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Australian flood crisis threatens city and towns

Rural towns in Australia's southeast and the nation's third largest city were on flood watch Friday as rivers surged in a weeklong flood crisis that has created widespread devastation across the continent.Full story

Brisbane races to dig out of muddy mess

  NBC's Ian Williams explains why cleanup crews are racing to dig out out the mud while it is still wet following severe flooding in Brisbane, Australia.

Australian farms, mines count flood losses

A volunteer army was wading through stinking mud and drenched homes Saturday in a massive cleanup operation as floodwaters receded in Australia's third-largest city. Full story

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  After massive flooding, Brisbane begins cleanup

As the flood water receded Friday from one of Australia's largest cities, residents returned to confront the muddied shells of their homes. NBC's Ian Williams reports.

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