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- AN eerie calm enveloped Brisbane's Central Business District this morning as the inner city awoke to a watery sun.
The CBD generally comes alive on weekdays about 6am with cafes and coffee shops doing a roaring trade with morning workers, the Courier-Mail reports.
The back streets behind the shopping centres are generally crammed with deliverymen and the main arterial roads carry thousands of vehicles as tradesmen head north and south to work sites.
However, this morning the roads were virtually deserted and as one observer remarked you could actually hear a pin drop.
A Courier Mail team counted just 11 cars heading south on Ann Street over a five minutes period - usually at the same time of the morning it would be 800.
Police have warned all Brisbane residents to avoid travelling to the city center if at all possible today as a record flood threat looms.
Police and SES volunteers are also evacuating homes in Brisbane's west as Brisbane mayor Campbell Newman warns some areas could go completely under.