Brian Williams, Liliana Molina and Marg Wenham
January 22, 2008 12:00am
MORE than 1000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes as the likely damage bill from Queensland's floods rises to hundreds of millions of dollars.
Flood waters have surged through the state, cutting roads, swamping coal mines and cutting off towns.
Emerald in central Queensland was bracing last night for major flooding, with the Nogoa River rising fast.
Premier Anna Bligh warned the situation in Emerald and Charleville, to the south, had become critical.
As a state of disaster was declared around Emerald, Ms Bligh said 1000 beds, plus toilets and cooking facilities, were being trucked in to the town's evacuation centre.
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