Tense waiting game for Brisbane residents as water levels rise
Residents use a boat to cross a street in Brisbane, Australia as water levels rise.
January 12th, 2011
11:58 AM ET

Tense waiting game for Brisbane residents as water levels rise

Anxious Brisbane residents scooped up flashlights and batteries, raided grocery store shelves for supplies and carted valuables away from the reach of rising waters Wednesday as the region prepared for what the Queensland premier described as "the worst natural disaster in our history."

A wave of water was sweeping through the city's main river system and the prediction was ominous.

The Brisbane River, which cuts through the city center, was expected to rise beyond the record set in 1974 when it broke its banks, flooding more than 6,000 homes and killing 14 people.

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  1. look at what he said

    O MY GOD

    January 12, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. look at what he said

    Please don't kill anybody god don't let the waves kill anybody please don't let anybody die please please please

    January 12, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. david crowley

    Nice job Whiteman! To just assume all of us know where Brisbane is.I send all my prayers to those poor chaps in Brisbane,AU

    January 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |