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Charlotte Bull, 22, captured on video the terrifying moments when freak flood hit her parents' home

THIS is the video that shows the terror and fear that swept through the Lockyer Valley, riding on the back of a killer flood.

The horrifying video footage shows the moment the freak flood devastated the tiny Lockyer Valley township of Postmans Ridge.

Charlotte Bull, 22, shot the footage on her mobile phone as she scrambled to the second floor of her parents' Murphys Creek Rd property.

She can be heard in the background screaming in shock as the floodwaters race through her backyard, tearing away the family's belongings.

Their work truck, cars and furniture are swept up in the water.

Charlotte, sister Elizabeth Suzuki and her husband Yohei, and their parents Catherine and Barry Bull can only pray their home is not washed away.

``Oh my God,'' Catherine yells repeatedly in the footage, obtained by The Sunday Mail.

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A panicked Elizabeth says in the background: ``No-one is listening to me. The house is going to be flooded. We need to get on the roof.''

Her mother, Catherine, can be heard to say: ``I feel like throwing up. I feel so sick.''

As the waters rise she is forced to watch as a lifetime's possessions are washed away:

``My pillows from the loungeroom. My lounge. Oh my God, the cupboard with all our treasures.''

Barry Bull was the voice of calm in the crisis, assuring his family: ``We'll be right.''

The footage is the first to emerge of the flood as it happened in the shattered area, and shows how water converged from multiple angles.

Bruce Warhurst, 60, and Sylvia Baillie, 73, were swept away with their entire homes from neighbouring properties just hundreds of metres away and remain missing.

When the flood hit, the Bull family raced to the second floor of their five-bedroom rendered-brick home.

Barry Bull climbed onto furniture and up into the ceiling's manhole.

His family followed him in and spent two hours holed up in the ceiling cavity.

His wife Catherine, a medical centre manager, watched as the water took her cedar chiffonier sideboard that belonged to her great-grandmother.

She also lost her 135-year-old Ronisch piano, given to her as a seven-year-old, and thought she was going to lose her life.

``I rang my mum and said `this is it mum, I love you, we're going'. I've never felt that close to being a goner,'' Catherine said.

``I thought 'how are we going to get on the roof and stand there without being killed?'.''

The Bull family's business Withcott Towing has been devastated and their insurance will fall well short of covering their losses.

CommInsure told the family that because it was a flash flood they were covered for only 15 per cent of building damage and 25 per cent of contents.

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  • Your piano, your pillows, your chair...WHAT ABOUT YOUR LIFE?!!! Get the hell out of there, FFS..

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  • At least they were not hurt and their dogs survived.

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  • Materialistic bullshit... Worried about her dining room chair during an event that could very well wash the house away and everyone in it, killing them all; yet a pillow and her piano are what concerns her. Good lesson for all of us: Our stuff is not what we should place so much importance on so much as ourselves and those we love.

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    • C'mon man these people lost all of their stuff. I don't care who you are, or how much insurance you have, it is utterly devastating. Try to place yourself in their shoes and imagine losing everything you have.

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    • I believe they were in shock, just stunned by the sheer amount of water. I bet everyone there was afraid of his dear life, yet no one spoke about it.

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    • Exactly I'd be worried for the collapse of the house and start preparing a makeshift boat/pontoon just in case.

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  • Impossible to capture the reality of that situation on film. And absolutely ignorant to criticize people for what they say in this video. When your entire reality is literally being WASHED THE FUCK AWAY I know by experience that there is a flood of emotion that goes along with it. That "pillow" or even that damned RUG that you've been stepping on for sixteen years suddenly becomes the most precious thing in the world as it floats out of sight. It's not "materialistic" per se. More..

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  • I hope they have insurance. That just broke my heart to hear them and watch their possessions wash away like that.

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  • Very sad, but it would have been awesome if she mentioned LiveLeak.

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  • this is the white version of new orleans after katrina just horrible

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    You dumb fuckerzzz who say they should get out......stfu

    They estimate that a wall of water that hit the town was rising at 4 metres a second......

    do the maths you pieces of trash

    the town that was hit hardest was 400 metres below from where the water originated...
    they couldn't get......
    some people just don't have any idea what just happened

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  • I would have left long before the water got that bad; better material lost than lives.

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    • You'd be surprised how absolutely FAST flash floods can engulf an entire neighborhood. This is why a person's normal course of action is to just run upstairs, even up to the rooftop, for safety.

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    • I gather that the surge flooded in very suddenly, right?

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    • Several people responsed to my original comment so I am going to try to sum all three in this one. I noticed in the start of the film, the water level was high but not excatly flash flood as it showed (after the camera was apparently turned off) so my comment was because it was hard to tell how long they were in the house before the flash flood happened. So my point was they should have left when the water was at the lowest point (at beginning) or never should have returned until the water was d More..

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  • very sad situation

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  • OMG my Roid Ointment!

    OMG my toothpicks!

    OMG my PUDDIN! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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  • Ugh, some of the downright ignorant comments here are appalling, and oh so typical of keyboard commandos.

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  • Just a note to all the fucking idiots who say they should have got out of there - IT WAS A FLASH FLOOD! Where would they go, since the house was surrounded by deep, fast moving water? And, to those who call them shallow, they are in shock and are watching everything they have taken away and are terrified that they are going with it. Seriously, the empathy and intelligence of most commenters here is around 0%.

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  • For those ignorant of what happened. This flood water came down as a raging wall of water from the high country. People had no warning nor time to get out. It shocked a lot of people as it did the people in this video. Lives were lost and two families are still missing. A whole town went was destroyed and the police, Army and forensic experts are the only inhabitants there searching for more missing and deceased. This all happened about 50 kilometres from me and I write this from my bedroom upst More..

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    • Thanks for the backgrounder. Now, as to this bit:

      "CommInsure told the family that because it was a flash flood they were covered for only 15 per cent of building damage and 25 per cent of contents."

      In the U.S. flood insurance is separate from ordinary house & fire insurance. How about there?

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    • Flood insurance is still a bit of a black area here. You can take it out but you have to read the very small fine print that's usually hidden under the fine print in your insurance policy. Most insurance companies will insure against water [flood] if it comes through the roof. If it comes from a swollen river or creek, street runoff or anywhere from ground level, they won't cover you if it's specifically not on the policy. If you want comprehensive cover it costs you. And even if you specificall More..

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  • The video is NOT about the "stuff" its about the actual event and how there was no warning the way the water hit the town.....4 metres a second....hang on lets get all the "stuff" upstairs...google queensland floods for video to see what I am on about......
    I suggest Biggles remove the audio then see the comments........."change"

    mongrels

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  • Good luck to all our Aussie friends.

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  • Women often don't realize that video is never supposed to be recorded in 'portrait' orientation.

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  • I can just picture a homeless guy pulling her piano out of the mud and playing it in a squatter's shack.

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  • stupid fucks put the cam down and stop bitching bout every item. just worry bout getting the fuck 2 safty

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  • Sad! Very sad!!

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  • Shock makes people say some interesting things. Glad the people and the pets stayed safe.

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  • Glad you are posting these Biggles9, the mainstream media in the US is barely covering the devestation. One would think that Fox news,(R. Murdoch, founder) who is from Melbourne, would insist on more footage. I have seen 1-2 reports on Fox of the flooding.

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  • must be heart breaking to watch all your stuff just washin away like that very sad

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  • Sad.

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