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RAAF Hercules on Qld flood rescue mission

That time of year again in sunny Queensland....

A RAAF Hercules has been sent to evacuate patients from a flood-threatened hospital in outback Queensland to hospitals in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

The C-130 transport aircraft was to land at St George, in the state's southwest, on Sunday afternoon.

The mission is one of several strategies to get residents out of the path of what's likely to be a record-breaking flood.

Buses will also evacuate St George residents without their own transport to nearby Dalby - where an evacuation centre will be set up - before access to the town is cut.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk told ABC Radio the city's RNA Showgrounds will be set up as a recovery centre for St George residents.

"So we're ready. We're on standby and should the need arise, we'll be ready to whip into action," Mr Quirk said.

SES and council crews from Brisbane have already

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Added: Feb-5-2012 Occurred On: Feb-5-2012
By: DirtyUncleBerty
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Location: St George, Queensland, Australia (load item map)
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