Friday, December 31st 2010, 12:44 PM
Australia may have to change its nickname to the land down underwater.
The floods are the result of last week's heavy rains that pounded the state of Queensland, causing rivers to overflow.
"Authorities think there will be a very large group of people who will be homeless in the next 24 hours," she said.
A wallaby is stranded in the middle of floodwaters. Skerman/AP
"We've seen lots of panic buying of food. Shelves in shopping centers are empty," Rockhampton resident Petros Khalesirad said.
The floods cover an area bigger than the state of Texas. Norrish/Getty
Resident Sandy Kiddle described the flooding to Gillard, saying, "It was just a sea of water."
"I thought the beach would never come to our house," she said.
With News Wire Services