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Queensland Flooding: Disaster of “Biblical Proportions”

Posted by feww on January 1, 2011

Up to a quarter of a million people have been affected by “the worst floods in Queensland’s history,” 22 cities and towns inundated

Rockhampton, home to 78,000 people, bracing for 9m (30ft) floodwaters

The Fitzroy River is expected to reach at least 9m by Sunday afternoon, flooding about a half of the city of Rockhampton, reports say.

The city is expected to be isolated for about two weeks, as the airport closes to commercial flights.

Queensland Treasurer Andrew Fraser has warned of dire economic consequences, saying he would postpone his mid-year economic review to factor in the cost of the flood damage, a report said.

”In many ways, it is a disaster of biblical proportions,” he said from flood-hit town of Bundaberg.


Houses and surrounding land in the town of Theodore, about 410kms (255 miles) north west of Brisbane, are partially submerged by flood waters January 1, 2011. Queensland Police Service Handout via Reuters.

Queensland River Conditions


24-hr Rainfall for Queensland


Source BOM. Click here for other images.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING

Meanwhile,The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) http://www.bom.gov.au has issued the following Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Flash Flooding

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for FLASH FLOODING

For people in parts of the
Peninsula,
Gulf Country and
Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders Forecast Districts.

Issued at 8:17 pm Saturday, 1 January 2011.


Warning Area Map. Source: BOM

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce very heavy rainfall and flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Georgetown, Croydon, Kowanyama and Forsayth.

  • Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:
  • Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 11:20 pm.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at http://www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Emergency Management Queensland would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

Warnings current:

Tropical Cyclone Warnings and Information

Details for: Tropical Low 1

Flood Map of Queensland


Queensland Flood Map. Source: BOM, via BBC.

Satellite Images of Flooding in Queensland


Download large image (4 MB, JPEG)


False-color images using a combination of infrared and visible light to enhance the contrast between land and water taken by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite on December 31, 2010 (top), and December 28, 2009 (bottom). “Vegetation is bright green. Bare ground appears in shades of brick red and pinkish brown.” Source: NASA-EO. Download large image (3 MB, JPEG) Click images to enlarge.

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8 Responses to “Queensland Flooding: Disaster of “Biblical Proportions””

  1. KZ said

    [Actually, it’s a human-enhanced natural mega disaster, which the blog has been warning about for a few years. Moderator]

  2. Robert Ellison said

  3. Robert Ellison said

    [See replies to your previous comments. Moderator]

  4. Robert Ellison said

    I will make one more comment – we are not 30ft under water. The flood height relates to the Australian Height Datum – zero is the mean sea level in 1971. Inland towns like Rocky start out as well above the 0m AHD level.

    [Understood! However, non-amphibians should avoid any depth of water in their home, farm, or place of work. Moderator]

  5. Robert Ellison said

  6. dave waddington said

    is this flooding due to man made interference with new rain making technology from Thailand, as this area in queensland is usually a drought area and now it is out of control ?

    • feww said

      What we’ve been observing in China, Thailand, Vietnam, Europe, the Americas and Australia are the extremes of natural phenomenon, La Niña and El Niño events as well as AO among others, enhanced by anthropogenic climate change.

  7. PETE said

    It’s very good information…

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