Statewide Catastrophe Declared in Queensland, Australia
Posted by feww on January 27, 2013
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Australian Army Called to Help as QLD Flood Disaster Intensifies
Flood and storm damage across the Australian state of Queensland has prompted a statewide catastrophe declaration from the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA), said a report.
- ‘‘Insurers are greatly concerned about extreme weather expected over the next few days in Queensland, with severe inundation already having been experienced in several towns and cities, and major flood warnings now in place for every river from Cairns to the border,’’ said ICA chief executive.
- ‘‘Unfortunately, this catastrophe declaration is the result of the first cyclone to come close to the coast this season, and the weather bureau has warned it’s highly possible we will see more before the end of summer.’’
Meantime, the Queensland Government has asked the Australian Army to help amid extreme rain events, worsening flood disaster and tornado outbreaks.
“Local rainfall daily records in central and southeast Queensland are tumbling after falls of 461mm at Boolaroo Tops, 454mm in Walla and 272mm in Gayndah since yesterday morning.”
- A giant storm cell is slowly moving southeast toward the population centers, dumping at least 200mm of rain, and destructive winds and tornadoes are expected along the Sunshine Coast and Bribie Island, reports said
- A 5-meter wall of water is pouring over the spillway of the Awoonga Dam into the Boyne, south of Gladstone.
- A saddle dam off the Awoonga Dam is close to overflowing, which would put 500 homes in peril, the authorities said.
- “Water continues to spill from Wivenhoe dam in preemptive releases.”
- Forecasters have warned more than 300mm of rain could fall in Wivenhoe Dam catchment, upstream of Brisbane, in the next few days, with coastal areas receiving about 500mm, isolating additional communities.
- Authorities have issued an evacuation order for north Bundaberg after the Burnett River broke its banks.
- The Burnett River is now forecast to peak at 9 meters—well above the levels recorded during the 2010/11 floods, reports said.
- Residents in the Gympie area, north of Brisbane, are being rescued from rooftop, as Mary River continues to rise to a forecast peak of peak at 17m.
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