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‘Situation continues to deteriorate’: QLD floods

To read the latest Crikey liveblog on the Queensland floods, head here.

A torrent of water swept through Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley yesterday afternoon, devastating the region with flash flooding and leaving nine dead and 66 missing. Brisbane, Ipswich and surrounding areas are preparing for flood waters. Crikey will be updating this story tomorrow.

8:40 pm The death of four-year-old boy swept into the floods at Marburg during a rescue attempt of his family takes the latest flood death toll to ten, announced Premier Anna Bligh.

The missing persons number has risen to 78, with “grave concerns” for 18 of those people. All of those missing are in the Toowoomba/Lockyer region.

4:30 pm “The situation continues to deteriorate”, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh told a recent press conference, as she confirmed the death of one other person (not the five recently reported). This takes the death toll in the Toowomba/Lockyer floods to nine people, with 66 still missing.

The death toll could double, warns Bligh, with the 66 missing mainly in Grantham and Murphys Creek. Grave concerns are held for citizens in Murphys Creek, as emergency workers have unable to enter Murphys Creek due to risky conditions and overflowing creeks.

Current modelling shows that this flood will be worse than the infamous 1974 floods in both Brisbane and Ipswich, says Bligh. “Upswich and Brisbane are facing their greatest threat and toughest test in 35 years.”

Flood levels in Brisbane are expected to rise to three metres overnight, reaching 4.5 metres on Wednesday afternoon. On Friday the floods are expected to overtake the 1974 record of 5.45 metres, says Bligh.

In Ipswich flood levels are around the 18-19 metre mark, expected to peak during Wednesday at 21-22 metres. In comparison, the 1974 mark was 20.4 metres. 14 people lost their lives in the 1974 floods.

However, fears for 50 people in a Grantham primary school seem unfounded, with news that 60 people are there in a safe area and will stay there for the time being.

Bligh announced that press conferences will be held every two hours throughout this evening and tomorrow — and perhaps longer, depending on what happens — to keep the public informed and updated of the latest weather and flood levels. The critical problem is that rain is continuing to fall, resulting in rapid changes to emergency plans and models as flood levels rise above expected levels.

We are facing one of our toughest ever tests. We will only pass this test if we are patient, patient when waiting on hold and listen to instructions. Now is not the time to panic, it’s the time to reach out to each other and listen to our emergency workers.”

4:00 pm “We are in uncharted territory”, declared Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman, as he warned that 6,500 Brisbane properties in 80 suburbs will experience ”significant flooding” of over half a metre or more in coming days.

Thursday will be “the worst time” for flooding in Brisbane, and residents need to be warned and start preparing their properties for likely flooding.

We’re going to provide the most accurate and up to date information but I want to stress that the situation has changed remarkably from hour to hour.”

An evacuation centre has been set up at the RNA Showgrounds at Bowen Hills for those wishing to evacuate of their own accord, but Newman did recommend residents stay at home where possible or stay with family and friends.

Newman spoke of the 1893 flood, where Brisbane experienced three floods in three weeks.

The Brisbane council has revised down the number of properties expected to experience severe flooding from over 8,000 businesses and homes down to 6,500. Figures currently expect 16,000 properties to suffer partial flooding.

A list of Brisbane suburbs at risk has been released by the council. Flooding is expected in these suburbs in the coming days.

Albion
Auchenflower
Bowen Hills
Brisbane City
Bulimba
Chelmer
Coorparoo
East Brisbane
Fairfield
Fig Tree Pocket
Fortitude Valley
Graceville
Hemmant
Indooroopilly
Kangaroo Point
Lytton
Milton
Moggill
Murrarie
New Farm
Newstead
Norman Park
Oxley
Pinkenba
Rocklea
Sherwood
South Brisbane
Tennyson
Yeronga
Yerongpilly
Windsor
Wacol

Despite high demand, Brisbane City Council has advised that sandbags are still on offer to residents.

Sandbags are available for collection at the following locations:

Darra Works Depot, Shamrock Street, Darra
Morningside Works Depot, 9 Redfern Street, Morningside
Zillmere Works Depot, 33 Jennings Street, Zillmere
Newmarket SES Depot, 66 Wilston Road, Newmarket
BCW Stafford/Kedron, 7 Brockman Street, Kedron

Plus, these photos of people panic buying in supermarkets and empty shelves were bottled water once sat, posted on Twitter by Sam Hegarty, show the level of concern in Brisbane today.

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3:15 pm

A look at the latest photos from Twitter on the floods.

Photos from Brisbane, posted by @nathan_m. Riverwalk:

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Traffic in a standstill over Story Bridge.

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@TrevyJames on Twitter posted a picture of a jetty floating down the river.

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And of Southbank

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Also, Sky News reports that 1,700 people are stranded in NSW floods, so let’s remember it’s not just Queensland struggling today.

2:50 pm

It has been confirmed (having said that, neither Sky News nor ABC have confirmed the reports) that five more bodies have been found in the Lockyer Valley, taking the death toll to 13 in the last 24 hours.

Still no news on the 50 people who took shelter from the floods in a primary school in Grantham. Reports are all over the place, notes Ninemsn:

There are conflicting reports of what has happened to those sheltering in the primary school with a Nine Network reporter saying 15 to 20 people have been rescued so far this morning.

But a Grantham resident told ninemsn she heard the school had been washed away.

Phones and power are cut off to the town and little contact has been made. As Jenny Dillon reports in the Daily Telegraph:

26-year-old Jason Cubit spent the night ferrying about 100 distraught and dishevelled residents of Grantham through the dark to shelter on higher ground at the nearby Helidon Hall.

The residents had been rescued from the roofs of their houses as the flood waters rose at alarming speed to engulf the town and wreak unprecedented and unbelievable havoc.

I made about a dozen trips until about 4am,” Mr Cubit said. “There was about 90 to 100 people in total. There were about a dozen kids, plus their cats and dogs.

They were just climbing out of their windows and onto the roofs where they were picked up by these huge bulldozers, which were going around plucking people off all the roofs like a cherry picker.

The Brisbane River banks have broken with much of the CBD is empty as citizens are going home and seeking higher ground. There has been much debate on Twitter whether or not the Brisbane public transport system would be closing at 2pm, however latest news from Queensland Police say the public transport system is not being stopped and the Brisbane CBD has not been evacuated. Having said that, there are reports of very busy train stations and networks as people frantically try to get home.

If you’d like to keep an eye out on the rising waters, check out this webcam in Caboolture and this one by the Brisbane River:

1:50 pm

Unconfirmed reports on Sky News saying another five bodies have been found in the Lockyer Valley.

1:30pm

It has been incredible harrowing circumstances over the last 24 hours” said PM Julia Gillard, in the recent press conference about the Queensland flooding.

I have made it very clear to Queensland Premier Anna Bligh that any resource she needs from the Australian Defence Force will be made available.”

Gillard spoke of how Black Hawk helicopters have been used for evacuations, military trucks — large enough to go where other vehicles cannot — are taking supplies around and other military supplies are being used.

Gillard confirmed that Australia has taken up an offer of New Zealand personnel, and other offers from neighbours China, East Timor, Indonesia have been made.

We’ve seen nations donate money in the past… and we have also sourced expertise that may be strained in Australia in the past, such as disaster victim identification.” Emergency management leaders in Queensland will establish if these offers of expertise and personnel are taken up.

Gillard spoke about the “power of nature” that Australia deals with, noting how Australia was dealing with flooding in Queensland and NSW and bushfires in WA.

To everyone who has helped so courageously and so consistently, I give my thanks.”

I would like to say to the people of Queensland that I understand the last few days have been very harrowing and there are more dark days ahead. But the spirit of Queensland means that people face this with courage and determination…To the people of Queensland, Australians are thinking of you and anything that the Australian nation can do to assist the people of Queensland in these difficult days, we will do.”

1:00 pm

Suburbs across Brisbane are being evacuated, including businesses in Fortitude Valley, New Farm and West End.

The banks of the Brisbane river have broken. These two photos tweeted from Simon Groth from the State Library just an hour apart show how quickly the water is rising.

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Caboolture is also being evacuated, with this image being shown on the Queensland Police Facebook page. At first it was just low-lying areas, now it is all residents.

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Low lying areas of Strathpine are also being evacuated.

300 people are being evacuated by air in Forest Hill, says Queensland Police.

The amount of water involved in the flooding is more than the floods of 1974, reports the Courier-Mail. But those floods were pre the Wivenhoe Dam being built.

While sand bags are a great way to stop flooding, there seems to be a wait on them:

A 2 hour line up for sandbags at some Brisbane government centres,” tweeted Brad Wood.

And concerning news from the Courier-Mail.

They’re tying up the crocs at Australia Zoo lest the floods get high enough for them to swim away.

Just in case you needed any further reasons to stay out of the water…

12:20 pm

This photo from @popebrentus on Twitter shows the Queensland State Library right on the edge of the flood waters. It was taken in Southbank, from George St.

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There are also reports that Vodafone has stopped working in Queensland.

Just been told Vodafone is down in all of Queensland for an undetermined period. Check back in 24 hours, I’m told without apology,” tweeted News Ltd technology editor Jen Dudley-Nicholson.

Optus is also apparently down. Emergency services have apparently asked that only emergency calls are made as lines are getting blocked.

Low-lying areas of Caboolture and Strathpine are now getting evacuated.

Latest news is that Brisbane River has broken its banks. Updates to come shortly.

12:00 pm

Queensland Police is constantly updating its Facebook page with warnings about emergency alerts. Latest ones include:

An Emergency Alert has been issued for flash flooding in Forest Hill. All residents should warn neighbours, secure your belongings and evacuate to the School of Arts Hall, Railway Street, Forest Hill.

and

Anyone with a boat currently on the Brisbane River, if it is safe to do so it is advised to move it out to either Moreton Bay or Bramble Bay. Please exercise extreme caution as substantial debris has fallen into parts of the river. Only move your boat if it is safe to do so. Do not risk your life to save your property.

Reports are coming in about businesses in West End, Brisbane being evacuated.

Several days ago Nick Earls wrote a piece in the New York Times that is worth a revisit if you missed it the first time around. Particularly poetic since it was even before the latest flooding.

All maps of Queensland are deceptive. They show inland plains crossed by rivers, always colored blue. It’s tempting to imagine riverboats hauling freight, green fields stretching out from either bank, industrial towns and cities drawing water for their factories.

What the maps don’t reveal is that the rivers are often only possibilities. Many are dry for years, their waters long since soaked up by the parched ground and left as a chain of water holes.

The maps also don’t say that, every few years, the rivers flood. Once in a generation, they cover the land. And sometimes, like now, they tear the state apart.

11:30 am While in an ABC story dated an hour and a half ago Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale said the flood peak will hit at midday and the CBD would not be affected, the Courier-Mail has just tweeted:

Mayor of Ipswich: Peak now expected at 19m at noon - get out now! CBD went under in 74, this could be worse.

West End in Brisbane is already experiencing flooding in its low-lying streets and businesses near the Brisbane River are reportedly being evacuated. The Brisbane City Council suggests residents check out the flood maps for their suburb so they are aware of what could happen. The flag flood maps are currently unavailable on the Brisbane Council website, but can be viewed on a mirror site here, however “This is a temporary and partial archive of flood flag maps for the Brisbane City region. It will be pulled down once the floods have passed or the Brisbane City Council site is back up and running.”

You can also keep up to date on the Queensland government traffic and travel information website.

10:55am “This weather may be breaking our hearts but it will not be breaking our will,” declared Anna Bligh in a press conference just minutes ago. But despite the recent reports, 72 is still the official number of people missing.

As of an hour ago we have 72 missing. We are hoping and praying that those 72 got to safety overnight…given the circumstances we hold grave concerns for those unaccounted for. Many of those unaccounted are families and young children,” said Bligh.

She later added: “We do have some whole families who are this stage unaccounted for. We have already seen absolute tragedy with the 8 deaths… half of the eight were children. This took people unawares, so there was no time for people to get to safety. In all honesty, we hold very grave concerns for those unaccounted for and we are anxiously, anxiously worrying that we will see this toll rise.”

Bligh warned of the “grim and desperate” situation in the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley. “This has been a night of extraordinary events, we’ve seen acts of extraordinary bravery… we are doing our best to protect our emergency workers and we are equally doing our best to get everything we can into this region to save and rescue… What it is doing is testing our emergency response and will test us as communities and as people.”

Due to the weather conditions, there have been delays with the search and rescue teams. A helicopter was able to get into the developed areas of Helidon and Grantham and no other people have been found waiting on roofs, however it has been unable to check rural areas.

Bligh warns of rising flood levels in Ipswich, with the flood level likely to hit 16 metres. According to weather predictions and expected rain, it could hit 18 metres. One big worry is the Wivenhoe Dam, as the disaster modelling has changed. “It is a rapidly changing situation. The extent of the rainfall last night has affected all of the models” said Bligh.

Ian Stewart from the emergency maangement in QLD said “Toowoomba is fairly stable, no further deaths expected out of the CBD. Murphys Creek and Grantham area, we do expect to find further deceased people in those areas.

Yesterday’s Toowoomba flooding was an “extreme event” said the Bureau of Meteorology’s Queensland regional director, Jim Davidson. “This was towards the top of the severe flash flooding and weather scale. It was very unique.”

Bligh pleaded with residents not to do “stupid things”: “Please do not cross roads that are flooded and do not jump in this water… this water is deadly and it’s not to be played with.”

We can replace fridges, bridges, houses… we cannot replace people” reinforced Stewart.

Weather wise, “tomorrow will be a much better day,” said Davidson.

Bligh is expecting to declare a large portion of southern Queensland as an official disaster zone in coming days. In the next 2-3 days, Brisbane and Ipswich will be the two areas to watch of concern, said Bligh.

10:30 am The Australian is reporting that the 50 people in a primary school in Grantham have been found safe. This made up a significant percentage of 72 people missing, but it is assumed Anna Bligh will update that missing number.

10:25 am Premier Anna Bligh will be holding a press conference at 10:30. We will update with footage and quotes as it becomes available.

The Ipswich Motorway may be closed within the next two hours due to flooding in both directions,” reports Seven News in Brisbane.

9.50 am The information hotline for friends and family to call is 1300 993 191.

There are some truly gut wrenching eyewitness accounts emerging, both of rescues and tales of likely deaths. From over at The Australian:

Mr Hoddinott said two friends of his were missing after they rescued their two children from the raging torrent that smashed their house at Spring Bluff. He said the couple had time only to lift their daughter, 15, and their son, 20, up a manhole in the ceiling to safety before the raging water sucked them out of their house and swept them away. The couple’s son told how he reached the safety of the ceiling and turned around to help lift his parents up, but they were gone and water was gushing through the house.

This video via the Toowomba Chronicle I find particularly fascinating as you can see rescue workers walking and talking on mobile phones in water nearly up to their waists.

9.30 am “This is our darkest hour of the past fortnight,” declared Queensland Premier Anna Bligh at a press conference yesterday. “Mother nature has unleashed something shocking out of the Toowoomba region.”

Police described the flooding as “an inland instant tsunami, with a massive wall of water that has gone straight down through the Lockyer Valley.” You can listen to the whole press conference here.

Overnight 43 people were rescued off rooftops and many are still awaiting rescue, with a massive search and rescue operation under way. Concerns are also held for a reported 30-50 people holed up in a primary school in Grafton, who are completely isolated and un-contactable. Towns including Dalby and Chinchilla are on alert and evacuations are happening.

The flood is expected to hit Brisbane today, with a “body of floodwater larger than Sydney Harbour” threatening the city. Flood warnings have been issued for 30 Brisbane suburbs, with the Wivenhoe Dam rising quickly and expected to go over capacity.

This is addition to the 12 people already killed in the Queensland floods.

While Crikey doesn’t have any journalists stationed in Toowoomba, we’ll be piecing together a live blog across the morning with rolling updates. If you’re experiencing the floods and want to send us photos or write, please email us.

The Guardian has a brilliant interactive map of the flooded areas. Click through on this picture for the full version:

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The ABC have their own community map, displaying both verified and unverified reports by locals. It has information including road closures, evacuations and where emergency services are available.

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SBS also has an interactive map, with more of a news angle. It covers reported deaths and flood warnings:

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To keep an eye on the weather, check out this Bureau of Meterology map.

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Horrific photos of locals trying to escape the flood waters are available on a variety of sites, with some of the best including the ABC and two different galleries on the Courier-Mail. Eyewitness videos show cars being dragged away by walls of water.

A new ABC blog called After the Deluge features photos of residents’ houses as they walk through their flood-deluged homes. It makes for heartbreaking reading.

Meanwhile, sub-editors across the country have soaked up the watery puns. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Australia needs to revisit dams as a water management option, declares an editorial in The Australian. “For now, the focus must be on those devastated by the floods. But in the future, governments must look more closely at water management. Dams will not solve all our problems, but they should be given another chance.”

One critical issue with the floods is the loss of top-soil for Australia’s agriculture. ”But there has been little discussion of the more fundamental issue. The rivers have been running brown. A lot of the lifeblood of this country has been gushing away in liquid mountains we don’t even see,” noted Paul Sheehan yesterday in the Sydney Morning Herald. “A few sages warned that the worst thing that could happen to Australia after a decade of drought was sustained rain. “Even worse would be floods.”

If you’re wanting to donate money, try the Premiers Flood Relief Appeal, which is being looked after by the Red Cross.

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  • 1
    Posted Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    At some stage after collective effort dealing with the immediate crisis, GIS database mapping will need to be compared with the 500K ha per year land clearing rates in Qld. Are they connected? I don’t know. But there will be experts somewhere who do. Anecdotally I expect the more vegetation layer and root systems the better the water retention over broad landscapes. As I say, after the crisis.

    Certainly in NSW in the 1994 bushfire crisis all sides of politics in the regions put such issues to one side while they dealt with the crisis and that obviously is the way to go.

    As for Bolt today on the gun tragedy in the USA - the man is a shallow boor.

  • 2
    zut alors
    Posted Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    At West End, from my living room on the fifth floor of an apartment building, I’m watching the burgeoning Brisbane River as it races past at remarkable speed, logs and detritus being swiftly carried along.

    Naturally, all river traffic has ceased and part of this suburb along the river has been evacuated and/or closed off by emergency services. 32 suburbs have now been cited for evacuation. Not sure where all these evacuees will head as so many areas are impassable or at risk.

    The plan is to remain calm and keep my whiskers dry.

  • 3
    Michael R James
    Posted Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Zut, further downstream where I am (Teneriffe-between New Farm and Newstead; about 7km along the riverbank from Story Bridge, about 3km as crow flies) it is almost an hour past the reported high tide (high tide=1.30pm local time; 2.30pm summertime) but I would have to say that it doesn’t look as threatening as expected. About 15 mins ago it was about 1m below the riverwalk (on bank, not the part suspended over the water). I am not quite sure how tides work against an abnormally high-flowing river but perhaps there is a delay as the tide needs to build up to fight upstream?

    At any rate, the warnings of expectation of 2m above during daytime and 2.6m at the overnight high tide looks like we may escape most damage today. Tomorrow may be another matter entirely especially as the bulk of those massive downpours inland have yet to be felt.

    There are a few boats going downstream, heading for safety in Moreton Bay — notably one of the River Queens. But it seems most boat owners are not bothering.

    I reckon that the claim this is worse than 1974 does not hold up — so far. Obviously the levels are a long way off, but the rain we have had this month is not what I remember from back then. It was huge rain and relentless, much more than so far (though probably not comparable to that storm Toowoomba received). But of course I don’t think we are close to the worst point yet. Back then the Victoria Bridge was submerged at the Southbank side (and all of Southbank which is of course why it had never been properly built on, having just scrappy light industry until the Expo) but, incredibly they allowed pedestrians to walk out on it from the City side. When one looked down on the massive concrete pylon in the middle of the river, particularly on the downstream side where there was a giant void formed by the force of flow, one understood why this was the first Victoria Bridge (only a few years old at the time, replacing the old steel one) to survive a big flood.

  • 4
    zut alors
    Posted Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    Michael RJ,

    Thanks for your assessment, it’s a comfort to hear from someone in a similar predicament.

    I’m opting to stay in my building (on the 5th floor) as, in the likelihood of the downstairs floors being flooded (and factoring in a power blackout), I have tinned food, water and grog (!) which should last for a week. This building was constructed in 1975, the ‘74 flood level equalled the height of the first floor. All of my friends in Brisbane reside in other areas which are also being advised to evacuate so there’s nowhere to flee which presents a better risk.

  • 5
    Michael R James
    Posted Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    Zut, I am on the top floor of one of the Woolstores — which must have seen quite a few floods in their >100 years lives. So I too will sit it out. Given the extra height of the floors in these buildings I think only the first (ground) floor should be affected, though McTaggarts, the only one right on the river, is the most vulnerable.

    I am heading out for another gander at the river but again the media (& politicians) seem to be exaggerating a tad. Nine news just said that the river had burst its banks here (Teneriffe) but I am pretty sure that is not true. (At the Teneriffe-Bulimba ferry jetty, it does LOOK like it has but in fact that is debris left stranded when it broke the banks there last week — perhaps it was a king tide; not by a lot and the ground there is a bit lower than the rest of the riverbank.) Those shots of the Southbank timber Riverwalk (next to Library & GOMA) are a tad misleading because it is clearly lower than the Riverwalk on solid ground, and quite a few metres lower than any of the Arts buildings. They do not show shots of the rest of Southbank which leads me to believe it is mostly ok, so far.

    The ABC said that the Breakfast Creek Pub is loading up its Pokie machines! Well, it is especially vulnerable because it is on the wrong side of the junction of Brekkie Creek and on the outside curve of the Brisbane river.

    Nine also went on about the heavy rain, though at the time the reporter was standing in only light rain. So again I make the comment that the rain (today and most of the past month) is not anything as heavy or relentless as I remember in 1974. Of course it is more important what happens upstream in the overall catchment area. With the next King tide due Friday week (21st) we have to hope the catchment empties enough for Wivenhoe to be emptied more so they can stop outflow for the King tide.

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    John Inglis
    Posted Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Amber for not using the word ‘inundated’.

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    zut alors
    Posted Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Michael RJ,

    The houses across the street from me (which are direct riverfront) have been either sandbagging or loading their cars in preparation for ‘doing a runner’. In the 12 years since I’ve lived here several longtime locals have wondered at the decision of those newcomers to invest so heavily in top-end property in such a vulnerable position.

    There have been pontoons floating down the river along with other large objects. It’s surreal.

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    Michelle Edwards
    Posted Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for compiling the comprehensive coverage into an informative one-stop-shop. Excellent.

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    Michael R James
    Posted Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    OK, from when I began my last walk along the Teneriffe-New Farm Riverwalk almost 2 hours ago, I can definitively say that the river did NOT break its banks here. The level is at least one metre lower than at high tide. I am not convinced any Brisbane houses have been touched yet, other than those on the smaller creeks etc and which cop it anytime there are big rains. Everything the TV reports are showing of either Southbank/West End/City etc is of the lower river bank areas but unless there are small bits of lower areas of West End with houses, so far this is nothing like 1974.

    That doesn’t mean it won’t turn a lot worse, but my point is that it will have to be hugely worse than it currently is/was. I speak only of central Brisbane, not Cabulture which is a different river catchment system to the north. The official predictions seem hard to make sense of. They said that today it was about 2.1 m above some standard marker for Brisbane River and that it would be 2.6 m overnight (about 3am) since adjusted up to 3 m. On this basis they were recommending evacuation. But this still would not be enough to do much damage to this part of Brisbane, though Bulimba is more susceptible (but from what I could tell on my side of the river it did not have any breaching today). Just now they said it might reach 5.5 m, and that that would make it worse than ‘74. At 3 m more than today I cannot see that.

    Ipswich is different because it is on the Bremer River which joins the Brisbane further downstream. It is the Brisbane R. that has its origins at the Somerset/Wivenhoe dams, so that the big difference between now and ‘74 does little for Ipswich. It being further upstream on a small branch of the Brisbane makes it more vulnerable, as can be judged by those estimates of 22m of flood.

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    zut alors
    Posted Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Michael RJ,

    Thanks, I appreciate your man-on-the-spot reports. Am not looking forward to the power being cut!

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    SBH
    Posted Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    And where, oh where, is the commonwealth government leadership in this crisis?

    Stay dry Zut

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    botswana bob
    Posted Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    The most difficult thing about living in Brisbane now is the lack of concrete specific information as a “flood” of media hype engulfs the place. Its hard to get reliable information on what streets are blocked and how high the river is to go. The Lord Mayor gave the figure of 9000 properties expected to go under. Shortly after media reports claimed the Premier said 40 000 would go under. The local Murdoch paper trumpeted out 100 000 homes would have power cut by 7am, something denied by officials.
    Its difficult enough living through a disaster. Elements of the media should show what they rarely do: a bit of responsibility.

  • 13
    zut alors
    Posted Wednesday, 12 January 2011 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    SBH, will do my upmost to.

    @Botswana Bob,
    Agreed. As though this episode isn’t sensational enough already, certain sections of the media embellish it. I guess old habits die hard.

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    MrsAngry
    Posted Wednesday, 12 January 2011 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    All the videos are being posted on here, by the hour:
    http://floods.videohq.tv

    They show how REAL this is. Please donate to the relief effort!!!

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