Jan 12, 2011

‘Events don’t unfold hour-by-hour, but minute-by-minute’: QLD floods

Crikey live blog: The number of missing people has been revised down from 76 to 51 people, although "grave concerns" are held for nine of those missing, announced Neil Roberts, QLD Emergency Services Minister. But there was one small piece of wonderful news...

Amber Jamieson — Freelance journalist in New York

Amber Jamieson

Freelance journalist in New York

This post is no longer being updated. For the latest Crikey liveblog of the floods, head here.

Brisbane and Ipswich are bracing for their worst ever floods, with tens of thousands of homes at risk and fears for citizens’ safety, as the toll of dead and missing for the state-wide disaster continues to rise. The banks of the Brisbane River have broken and the flood peak will hit at 4am tomorrow. Already many suburbs are partially submerged, and 20,000 properties are likely to experience complete flooding in Brisbane.

In Ipswich the river is rising, with 1,500 properties already evacuated and over 1,000 people waiting in evacuation centres.

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91 thoughts on “‘Events don’t unfold hour-by-hour, but minute-by-minute’: QLD floods

  1. Michael R James

    Here in the down-river suburbs of New Farm, Teneriffe and Newstead, as I predicted here yesterday, so far we haven’t got our feet wet. Overnight the river did not even break the banks. In fact Eves Restaurant right on the river is open for breakfast as usual.
    But the river is high, at about 0.5m off the banks even though this is peak low tide. Thus one would expect it to breach at the next high tide, in about 4 hours.
    It is bright and sunny, just like it was in 1974 just prior to the full flood hitting. Of course if it doesn’t rain another drop the Brisbane river valley will continue to deliver flood water for days to come.

  2. sickofitall

    They say 5 states could be under. A land of flood and drought indeed.

  3. IJ

    We are witnessing through pictures on TV and internet, the tragedy unfolding in Queensland /NSW due to floods. Last evening, prayers were conducted in Blackburn Sikh Temple in Melbourne for well being of all those affected in the crisis.

    Blackburn Sikh Temple is collecting donations for the victims of these flood waters in Queensland and Northern NSW. We Aussies have always raised our hands when there is human crisis anywhere on the planet. Now is the opportunity for us to dig deep in our pockets to help our own, right in our backyard.

    Please donate to charities of your choice. Some of the links are as below. Before you donate, do verify credentials of these sites.

    qldfloods.org/ This site has all the information relating to Queensland Floods

    Thank you and best wishes!

  4. Tamo

    And as the hours and days pass and the water returns to its home the debate will start.

    The politically minded with attribute fault to the government, either this one or its predecesor.
    The religious will find the reasons in the Bible and the faults in our lives.
    The Greens will dam(n) the deniers.
    The capitalists will blame the left.
    The workers will blame the Gerry Harvey.

    It will be slogans at 10 paces. Logic and civility will flow away like a flooded river and we will be up-to-our necks in abuse.

    Oh hum!

  5. Tamo

    My wife has just seen a news item in the SMH about the plight of animals and the need for funds for the RSPCA (Qld). Natually, she decided to make a donation and logged on to the website. She has been confronted with a range of irrelevant questions such as title (to be sollected from a long list), all her telephone numbers, AND HER AGE. There might even be questions that she didn’t get to. She will never know. She has just logged off to the accompanimnt of muttered slogans about the difficulty of giving money.

  6. Jenny Haines

    Maybe that snake with the frog on his back thinks he has takeaway dinner!!

  7. nadia david

    Anna Bligh has done a remarkable job of handling this disaster. She has been articulate, moderate and calm when fronting the media, and I’ve rarely seen her consult notes when asked questions. She clearly has a very clear understanding of the response to the crisis. I think she’s amazing.

    Well done, Anna. Tony might want to watch you closely to see how it’s done.

  8. Sean

    Of course, it could mean we are approaching the end of days – if the lions, wolves and leopards are to get on with the lambs, kids and calves (Isaiah 11:6 and 65:25) I guess the snakes and the frogs would have to as well……..

    I wonder how fast the frog decamped when they hit land.

    Tamo you are right about all the blame nonsense – it always has to be someone’s fault. I will take away the memory that community spirit is not dead and that I had to redefine my opinion on the truly magnificent Anna Bligh.

  9. shepherdmarilyn

    Call this a flood? Pakistan had a flood. By comparison this is nothing more than a drizzle but here the people have mostly had time to prepare or leave or both.

    20,000,000 people in Pakistan did not even know it was raining heavily in the northern hills.

    Houses can be rebuilt, in places like Pakistan the houses were not much more than mud yet we have the true Aussie spirit coming out – cancel all foreign aid.

    Cancel the NBN, some are even saying the stimulus money should be recalled.

    Jesus, if this is the true spirit of Australia I don’t want anthing to do with it.

  10. Ern Malleys cat

    That ‘snake’ that the frog is on looks a hell of a lot like a floating stick to me.

    Great updates and overall coverage.

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