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Whirlpool opens in Brisbane flood

A whirlpool churning through floodwaters on a submerged football field has terrified locals trying to survive the worst deluge they’ve ever seen.

Michael Hall from Brisbane shared a video of the worrying sight on Monday on a sports oval in the southeast Queensland floods.

The swirling water picked up floating debris and litter, making it look like ‘the gates of hell’ to onlookers.

Michael Hall from Brisbane shared a video on Monday of a whirlpool formed on a sports oval in the southeast Queensland floods

A man used a kayak to get around in Milton on Monday as flood waters continued to submerge roads

A man used a kayak to get around in Milton on Monday as flood waters continued to submerge roads

The magnitude of damage is being realised in Lismore, NSW, on Tuesday following the flood of the Wilson River

The magnitude of damage is being realised in Lismore, NSW, on Tuesday following the flood of the Wilson River

Whirlpools are formed from currents heading in two different directions colliding, a circumstance that can easily happen on chaotic floods.

The devastating flood in southeast Queensland has submerged at least 15,000 Brisbane homes and cut off power to 53,000 more.

Eight people have been killed in Queensland’s worst floods since 2011 and at least another four are missing.

The Brisbane River peaked at 3.85m at 8am on Monday and 140 suburbs were issued flood warnings.

Silver Street in Windsor, Brisbane, was severely flooded on Monday, leaving parked cars stranded

Silver Street in Windsor, Brisbane, was severely flooded on Monday, leaving parked cars stranded

A massive clean-up effort of flood debris will be needed at Hawethorne Ferry Terminal

A massive clean-up effort of flood debris will be needed at Hawethorne Ferry Terminal

Another catastrophic peak of 3.7m is expected on Tuesday.

Over 1,000 homes have been submerged in Gympie, 188 km north of Brisbane, and hundreds of Queenslanders have been forced to evacuate flooded properties. 

Lismore, northeast NSW, is facing its worst ever flood crisis following the collapse of the town’s levee.

Residents in Lismore were urgently;y evacuated on Monday following the collapse of the town's levee

Residents in Lismore were urgently;y evacuated on Monday following the collapse of the town’s levee

Residents were rushed from flooded homes in Lismore on Monday as the Wilson River rose to its highest recorded point

Residents were rushed from flooded homes in Lismore on Monday as the Wilson River rose to its highest recorded point

Flood water threatened to completely swallow houses in Lismore as reports emerged of locals hearing screams from people trapped inside their flooded homes

Flood water threatened to completely swallow houses in Lismore as reports emerged of locals hearing screams from people trapped inside their flooded homes

Lismore residents were forced to evacuate the flooded town on Monday morning. 

Horrific reports of residents hearing people trapped by flood water screaming from their homes have emerged while desperate pleas for help were spread online.

As of Tuesday morning, nine Lismore residents were unaccounted for and 400 were still awaiting rescue. 

Residents scrambled to rescue neighbours and pets from floodwaters in Lismore on Monday

Residents scrambled to rescue neighbours and pets from floodwaters in Lismore on Monday

Locals in boats, SES and emergency crews, and the military assisted with the desperate evacuation and rescues in Lismore

Locals in boats, SES and emergency crews, and the military assisted with the desperate evacuation and rescues in Lismore

Emergency services have been applauded online for their caring nature when helping Lismore residents, particularly children and the elderly

Emergency services have been applauded online for their caring nature when helping Lismore residents, particularly children and the elderly

On Monday morning Lismore’s mayor, Steve Krieg, urged anyone with a boat to help a pregnant woman stranded on her roof.

‘As widespread flooding in the Northern Rivers district of NSW and can get to Engine Street in South Lismore, there’s a pregnant lady sitting on her roof. HELP please,’ he wrote.

There were also concerns for disabled members of the community following reports of a mother with muscular dystrophy trapped on her bunk bed surrounded by flood waters and a wheelchair-bound man unable to escape his home.

Photos show a number of boats rescuing Lismore residents on Monday as 400 locals remain trapped in their flooded homes

Photos show a number of boats rescuing Lismore residents on Monday as 400 locals remain trapped in their flooded homes

Floodwater continued to rise in Lismore as severe weather warnings were issued for the region

Floodwater continued to rise in Lismore as severe weather warnings were issued for the region

Lismore residents desperately grabbed prized possessions and furry family members to rescue from the floods

Lismore residents desperately grabbed prized possessions and furry family members to rescue from the floods

Locals have reported instances of trapped neighbours cutting their corrugated iron roofs to escape rising water.

The Wilson River, which runs through Lismore, passed 14m and broke the town’s previous record by almost two metres.

Locals in boats, emergency services, and the military all assisted with the large-scale evacuation effort.

The Wilson River, which runs through Lismore, passed 14 metres and broke the town's previous record by almost two metres, as evacuation efforts continued

The Wilson River, which runs through Lismore, passed 14 metres and broke the town’s previous record by almost two metres, as evacuation efforts continued

The military arrived in Lismore following an overwhelming rescue and evacuation mission by locals and SES in Lismore on Monday

The military arrived in Lismore following an overwhelming rescue and evacuation mission by locals and SES in Lismore on Monday

Disaster struck Howard Smith Wharves in Brisbane on Monday when a pontoon carrying a crane was broke free from its mooring

Disaster struck Howard Smith Wharves in Brisbane on Monday when a pontoon carrying a crane was broke free from its mooring

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Monday that residents effected by the catastrophic floods will be eligible for a disaster recovery payment.

Eligible adults will receive $1000 and eligible children will receive $400 which can be accessed through Services Australia.

Disaster struck Howard Smith Wharves in Brisbane on Monday when a pontoon carrying a crane was broke free from its mooring, closing Story Bridge.

Queensland SES have urged anyone in the area to evacuate immediately.

Queensland’s death toll rose to eight on Monday after Surf lifesavers found the bodies of a man in his 50s and his dog in a submerged car in the Currumbin Valley.

The travelling crane closed off Story Bridge, Brisbane, as authorities continue to monitor the situation

The travelling crane closed off Story Bridge, Brisbane, as authorities continue to monitor the situation

The loose pontoon crane travelled down the river after breaking free from its flooded mooring

The loose pontoon crane travelled down the river after breaking free from its flooded mooring

The pair were swept off the road hours earlier after driving 30 to 40 metres into floodwaters.

However a young father has been found in the Goodna region after disappearing on Sunday night.

Cameron Rogers, 32, had travelled to his flooded Brisbane home to collect pets and move personal belonging on Sunday. 

He later contacted a friend to meet at the Goodna train station but was not seen or heard from since.

The massive damage left by flooding revealed itself at Windsor Chemist Warehouse on Monday as staff worked to clean the debris

The massive damage left by flooding revealed itself at Windsor Chemist Warehouse on Monday as staff worked to clean the debris

Mr Rogers’ frantic sister told Nine News the family are beside themselves.

‘She tells me the police and SES have been checking his home. He’s not there. His car remains at the train station. So far there has been no sign of Cameron this morning,’ reporter Jess Millward said.

Police have since confirmed Mr Rogers has since been found in the Goodna area alive and well.

Mitchellton Football Club's field in Brisbane has been left destroyed by floodwater on Monday

Mitchellton Football Club’s field in Brisbane has been left destroyed by floodwater on Monday

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Monday that residents effected by the catastrophic floods will be eligible for a disaster recovery payment

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Monday that residents effected by the catastrophic floods will be eligible for a disaster recovery payment

QUEENSLAND FLOODS – KEY FIGURES 

Current Brisbane River peak is lower than 2011 emergency with a current high of 3.85m compared to 4.46m 11 years ago

No trains are running in Brisbane and all bus routes have been suspended

Gold Coast trams are currently operating

More than 1,000 schools across the state are closed

1,544 Queenslanders are in evacuation centres

15,000 Brisbane homes have been impacted by the severe weather

3,600 homes in Gympie have been effected

There are 51,000 homes across Queensland that have no power

Bremmer River has peaked at 17m

Maryborough River is expected to peak Monday

Logan and Albert rivers are being closely monitored

CRITICAL INFORMATION TO REMEMBER 

  • Never drive, ride or walk through floodwater.
  • Stack possessions, records, stock or equipment on benches and tables, placing electrical items on top.
  • Secure objects that are likely to float and cause damage.
  • Relocate waste containers, chemicals and poisons well above floor level.
  • Activate your Home or Business Emergency Plan.
  • Keep listening to your local radio station for information, updates and advice.
  • Keep in contact with your neighbours.
  • Be prepared to evacuate if advised by emergency services.
  • Act early as roads may become congested or close.

 Source: NSW SES 


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