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Brisbane Bruised and Bloodied

Posted by feww on January 13, 2011

Australia Flood Disasters Round One:  Brisbane Bruised and Bloodied

The Brisbane River peaked at 4.46m (14.6ft) at about 05:30 local time today (19:30UTC Wednesday), which was less than a meter lower than the 1974 peak.

However, floodwaters have submerged about 3 dozen suburbs in Brisbane and large areas of Ipswhich, causing widespread damage.

Flood Facts

  • The Brisbane River peaked at 4.46m (14.6ft) at about 05:30 local time Thursday (19:30UTC Wednesday)
  • Water levels  are expected to remain high for at least 12 hours.
  • Brisbane, Australia’s third largest city, is said to be experiencing the worst flooding in at least 50 years.
  • Tens of thousands of people have fled their homes.
  • About 25,000 homes are either partially or totally flooded.
  • Floodwaters have caused substantial damage to infrastructure.
  • Large areas of Brisbane and Ipswich remain under water.
  • At least one death was reported in the area as a result of flooding.
  • A list of flooded suburbs released by Brisbane City Council includes:   Albion,  Auchenflower, Bowen Hills, Brisbane City, Bulimba, Chelmer, Coorparoo, East Brisbane, Fairfield, Fig Tree Pocket, Fortitude Valley, Graceville, Hemmant, Indooroopilly, Kangaroo Point, Lytton, Murrarie, New Farm, Newstead, Norman Park, Oxley, Pinkenba, Rocklea, Sherwood, South Brisbane, Tennyson, Toowong, Windsor, Wacol, Yeronga, Yeerongpilly
  • A partial list of inundated suburbs of Ipswich is available HERE.
  • Drinking water supplies are a major concern in many areas, especially in the Lockyer Valley.
  • About 120,000 properties in Queensland are without electricity.
  • Confirmed death toll from flooding has now reached 15 19 from this week’s flooding (12 died in TooWoomba; total of 29 in Queensland since December) with a reported 61 people still missing.

Brisbane Flood Map


Source: Brisbane City Council

Larger Flood Maps (PDF)

Queensland’s Premier Anna Bligh said: “This is still a very dangerous situation and we have thousands of people who are waking this morning to the total devastation of either their homes, businesses – for some people it’s both.

“We should be very mindful that Mother Nature has done shocking and devastating damage. People are living, at the moment, in what I would call a post-war zone.”

“Post-War Zone”

Brisbane residents awoke to the “post-war zone” this morning with entire suburbs submerged under water.  “The worst flood in 50 years” has caused widespread destruction to the infrastructure throughout the area, a report said.

“It’s a very mixed story here today, there is some relief and I’m grateful Mother Nature hasn’t been as terrible as she could have been, but people are waking up to unbearable agony across our city today,” Blight told reporters.

“We’ve seen scenes of unbelievable devastation and destruction: entire suburbs where only rooftops can be glimpsed, whole big workplaces are completely under water.”

“Whole industrial parks (and) railway stations under water, bridges, roads all closed. What I’m seeing looks more like a war zone in some places,” she said.

Bligh described the scale of damage as massive requiring “post-war” rebuilding effort.

Floodwaters Kill Two

Two Seven Brisbane area deaths have raised this week’s toll in SE Queensland to 15 19, a total of 25 29 reported deaths in Qld since December.

“Early reports indicated the man walked around road closed signs into property that is believed to be his father’s property to check that property,” Premier Blight said.

“Unfortunately as he walked he was sucked into a stormwater drain.”

A second death has since been reported.

Excerpts from News Reports

Extra police deployed to prevent looting

“Extra police are being brought in to patrol vast flooded areas in Brisbane and Ipswich to provide security and prevent looting.” Source

Looters target Ipswich flood victims

“IPSWICH was dealing with a scourge worse than the floods after looters broke into unattended homes and businesses.” Source

“The small town of Goondiwindi in Queensland’s south-west is on high alert, with fears the flooding Macintyre River could breach the town’s levee bank.” Source

Forecast Total Rainfall


Forecast for Friday 14 January 2011 to Friday 21 January 2011. Source Australia BOM.

Latest Weather Observations for the Brisbane Area

Queensland Warnings Summary

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