Brisbane Floods: Evacuation Intensifies for Brisbane Floods

In this photo released by the Northern Territory Police, four German tourists are safely rescued from the flooded Magela Creek, near Jabiru, Australia, Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. Drenching rain that started before Christmas has flooded an area the size of France and Germany combined. (AP Photo/Northern Territory Police)

Brisbane is facing one of its worst floods since 1893 and evacuations continue.

The third-largest city in Australia is facing floods from swollen rivers and heavy rain. Flash floods in Queensland left 10 dead and 78 missing this month.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said officials believe Brisbane will be hit even harder.

We are facing one of our toughest tests, Bligh said. We are now in a very frightening experience. We continue to hold very grave fears for the missing.

Evacuations are intensifying. About 9,000 properties will be inundated, Bligh said.

We do need to brace ourselves for a significant death toll, Bligh said. If youre asked to leave your property, dont make the job harder.

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