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Brisbane Flood Will Now Exceed 1974 Levels: Bligh

4.30pm AEDT – Queensland Premier Anna Bligh says the flood levels in Brisbane are now expected to peak at 21-22 metres, one to two metres above the 1974 levels.

Anna Bligh and Bruce Gray at their 4.10pm press conference on Jan 11, 2011Speaking at her second press conference for the day, Bligh said the flood levels in Ipswich are expected to reach 18-19 metres tonight.

At least 6000 homes in the Brisbane area are at risk of flooding.

Bligh said 6 of the 72 unaccounted for people from last night have been located. Bruce Gray of Emergency Management Services said grave fears are held for the remaining 66. [Read more…]