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8 dead 72 missing as ‘inland tsunami’ hits Qld

Posted by feww on January 11, 2011

UPDATE: 10 Killed, 78 Missing

An ‘inland tsunami’ kills at least 8 and leaves 72 missing in Grantham, near Toowoomba, Queensland

The deadly flash flood which triggered a 9m high wall of water surging through Grantham, a town west of the city of Toowoomba in Queensland, has been likened to an instant ‘inland tsunami’ by the local Police chief, Bob Atkinson.

Mayor Peter Taylor who who thought his city was safe, Toowoomba is 700 meters above sea level,  said:

“Torrential rain over a very short period of time came down two major creeks through the middle of the city which are normal quiet drainage ways and people had no warning at all.”

[Clearly, common sense does not operate under wet conditions in Australia. Moderator]

“It was just unprecedented. Some people are saying an inland tsunami, and I think that probably sums it up really.”

Floodwaters Surge Toward Brisbane

Meanwhile, residents in low-lying areas of Brisbane, Australia’s third largest city, have been urged by the authorities to evacuate their homes, as the biggest floods in at least 3 decades approaches.

The immediate areas threatened by the flood include about 9,000 homes and businesses.

Queensland 24-hr Rainfall Map 11 Jan 11


Source of images: BOM


Queensland Flood Map 11 Jan 11


Australia 24-hr Rainfall Map 11 Jan 11


‘Darkest hour’

“This has been a night of extraordinary events,” Queensland State Premier Anna Bligh told a news conference.

She called called the flash floods in Toowoomba Queensland’s “darkest hour” since the flood crisis began in December.

“The event that started in Toowoomba can only be described as a complete freak of nature, an extraordinary deluge that almost came out of nowhere,” she said .

“What we have here in Queensland tonight is a very grim and desperate situation.”

The Dead and Missing

As the floodwaters claim their 1oth victim (total of 20 dead since December) Ms Bligh says the number of missing people has been revised up to 78.

“Clearly as we get more information from families who are looking for their loved ones these numbers are going to fluctuate, but we now have 78 people unaccounted for,” she said.

“We have 10 deaths and we have at least 18 people for who we have very grave concerns for their safety.”

Finally what FIRE-EARTH has long been warning about:

Queensland: A Mega Disaster Zone

Ms Bligh said a disaster zone may be declared over a “significant region” of Queensland.

“We are just looking for an appropriate northern line and everything south of that would be declared [a Mega Disaster Zone,]” she said.

Latest Weather Observations for the Brisbane Area

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Queensland Flood Update – 10 January

Posted by feww on January 10, 2011

Flash floods hit Brisbane Australia’s 3rd largest city

Summary of latest events:

  • At least two people have been killed and seven others are missing after a flash flood swept through the city of Toowoomba, west of Brisbane.
  • Floods have swamped the town of Dalby again, the town is evacuated.
  • Town of Gympie is inundated
  • The towns of Kilcoy and Toogoolawah in the Brisbane Valley have been cut off by floodwaters
  • Heavy rains reported in south-east Queensland and Darling Downs
  • Forecasters say heavy rains will continue to ravage the flooded areas for the next 48 to 72 hours
  • Several flooded towns “remain under siege from rain”
  • More flooding to hit northern NSW

TOP PRIORITY
FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR LOCKYER CREEK

Issued at 8:37 PM on Monday the 10th of January 2011 by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane.

Very heavy rainfalls have been recorded in the Toowoomba, Crows Nest and Gatton area and have caused extreme rises in the upper Lockyer Creek between Helidon and Gatton with the peak currently arriving in the Glenore Grove area.

Record flood levels of 18.92 metres were recorded at Gatton this evening before the station failed. This level is well above the previous record peak of 16.33 metres from the February 1893 flood.

Very fast and dangerous rises are occurring downstream of Gatton to Glenore Grove and will extend downstream to Lyons Bridge and O’Reilly Weir during Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Contact the SES on 132 500 for emergency assistance if required.

Without Warning?

Toowoomba’s mayor said the scale of the floods was “unbelievable” and that it had left the city in shock.

‘It’s a real disaster scene where I’m standing at the moment in Russell Street, Toowoomba. There’s furniture and furnishings and it’s just blown shops away.”Mayor Peter Taylor said

”We have a railway line about 60 or 70m (230ft) suspended in mid-air and two cars that are virtually unrecognizable that have floated and smashed into the rail.”

Queensland Deputy Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said police had received numerous calls from people needing to be rescued, a report said.

“We’ve had multiple calls requesting urgent assistance from people caught in vehicles, caught on the street, caught in flood ways,” he said.

“It is an evolving and obviously quite desperate situation for them,” he said. “There has been no warning of this event.”

NO Warning? For crying out loud!

Here’s a warning to all Deputy Police Commissioners in Australia:

EXPECT BACK-TO-BACK DISASTERS IN AUSTRALIA UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!

[DOES the lack of warning refer to flagrant wrongdoings by the state or federal government, which Deputy Police Commissioner Stewart is reticent about?]

The Rain’s Impact Unpredictable

“The ground is so waterlogged, the catchments so primed, the rivers so full, the creeks are all flooding, and it will mean something more dramatic than it has in the past,” Emergency chief Warren Bridson said.

“That 200 millimetres (eight inches) of rain… could mean the difference between a minor flood and a major flood.”

The rain’s impact is totally unpredictable, he added.

Excerpts from Local News Reports

“One person is dead and other lives are under threat after a flash flood swept through the Queensland city of Toowoomba, turning streets into raging torrents.” Source

“Seven people, three of them children, are feared missing in flash flooding west of Brisbane, capping a day of chaos as Queensland’s flood emergency spread to its thickly populated southeast corner.” Source

“A flash flood has hit the city of Toowoomba west of Brisbane with witnesses saying cars have been swept away, police say.” Source

“Weather officials issued a severe weather alert, warning of flash flooding and worsening river floods in Queensland state’s heavily populated southeast and the center of the country’s lucrative Gold Coast tourist strip.” Source

Dalby‘s fifth flood since December 20 is expected to be the worst yet.” Source

“Dalby is facing its second major flood threat in a month after waters reached flood levels three weeks ago.” Source

“About 500 people in the rural Darkwood and upper Thora communities, near Coffs Harbour, became cut off on Monday due to flooding along the upper Bellinger River, the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) says.” Source

Floods threaten the Great Barrier Reef

“Australia’s devastating floods are flushing toxic, pesticide-laden sediment into the Great Barrier Reef, and could threaten fragile corals and marine life in the world’s largest living organism, environmentalists said on Monday.” Source


Source: Image from Japan Meteorological Agency satellite MTSAT-1R via Bureau of Meteorology. Posted on 10 January 2011 12:01 UTC

Maryborough to Gold Coast Rainfall and River Conditions

In MALENY 321mm of rain has fallen in under 6 hours, 164mm in one hour alone.


Source: BOM

Queensland Rainfall Map

Queensland Flood Map  (10-01-2010)

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Brisbane on high alert for flooding

Posted by feww on January 9, 2011

Brisbane, Qld, is on high alert for flooding as more heavy rain forecast for Monday

Emergency services have warned residents to prepare for “wild weather.”

The following areas are flooding or cut off:

  • Maryborough,
  • The Sunshine Coast and surrounding areas
  • Pine Creek (south of Bundaberg)
  • Gympie, where electricity is cut off as a precaution

Heavy rain and flash floods also reported around Maleny, a small town about 90km (56 miles) north of Brisbane.

The Mary River is forecast to reach a high of about 17m overnight, a report said.

It takes very little rain much more rain to tip the balance, Emergency Management Queensland said.

“This year with all of the catchments primed and the river’s already flooding, that 200mm of rain… could mean the difference between a minor flood and a major flood.”

One-Week Rainfall Forecast (BOM)

Rainfall Forecast for Sunday 9 January 2011 to Sunday 16 January 2011

Queensland and NSW Flood Maps [9 January 2011] – Source: BOM


Source: Image from Japan Meteorological Agency satellite MTSAT-1R via Bureau of Meteorology. Posted on 9 January 2011 11:41 UTC

Flooding in Rockhampton, QLD, Australia


Image of Rockmapton flood acquired by ALI on NASA’s EO-1 satellite on January 9, 2011. “The Fitzroy River cuts through the upper right quadrant of the image, and just west of the river, relatively high land remains above the flood. All around that area, flood water predominates, including areas east of the river.” Source NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge. Download larger image (4 MB, JPEG)

Queensland Warnings Summary

National Weather and Current Warnings

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Thousands of Australians Evacuate Flood-hit Queensland

Posted by feww on December 28, 2010

Second Round of Flooding This Month Submerges Entire Towns and Villages in NE Australia

Queensland’s state government declares several of its regions as disaster zones, as rivers swell by the unabated rain causing extensive flooding.


Tropical Storm Tasha pummeled  NE Australia with torrential rain, having made landfall along the Queensland coast on December 25, 2010. Tasha’s rainfall amounts, as observed by TRMM, on December 24, 2010 is shown in the image above, with red representing the highest amount and blue the lowest. Source: NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge. Download large image (1 MB, JPEG)

Australian Region Infrared Satellite Image


Source: Image from Japan Meteorological Agency satellite MTSAT-1R via Bureau of Meteorology. Click HERE for the latest image.

The floods have destroyed tens of thousands of hectares of cotton and sunflower crops in many areas throughout the state, and forced thousands to flee their homes.

The damage to the crops is expected to exceed $400million, Brent Finlay, president of the farmers’ lobby group AgForce, said.

“It’s just devastating. This was going to be the crop that got a lot of farmers back on their feet after the [10-year] drought,” Finlay said.

Brisbane, the state capital, has experienced its wettest December in 153 years, as Cyclone Tasha, brought more torrential rain to Queensland on Christmas Day.

The town of Theodore is all but almost completely inundated, with the Dawson River flowing above the 14-meter level—its highest in 55 years. The towns of Chinchilla, Dalby, Warra, Alpha and Jericho, have also been declared disaster zones.

In A Living Hell Heated by Australian Coal posted on January 30, 2009, FIRE-EARTH said:

Climate Change Wreaks Havoc in Australia, AND That’s Just Another Round of Starters

IS IT WORTH THE FEW PIECES OF SILVER YOU GET FOR THE COAL?

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