A New Zealander living in Bundaberg in Queensland is among the thousands evacuating their homes.
Alan Davidson, who moved from Hawke's Bay to Australia two years ago, lives in the northern suburb of Gooburrum.
As he was speaking to Fairfax Media, a televised warning was issued to the people living in northern Bundaberg: "Get out - your life depends on it."
The Burnett River had just burst its banks, about 7 kilometres from his home.
Flooding had already cut off two roads by his home, including the main route into the city centre.
"It's getting a little bit scary, but my main concern is for [my partner] Geraldine.
"She's nearer to the firing line than me, but has the support of police there."
His Kiwi partner worked at one one of the main emergency centres close to the river, but was on her way back to the house to pack some belongings.
Davidson said his home was in the evacuation zone and they were preparing to leave for higher ground
It had been raining heavily since Wednesday and high winds had littered his property with branches and rubbish, he said.
Power had been cut to his house this morning but had since returned.
- The Dominion Post