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Background: The effects of cyclone Daisy in Brisbane. Thousands of householders today found themselves encircled by flood waters.
Good evening James Dibble in Sydney. Cyclone Daisy has turned slightly to sea as it loses force just off Brisbane. Its impact is still being felt along the centre of Australia's east coast. The widespread effects of flooding from the cyclone caused serious disruptions in Brisbane, where boats became the most practical means of transport. The New market area on Brisbane's north side was one of the many areas isolated by the flood waters.
Tonight police assisted by volunteers are still evacuating people. The Red Cross has set up an emergency relief centre in the St. George's Church of England in Windsor to serve hot meals and issue clothing to flood victims.
Police say some householders have lost parts of their homes and personal possessions.
Cars under houses and on the roadways were covered by water in many areas. Police and road authorities were inundated with calls from stranded motorists.
A caravan caught in flood waters had to be towed to higher ground. The/ABC cameraman who took this film said flood waters were generally from five to side feet deep in Sydney's Milton area.
The cyclone has claimed at least one life so far -- Donald Walker, 31, died at Maryborough in Queensland when he touched fallen power lines. The drenching rains brought by Daisy has caused flooding in many rivers in queensland -- at Gympie, one-hundred miles north of Brisbane -- people have been evacuated from their homes.
At Murwillumbah on the New South Wales north coast, 300-families have been moved out of reach of the rising Tweed River.
Civil Defence authorities said the, river was over the levy bank and still rising. The area controller of civil Defence, Mr. Rus Biard said today his men had about five hours warning before the levy banks were broken and the local radio station had advised people flooding was expected.
Flood warnings are current for rivers on the north coast.
On the north coast and in Queensland police have criticised sight seeing motorists who were touring the flooded areas. They said many motorists were hampering relief efforts, and many of the sight seers were themselves getting into difficulties as their cars were stalling in the flood waters.