BRISBANE, Australia — Continued flash flooding, including what has been described as an "an inland tsunami" bearing down on Brisbane, has saturated Queensland, Australia. After three weeks of rain, communities are underwater, homes have been destroyed and the personal toll stands at 78 missing and 30 presumed dead.Massive service disruptions have hit Queensland's mutuals, including credit unions and building societies, which are dealing with operational challenges as well as attempting to help members cope with what authorities have described as the worst floods in Australia's history. Heritage Building Society, based in Toowoomba, has closed multiple branches and enacted hardship provisions for its members, including postponing loan payments and adjusting credit contract terms, according to Bill Armagnacq, the assistant CEO.
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