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Brisbane, Logan prepare for flood

Monday January 28, 2013 - 15:21 EDT

Hundreds of Brisbane residents have begun moving their possessions to higher ground ahead of tomorrow's peak in the Brisbane River.

In scenes reminiscent of 2011, residents of low-lying Brisbane suburbs are preparing their properties for a flood.

Catherine Esler from Milton in the inner west lost almost everything when the first floor of her home went under two years ago.

She has been told the floodwaters will inundate the ground floor of her house this time around.

"It's pretty devastating, it happened two years ago and we're just reliving a nightmare," she said.

The Brisbane River has already begun breaking its banks in low lying areas.

South of Brisbane, residents bordering the Logan and Albert Rivers have been warned to prepare for floods as storm waters rise.

Logan Mayor Pam Parker said 88 properties have been door-knocked in Beenleigh, Eagleby and Mount Warren Park ahead of a peak in the Albert mid-afternoon.

South Maclean is expected to peak at 9pm tonight and Waterford at 6am Tuesday.

"We need our residents to work with us to ensure our community's safety," Cr Parker said.

"As council identifies more properties that are likely to be impacted, we will make contact with residents warning them of any potential risk.

"I want to assure residents this flood is not expected to reach the levels of the 1974 flood, but it is to be taken extremely seriously."

Councillor Parker says data indicates it is a one in 20 year flood event.

Cr Parker said location details of identified evacuation sites will be released if there is a need to evacuate homes.

"We do not want to release any locations at this stage until we can be sure they are accessible to residents," she said.

"The last thing we want to do is put our residents in harm's way by sending them to an evacuation centre that could be isolated by flood waters."


© ABC 2013

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