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Aerial view of Brisbane's flood

The Australian city of Brisbane has woken to widespread flooding, although the peak level is a metre lower than feared, officials say.

The Brisbane River peaked at 4.46m (14.6ft) just before 0530 (1930GMT Wednesday), compared with 5.4m (17.7ft) in the 1974 floods.

Manager of the Queensland Flood Warning Centre, Peter Baddiley, said water levels are expected to slowly recede.

  • 12 Jan 2011