9 Jan 2011

NZ team arrives in flood-stricken Queensland

5:46 am on 9 January 2011

The New Zealand civil defence team on a mission to help Queenslanders clean up and recover from the state's devastating floods arrived in Brisbane on Saturday.

The 15-strong team will head to the tiny township of Condamine, three hours drive north-west of Brisbane.

Forty-two of the town's 60 homes were inundated when the Condamine River rose to a record 14.25 metres.

On 30 December, Condamine's entire population of 150 evacuated their homes and were ferried by Black Hawk helicopters to nearby townships.

The team's liaison officer, Ian Wilson, says they will be helping clear houses inundated by floodwater, clean mud from public areas and help residents back into their homes.

He says the team will also be helping in the nearby town of Chinchilla and will be in Queensland until at least Wednesday.

Queensland's State Emergency Services Minister, Neil Roberts, says the township faces a long road to recovery and his government appreciates the support from across the Tasman.