Aerial view of floods in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
5 January 2011 Last updated at 14:03 GMT
Flood preparations in the Australian city of Rockhampton are being put to the test with water levels set to peak.
The Fitzroy river which flows through the Queensland city is at 9.2m (30ft) and expected to hit 9.4m, having already swamped hundreds of acres.
The BBC's Nick Bryant reports from a helicopter above Rockhampton.