue another warning to motorists to use extreme caution on the roads.

Natalie Bochenski: Here is a list of confirmed school closures from Independent Schools Queensland:

AB Paterson College Arundel
Brisbane Adventist College MansfieldBrisbane Boys College Toowong
Brisbane Grammar School Spring Hill
Brisbane Montessori School Fig Tree Pocket
Bundaberg Christian College Bundaberg
Calvary Christian College Carbrook
Cooloola Christian College Sunshine Coast
Faith Lutheran College Plainlands
Hills International College Jimboomba
Ipswich Grammar School Ipswich
Ipswich Girls' Grammar School Ipswich
Kimberley College Carbrook
Northpine Christian College Dakabin
Matthew Flinders Anglican College Buderim
Prince of Peace Lutheran College (primary) Everton Park
Riverside Christian College Maryborough
School of Total Education Warwick
Silkwood School Gold Coast
St Aidan's Anglican Girls School Corinda
St Hilda’s School Southport
St John’s Anglican College Forest Lake
St John’s Lutheran Primary School Bundaberg
St Luke's Anglican School Bundaberg
St Margaret's Anglican Girls School Ascot
St Peter's Lutheran College Indooroopilly
Sunshine Coast Grammar School Forest Glen
Toowoomba Christian College (secondary) Toowoomba
Trinity Lutheran College Gold Coast
Victory College Gympie
West Moreton Anglican College Ipswich
YMCA School Kingston

Natalie Bochenski: Reader Nathan Howard is out and about on a personal reconnaissance mission in Jindalee. Nathan's home was completely flooded in January 2011, but so far remains high and dry.

He's sent us this picture of the Jindalee boat ramp, and says while the water still has a little way to rise, it doesn't have the same intensity of flow as 2011.

Flood waters rise in Jindalee.

Flood waters rise in Jindalee. Photo: Nathan Howard

Natalie Bochenski:

Brisbane is waking up to a foggy morning.

Police say the fog is another obstacle for motorists, still dealing with road closures caused by fallen trees and powerlines.

However, the fog will burn off through the morning, with the city expecting a fine day with a top of 33 degrees. Westerly winds left by ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald will keep conditions warm and sticky.

Natalie Bochenski:

Great news coming out of Goodna, one of the hardest-hit by the January 2011 floods.

Local councillor Paul Tully - who lost his own house there two years ago - says a predicted flood peak of 9 metres appears to have been avoided.

Councillor Tully's in Enid Street this morning, and says the nearby Woogaroo Creek is well-below the road level.

"We're talking about a street that had water over the roofs two years ago, and there isn't even any water on the street," he says.

Councillor Tully says the peak wasn't officially expected until 8am, but he's cautiously optimistic, and predicts residents will be "overjoyed" this morning.

Natalie Bochenski: Welcome to our refreshed Brisbane Live Blog, for Tuesday January 29.

We'll keep you up to date with all relevant information about the floods and weather conditions around southeast Queensland.

If you want to check back with our overnight coverage, you'll find Monday's live blog here.

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  • OK, so lets ask the big question. Did the flood water in Laidley back up because of the Wivenhoe Dam releases. Our opinion, YES! Was it technically necessary to release water or a political stunt? Why is the Lockyer Valley wrecked compared to downstream. We witnessed the backup of water firsthand. Could the Wivenhoe flood capacity have held enough to negate having to release into the river system and causing a massive backup. Answers please someone.

    Out in the Lockyer
    Lockyer Valley
    Date and time
    January 29, 2013, 4:57PM
    • The answer is no, even if your opinion is yes. Lots of rain was the cause of the flooding, not the backup of Wivenhoe dam. The water does not backup to even close to Laidley. You witnessed flooding.

      Date and time
      January 29, 2013, 5:27PM
  • Any news on the Qantas emergency between Brisbane & Townsville? (QF974)

    Date and time
    January 29, 2013, 4:39PM
    • loss of cabin pressure

      Date and time
      January 29, 2013, 7:05PM
  • I'd like to move into a flood affected area to have my LED TV upgraded by the insurance company every 12 months.

    Retail Therapist
    Date and time
    January 29, 2013, 4:09PM
  • Interesting to see that some of Brisbane's water for the next week or two is coming from the desal plant that was a waste of money according to Newman's political colleagues.

    Newman has done nothing more that Bligh did two years ago - if he had "arrested the flood" as claimed below, nobody in Queensland would be flooded out - clearly that hasn't happened.

    Date and time
    January 29, 2013, 3:33PM
    • More interesting is that Newman started to plan his reponse a couple of weeks ago and by managing the dams properly he has saved hundreds if not thousands of properties. Pity Bligh and her mob of incompetents did not take the same approach but that would have interuppeted their christma.

      Date and time
      January 29, 2013, 4:08PM
    • And amazingly 4 days now becomes weeks ago according to some people...

      John Michaels
      Date and time
      January 29, 2013, 4:44PM
    • Ex labor pollpaul Pasalli said last night that Newman spoke to him two weeks ago. If you have a problem with that take it up with Pasalli.

      Then again it wouldnt matter what he or anybody else says, you obviously have a distaste for newman so nothing would change your mind.

      Date and time
      January 29, 2013, 5:23PM
  • Once disaster relief is taken care of its time we start talking about climate change, that 1 in 100 year flood is now a claim of the past, plus we've had 7 tornado's in the space of 24 hours, I know Australia gets the odd one off tornado once in a while but 7 is a serious wakeup call that we need action on Climate Change, and we needed it yesterday.

    Gold Coast
    Date and time
    January 29, 2013, 3:25PM
    • ahem,

      David, please advise the connection between tornadoes and the theory of human induced climate change

      Date and time
      January 29, 2013, 4:31PM
    • Tornado's are formed when high and low air pressure systems interact with each other. Heightened emission of CO2 increase air pressure globally but still have adverse effects in local regions. We also know from the BOM that this storm was carried through by a low pressure system, so along with the drop in temperature and the strong winds all these elements gave a perfect formula for tornados, and being over metropolitan areas where emissions are higher than in regional areas these areas. Fortunately they were still small which means there is still time to act before greenhouse gasses increase air pressure dramatically.

      Gold Coast
      Date and time
      January 29, 2013, 6:31PM
  • The flood was arrested by Premier Newman's decisive actions. He is to be commended for leading Queensland through a harrowing test with grace and honor.

    Frank MacGill
    Date and time
    January 29, 2013, 2:43PM
    • I hope he has the keys for the handcuffs then frank. From what I've seen the NewMan has overridden supposedly independent agencies and advice, exacerbated the flood by increasing water flow when not needed, and used the excuse that the flood was the result of water falling outside the Wivenhoe catchment zone. If I remember correctly he refused to accept that the same scenario was allowable when the other mob of failed managers were at the helm.

      John Michaels
      Date and time
      January 29, 2013, 4:48PM
    • No it wasn't. If anything, it was made worse by the unnecessary release. You'll be telling us he can walk on the stuff next.

      Date and time
      January 29, 2013, 6:47PM
  • Those poor Brisbane people. Stay safe and my thoughts are with you.

    Date and time
    January 29, 2013, 2:20PM
  • But it wasn't going to rain again, that's Tim Flannery"s "expert" analysis. Where is he when you need him, heard him a couple of weeks ago when we had 2 days of hot weather.

    Date and time
    January 29, 2013, 1:37PM
    • Hmmm Interesting point - maybe BT could contact him for comment?

      Date and time
      January 29, 2013, 5:00PM
  • Roger, you look great in green ! @Amy Remeikis photo @11:26am

    Mr Icecream
    Date and time
    January 29, 2013, 12:45PM
  • A little off-topic here but does anybody else find it's slightly disconcerting that status updates of rather grim news have smiling thumbnails of journalists next to them?

    Date and time
    January 29, 2013, 12:29PM
    • yes Pedantic, it irks me infact

      Date and time
      January 29, 2013, 12:49PM
    • Regardless of what their picture is like, realise that journalists have to report the news. While (I am sure) they would prefer to report good news, I am sure they report the more tragic information without considering what their profile picture looks like. We will never know how news affects people, but I can assure you journalists worry and fret about tragic news stories just as much as we do.

      Date and time
      January 29, 2013, 2:56PM
    • I'm not saying anything about their live coverage nor their job to report the news. I think they're doing a good job of keeping the rest of Australia informed. All I'm saying is that it's a bit disconcerting that some journalists have smiling pics while the status is of people without power or homes etc. On-topic, I feel sorry for the people who are affected.

      Date and time
      January 29, 2013, 3:39PM
  • A lot of people should get a grip. There are endless comments about being out of power for hours, not being warned, mismanagement of the dams and blaming the incumbent government for everything. It's a flood, a force of nature. Emergency services and most segments of the community are doing their best to help in a time of exceptional circumstances. Stop trying to blame someone or gain cheap political mileage. The only people I have issues with are opportunistic individuals who quickly jacked up prices for everything from ice to treelopping, inflicting more pain and anger on a community that is already hurting.

    Date and time
    January 29, 2013, 12:24PM
    • Yes Makadabr you are right people should get a grip including camp belle newman. It was him who tried to gain "cheap political mileage" by ordering the release of water from Wivenhoe against the advice of the professionals who understand what they are doing. No matter how he tries to gloss over it, this was nothing other than an attempt at political point scoring which has spectacularly backfired and has,without doubt, exacerbated flooding in the downstream river systems, and endangered peoples lives. The opposition should be asking some very pertinent questions once parliament resumes. This could and should be career ending for newman.

      Chesty LaRue
      Date and time
      January 29, 2013, 2:25PM
  • I see the flood claims total has gone from $48m to $70m in the last 4 odd hours. How about a live rolling "claims" counter like that one for the US debt? You could do one for number of flooded houses too.

    live updates
    Date and time
    January 29, 2013, 12:09PM
  • What are habitual houses? Perhaps the Lord Mayer means inhabited

    Date and time
    January 29, 2013, 11:12AM
  • Is that Swannies "Action Man Gear" in the photo

    Date and time
    January 29, 2013, 11:08AM
    • Sorry, why is Swanny's shirt and jeans any more hilarious than everyone else's shirt and jeans?

      Jimbo from Logan
      Date and time
      January 29, 2013, 12:59PM
  • The school closure information shown on the Queensland Govt website is not accurate. It still shows Nundah state school as being shut, it is infact open.

    Chesty LaRue
    Date and time
    January 29, 2013, 10:46AM
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