Streets in flood-hit Brisbane are under water

19:06, January 12, 2011      

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Streets in New Farm, one of Australia's third largest city of Brisbane's most popular suburbs, are submerged after the nearby Brisbane River burst its banks on Wednesday morning, the Australian Associated Press reported.

Dozens of businesses in New Farm are shut and sandbagged, residents have moved to higher ground and whole roads are closed.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman said five evacuation centres have been set up in the city, which can accommodate more than 16,000 people and more centres could be opened.

He told reporters on the banks of the rising Brisbane River that he was worried some residents were leaving their homes too late and repeated warnings for people to evacuate now if their homes were at risk.

He did not have any fresh information about the number of properties flooded across the city so far, but earlier forecasts that 19,700 homes would be affected still stood.

Brisbane has all but shut down as it awaits the flood peak to hit early on Thursday.

"There are many flooded roads across the city of Brisbane, 106 roads are currently closed, current modelling suggests that 1,657 roads will be partially or completely flooded," he said.

Source: Xinhua

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