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SA woman tells of Brisbane flood chaos

11 January 2011, 13:36 Hlengiwe Mnguni, News24

Brisbane - A South African woman who has recently immigrated to Brisbane, Australia, has described chaotic scenes to News24 as floods continue to wreak havoc in the city where at least nine people were killed.

"I've seen trees and jetties from yachts flowing down the river. I've never experienced anything like this and it's apparently only going to get worse," 25-year-old Terry Flanagan who is originally from Port Elizabeth told News24 on Tuesday.

"It's been a terrible day, the CBD was evacuated around lunchtime and 32 suburbs have flooded," said Flanagan who is staying in an apartment building overlooking the flooded Brisbane River.

The flooding is expected to worsen with authorities having to release water from the bursting Brisbane Dam which will intensify the deluge, reported Reuters.

Earlier on Tuesday Australian authorities urged residents on the outskirts of the Queensland city to leave the area after raging flood waters killed at least nine people overnight.

According to Brisbane mayor Campbell Newman, around 6 500 homes, businesses and properties would be flooded by Thursday.

"The situation has obviously demonstrably deteriorated, Newman told a news conference."Today is very significant, tomorrow is bad, and Thursday is going to be devastating for the residents and businesses affected."

For Flanagan "sunny BrisVegas" has proved to be filled with anything but sunshine.

"....I got to Brisbane on Friday (January 7) morning. It's been raining ever since (and) I have not seen blue sky once since I've been here," Terry Flanagan said. 

She told of dramatic scenes saying the boardwalk was under water and there were yachts and rescue police boats "flying up and down the river".

For Flanagan, a more dramatic welcome could not have been possible.

"Crazy times, what a welcome to sunny BrisVegas", she told News24.

- News24


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