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Q'ld flood death toll reaches 22 as Brisbane gets hammered

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All those crocodiles in Aussie will be loving the mobility they will now have in the floods.

Wouldnt want to be wading through these flood waters with all those dangerous creatures aussie has that will now be floating about looking for something to bite.

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No crocodiles that far south. Snakes everywhere though, and many of those are poisonous.

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Hopefully the crocodiles are further up north, but snakes are maybe going to be a big problem. I remember a story of a guy in Western Australia who was killed by a snake when he was cleaning up after his property was flooded. Also saw a documentary, maybe on Discovery Channel, that claimed that sharks move into the rivers in Queensland during floods, so hopefully that was just sensationalism.

Anyways, the report I just heard is that the number of missing is now over 90. Pretty unbelievable pictures, especially the shot of the family on top of the car with water all around them. ABC radio says the mother and child have been found alive but the father is still missing. Tragic stuff, hope everybody in Brisbane can stay safe when the worst hits.

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It is common for the Brisbane River to have reef sharks as far upstream as Mt Crosby. I once heard of a guy going water skiing in the Karana Downs area get bitten by one of these small sharks.

The thing about crocodiles is of course yet another media beat up.

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There's king tides coming just as the inland water hits the sea-line. It does not look pretty. Australians are so tough. Ive never wanted to farm that area because Im scared of the snakes, and how to handle it. They have much knowledge to share about this. Pray, once this is all over.

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hope you guys know that the area flooded is about the same size as Germany and France together....

or about 2.5x the size of Japan...

I really feel for the farmers the most....first a drought of about 20 years, now flooding...they just cant win poor buggers...

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It is a truly sad event for many farmers, as many have lost their livestock or have to cull their livestock in order to actually survive this ordeal without starving as well as losing some of them to the flood waters, as such compounding the damage done to their livelihoods.

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Once in a Millenium drought follwed by massive flooding. Very sad. Am I right in saying that the queensland rainy season still has more than 2 months to go. With the debate about is AGW, is it fact or fiction, I wonder if these events have any relevence?

With this amount of waterlogged ground, I fear more sad events like toowoomba.

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North East Australia?? It is further from Brisbane to the North of Australia than it is from Osaka to the tip of Hokkaido, There aren't any crocs there unless they escaped from a zoo.

and its 50,000 homes in danger,

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An important difference between Brisbane and the earlier event in Toowoomba. The anticipated Brisbane floods allow residents time to move to saftey. Hence this is a economic/severe inconvience event. Whilst the flash flooding in Toowoomba and the like is a shear human tragedy. I really hope the Rural communities can recover from this. Cities usually always do.

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jasperandy, yes, Queensland's wet season is usually from January through to the end of March, this time we've added November and December as well.

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It is affecting just 5 % of the population of Brisbane, so I think the govt can handle it.

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goddog,

bit of a uncaring post. If you care to read the news a bit you will see the total area flooded is the size of France and Germany combined, 12 people have already died with many more missing, 200000 people have been affected and the costs look like adding up to at least $5 billion and that is just Queensland. The floods are also affecting other states as well.

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goddog... you need to get your facts a little more correct. Maybe its like 5% of peoples houses affected in Brisbane. But half of brisbane streets are closed off majority of highways are all closed off in the area. I live in Toowoomba and I can't travel outside of it all highways are closed... Many towns are nearly completely submerged (up to roof level of water) As AdamB said the damage is extremely high... I heard on the news just earlier an estimated damage level as of right now is near $6 billion... The water has hardly dropped yet either so more damage is expected. Next time you should think before making a comment that just shows you don't know anything about it.

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Good luck, Australia. Let's hope that dam holds and sunny days lie ahead.

These once-in-a-millennium floods - and droughts - will certainly become more frequent as climate change progresses. Here in Kumamoto, the government has been widening the main river and raising its banks. Anyone who lives in a flood plain should prepare for contingencies.

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goddog, the portion of effect for Brisbane ONLY, might be estimated at 5%, but that is increasing constantly. Brisbane's local government might be able to handly Brisbane alone, but there's the rest of the affected areas, and that tallies to be affecting a lot more. Think of all the farms that have been destroyed ... How much food has been lost? Many coal mines have also been flooded, that's several months of lost coal mining, which equates to a huge loss of power generation. The power regulators have already started turning off the power to large areas in order to conserve power.

As AdamB also said, this is affecting other states too, there are floods in New South Wales and some in Victoria, some in Northern Territory too, and just recently a cyclone (Typhoon/Hurricane) has developed off the western coast of Australia and is starting to cause havoc there too.

Look at the weather maps before saying something, what's happening in Brisbane is small compared to the true state of things in Australia.

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People who live in high rise buildings in the city are being evacuated because the power has to be cut, the CBD is a ghost town, raw sewage is pumping straight into the over flown river. it is a disaster , peoples lives have been turned upside down, some even more unfortunate have lost family and friends, they are estimating up to 2 years before everything is back to normal, the Port is closed and the ships have all gone to open seas, Goddog perhaps you should read a few of the Australian local papers, they at least know where Brisbane is.

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ABC just reported a shark was seen swimming down the main street of one town. Kind of sums up what a terrible situation it is.

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Having lived in Brisbane for 15 years I have to say I am shocked by the pictures I am seeing. Its unimaginable and unthinkable. An absolutely bizzare event.

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I do hope these people are insured for flood damage. Its very hard to get in Australia.

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goddog - It is affecting just 5 % of the population of Brisbane, so I think the govt can handle it.

But it is effecting 100% of the infrastructure

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goddog - i don't know where you are from, but this Brisbane flood is in addition to the other 1,200,000 to 1,500,000 square kilometers (yes million) of already flooded queensland area, as well as perhaps 1/2 that again in NSW, the state south of qld. Japan is only 377,000 km2 and great britain only 240,000 km2. 1/3 of the world coaking & power coal comes from this state and prices are already going up, so where ever you live in the world, you will see the effects of this as coal is being loaded at a very slow rate. wheat production is all but hammered by this event, beef production is affected, the city of Rockhampton which is Australias beef capital, has been in flood for nearly two weeks, so as for your 5% of the brisbane population, yeah not many, but pity about the rest of the state, hey! some coal mines will be months before they can produce again. i hope you learn to get your fact straight before you make insensitive comments about an event you are obviously poorly informed about.

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Thanks to all the Aussies here for adding their detailed information about an area I and possibly many others know little about.

@goddog, I believe you have been schooled.

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The Brisbane CBD is, at least as I post, still operational. A lot of people aren't coming into work though because they either can't make it in from surrounding satellite cities, or they fear they may end up trapped in by flooding. It's certainly not anywhere near being a ghost city, but compared to usual it's very quiet.

I've been very fortunate as I only live about 20 minutes by car south of Brisbane but there's no indication whatsoever here of flooding. Without the reports, you wouldn't even know there was a major disaster zone only 30 minutes away.

And it would be a great surprise if there were any crocodiles floating around here. The odd shark or two that might be around are only the little ones that would barely nibble a toe.

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Hell and Tommy the ignorance of the people my people. Crocodiles no not so far South but Bull Sharks yes. Dont swim in the river or swollen creeks. The Bull Sharks we all love them have gone crazy and are swimming everywhere. Peoples stay out of rivers and creeks. Please.

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it goes to show you NO place on Earth is safe. Ive seen mean comments from Australians on other world Disasters. thinking they are safe from everything. Ive seen the footage on BBC & it looked bad cars floating & being tossed around. i heard 70 were missing. I do hope they get Help also. whether its Haiti, chillie, the US & many other countries do Help & thats they way it should be countries Helping other in times of need.

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