Ipswich a city under siege
IPSWICH is a city under siege as flooding slowly rises to an expected peak of 20.5m in the next hour.
At last report the river was at 19.5m.
Most of the city is without electricity and the city centre is under water, with graphic images of the submerged shopping precinct making headlines across the world.
Locals are out on the street in force, watching the eerie brown sea devouring more and more buildings, as residents flee, sometimes with only what they are wearing.
At last report 1100 people were in evacuation centres, with 3000 homes affected. That number is expected to rise to 4000 if the river hits 20.5m.
The city centre, Goodna and Bundamba are among the worst-hit areas, with Leichhardt, Basin Pocket, East Ipswich, Moores Pocket, Brassall and Woodend among others that are suffering.
In all, 43 streets have been closed so far.