Flooding that has been taking place across eastern Australia finally reached the country’s third-largest city. Brisbane is a city of about 2 million that lies 80 miles east of Toowoomba, which saw devastating flash flooding last Monday that killed 10 people and swept away about 90 others. It was estimated that more than 30,000 homes were flooded when the Brisbane River swelled with water from weeks worth of rain, combined with bulging dams and high tides. Aerial views of the city of Brisbane showed little islands of roofs and tree sprouting from the brown floodwater. Many of the houses may never be habitable again. As of today, the water has receded, but it has left behind a thick layer of muddy sludge.
Before the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane was flooded Wednesday, someone outfitted the statue of Queensland’s famous former Rugby League star Wally Lewis with water wings, scuba mask and snorkel. Ninety percent of the ground in the premier football venue was underwater. Late reports indicate that the statue survived.