4 Dec 2010

Man missing in Queensland floods

10:51 am on 4 December 2010

An elderly man is missing in central Queensland, as flood waters continue to rise in the eastern states of Australia.

He is feared drowned after his ute was swept off the road while traversing a creek near Rockhamption shortly after 7pm (AEST) on Friday. The ABC reports there is no sign of the vehicle.

More heavy rain is expected over southern Queensland on Saturday afternoon.

A number of roads and highways in the region are already closed.

Residents of Wagga Wagga in New South Wales are on high alert with the Murrumbidgee river due to reach flood levels by Sunday morning.

Disaster zones were declared on Friday around Mudgee, Weddin, Wellington, Warrumbungle, Cootamundra, Coonamble, Harden and Young shires

The ABC reports the situation is improving in Victoria, but residents in the south and south-west have been warned it could be some time before flood waters recede.

Dams in ACT are 100% full for the first time in more than a decade.

ACTEW says it is the best position the dams have been in since 1998.

2010 is already Canberra's wettest year since 1974.