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Goondiwindi peak expected today, clean-up begins


A massive clean-up is under way in Inglewood in southern Queensland after floodwaters ravaged homes and businesses. 

Nearly 1000 people were evacuated from their homes in the town at the start of the week after waters topped 11m, shattering a flood record that had stood since 1988.

Resident Kirsten Brown told 9News the ordeal had been exhausting and “extremely emotional”.

Floods have isolated homes and forced evacuations across southern Queensland. (Nine)

“To see so much work and stuff like that, to lose everything is pretty bad,” she said.

The crisis is still not over with waters at Goondiwindi expected to peak today.

A 10.7m peak is forecast, similar to the devastating 2011 floods.

Just one life has been lost in the floods so far – a 73-year-old Roma man who was washed off a causeway near Toowoomba as he tried to drive across it.

The main street in Inglewood was flooded.
A massive clean-up has begun in Inglewood. (9News)

Police found his body after hours of searching.

But hundreds of calls for help have been made, and police and emergency services have been praised for their rescue efforts.

Police officer Matt Owen rescued four children from floodwaters in Dalby, including a teenage girl clinging to a tree branch.

Tambo resident Steve O'Connor snapped this incredible picture of a storm system bearing down in over Langlo Road last Sunday

Incredible moment storm bears down over rural town

Mr Owen said he was just doing his job, and though not specifically trained in swift water rescue, didn’t think twice before running in.

“When I got to her I asked how she was doing, she was hysterical but I tried to calm her down,” Mr Owen said.

“Definitely not a hero, anyone in that station would have done the same thing.”



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