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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


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:


[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)

Links to Queensland Floods Satellite Images

Latest Weather Observations for the Brisbane Area

Queensland Warnings Summary

Australia’s Latest Weather Warnings

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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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Rockhampton Flooding – Satellite Images

Posted by feww on January 8, 2011

Flooding in Rockhampton, Queensland

Image captured by ASTER on NASA’s Terra satellite – 7 January 2011

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The image uses a combination of visible light and infrared to enhance the contrast between floodwaters and earth. “Reflective surfaces on buildings make the city shine white against a background of plant-covered land (which shows up as red). Sediment-loaded water is brown, while clearer water is black.” Source: NASA-EO.

Meanwhile, the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) in Queensland issued the following flood warning earlier today.

Issued at 4:00 PM on Saturday the 8th of January 2011 [IDQ20765]
by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane.

Moderate to major flooding continues along the Dawson, Comet, Mackenzie and Fitzroy Rivers.

The Fitzroy River at Rockhampton has remained steady at about 9.15 metres during Saturday following a peak of 9.2 metres on Wednesday. Levels will fall veryslowly from Sunday. Rockhampton river levels are expected to remain above 8.5metres (major) until late next week.

Moderate flooding continues to ease on the Isaac River at Yatton.

Major flooding continues to ease along the Comet River into the weekend.

Minor to major flood levels continue to fall along the Mackenzie River, where the main flood peak is now downstream of Tartrus. Levels will fall graduallybetween the Comet confluence and Tartrus.

Minor flooding is easing slowly in the upper Dawson River at Taroom. Renewed rises are occurring downstream in the Glebe area with only minor flood levels expected. Downstream at Theodore, Moura and Baralaba, levels will continue to fall fast this weekend before small renewed rises and minor flooding during nextweek.

Major flooding continues in the Fitzroy River at Riverslea. At 2:30pm Saturday the river level at Riverslea was at 26.22 metres and falling. Levels areexpected to continue falling very slowly through the weekend.

At Yaamba, flood levels continue to remain steady at 16.45 metres, following amajor peak of 16.55 metres recorded during Tuesday.

The Fitzroy River at Rockhampton remains steady. At 3:30pm Saturday, the river level at Rockhampton was 9.10 metres. River levels are expected to fall veryslowly from Sunday. Rockhampton river levels are expected to remain above 8.5metres (major) until next Friday.

Predicted River Heights/Flows:


Baralaba: Flood levels will fall but remain above major floodlevel (9 metres) until Monday or Tuesday.


Yaamba: Remain above major flood level for several days.

Rockhampton: Fall extremely slowly during the weekend.Remain above 8.5 metres (major) until late next week.

Next Issue:

The next warning will be issued at about 7am Sunday.(River heights are constantly updated on the Bureau website.)

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