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Former Deniliquin woman in Queensland floods

Bianca Daniels and her family have been heavily impacted by the recent floods in Queensland.

CASS SAVELLIS February 1, 2013 4:43am

Bianca Daniels took this photo from her car of the Yeppen Bridge on the Bruce Hwy leading into Rockhampton.

Former local Bianca Daniels and her family have experienced the full force of the Queensland floods.

The Daniels family, who lived in Deniliquin from 1993 to 2003 before moving to Queensland, are still battling the rising waters.

Bianca said her mum, who lives in the coastal town of Yeppoon, woke up at 1am last Friday and found herself ankle deep in water in her bedroom.

She has other relatives at Ridgelands, Rockhampton, where it has been flooded since Thursday last week.

‘‘The north side of Rockhampton had no supermarkets open on Friday due to no electricity, no phone lines, and no fresh water,’’ said Bianca, who lives in Gracemere, south-west of Rockhampton.

‘‘They have been receiving food via the State Emergency Services as well as travelling on neighbours boats to Rockhampton for supplies. Damage is not drastic yet, but we’ve had several bridges washed away so my partner can’t get to work and many others cannot get home,’’ she told the Pastoral Times on Wednesday.

With no access to landlines, Bianca said people were relying on online sources for flood details and warnings.

They received information that the flood is expected to peak over the weekend, but water levels cannot be measured due to electrical monitors malfunctioning.

Another member of Bianca’s family has cattle and horses that will be moved to higher ground if the water continues to rise the ‘‘inch per hour’’ as predicted.

‘‘Many people have lost hundreds of cattle, and there are still many missing,’’ Bianca said.

‘‘There are Facebook pages informing us of local road closures and expectancies.

‘‘My in-laws live just behind the (Rockhampton) airport and already have six inches (of water) under the house.

‘‘With the family so spread out, and no communication or access to see them, it really was a pray and hope situation that they were all okay.’’

Bianca attended Deniliquin Christian School.

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