More rain worsens floods in Australia

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 8, 2011 11:14

BRISBANE, Australia— Almost a foot (300 millimeters) of rain in just a few hours renewed flood fears in Australia's already waterlogged Queensland state Saturday, sending a surging river over its banks and into another large town.

Officials said about only 20 buildings in Maryborough, where about 22,000 people live, were expected to be flooded after the river burst its banks in the overnight downpour. The waters were expected to peak on Sunday.

"A number of businesses ... will have floodwaters in their basements," Mayor Mick Kruger said.

But the new flooding was a reminder that the state has almost no capacity to absorb more heavy rains after weeks of drenching tropical weather submerged an area the size of Germany and France combined.


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