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Rising Australian Floodwaters Force Mass Evacuation


People wade through floodwaters in the town of Moree, Northern New South Wales, Australia, February 3, 2012.

People wade through floodwaters in the town of Moree, Northern New South Wales, Australia, February 3, 2012.

An entire Australian town has been ordered to evacuate to higher ground as rising floodwaters race toward record heights.

Officials say the 3,800 residents of St. George in Queensland state have been ordered to abandon their homes before the only remaining exit road is washed out.

The swollen Baloney River is expected to peak at 15 meters.

Authorities say patients from the local hospital have been airlifted to another facility.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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