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This is my second posting from January 12th 2011 - the day the Brisbane River broke it's banks.

This photo of a man swimming towards a house was taken in Milton very close to Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park). At the time this photo was taken the river levels were rising rapidly - they peaked at 4.6metres at 4am the following morning. This level was well below the 1974 flood of 5.45metres, 1893 flood of 8.35metres and 1841 flood of 8.43metres. The Wivenhoe Dam which was built after the 1974 flood and completed in 1985 protected Brisbane from a repeat of these earlier flood levels. However Brisbane is now a city of approximately 2 million people and much building development has taken place close to the river. The flood of January 13 2011 has devastated much of Brisbane. However the community spirit within our city has been phenomenal and higher than expected numbers of people have been volunteering to clean-up.

Today,4 days after this photo was taken, I drove past this blue house. The waters have receded, much of the pungent mud has been washed away, the water damaged contents of this house have been removed - and I noticed that this man would be swimming over a white picket fence.

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Additional Photos by Marlene Fegan (mafegan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 859 W: 98 N: 1396] (8626)
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