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Exclusive suburbs hard hit by flood

A month ago, I enjoyed a work Christmas lunch at an up-market jetty restaurant overlooking the Brisbane River. And then, at the height of Brisbane’s floods, I watched in fascination as the jetty housing its outdoor restaurant, floated down the Brisbane River, collided with a bridge and sunk. Ironically, it was called Drift. Stranded in our own little outlying semi-rural suburb, we could only watch in horror and disbelief as we saw footage of familiar stomping grounds swamped by water. Friends phoned to say they were leaving their home with the water lapping window sills. In another picturesque upmarket suburb, two more friends and their families had left their homes with one saying water was expected to reach roof height. The South African couple were renting the property but as many in the suburb, submerged in the 1974 floods, were unable to get flood insurance. They managed to remove a few items including treasured paintings, a washing machine and fridge but feared the worst. As newcomers to the country, we bought our very first home …