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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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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.


Meanwhile,The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued the following Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Flash Flooding


For people in parts of the
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 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

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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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TC ULUI Flood Map of Queensland

Posted by feww on March 23, 2010

NASA’s TRMM measures TC ULUI Australian rainfall

Image was created using TRMM data during the last seven days of precipitation (from March 15-22) in Australia. It indicates that rainfall amounts of between 100-200 mm (4-8 inches) in areas of yellow and orange on Australia’s northeast coast (Queensland).

About 130mm (5.1 inches) or rainfall was estimated by TRMM at -20.38 latitude and 148.13 longitude, in Bogie, Queensland, Australia, near the Mount Aberdeen State Park. In Springlands, west of Collinsville, Queensland, near -20.88 latitude and 148.88 longitude, TRMM estimated a rainfall of 136mm (5.3 inches). At Mount Wyatt, 163mm (6.4 inches) of rain were estimated to have fallen, and southeast of Swan’s Lagoon and Millaroo, TRMM estimated that 179mm (7.0 inches) of rain had fallen from Ului.

On March 20, Ului was a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds near 64 mph about 385 miles east of Cairns, Australia near 19.9 South and 151.7 East. Later in the day it brought sustained winds between 92-109 mph to Hamilton Island off Proserpine. By 2100 UTC (5 p.m. EDT) that day, Ului was 260 miles southeast of Cairns, Queensland, Australia with sustained winds near 52 mph (45 knots) . However, it briefly re-intensified with sustained winds near 109 mph before making landfall near Bowen at Airlie Beach.

Reports indicated that about 60,000 homes lost power and there was a lot of destruction to trees, houses, boats, power lines and sugar cane crops – a major crop in the region.

Ului headed west toward the Northern Territory where its rains have ended, and it is bringing only increased cloud cover and higher humidity. The Northern Territory may also see some isolated showers. As of March 22, all tropical cyclone watches and warnings were discontinued.

Text and image from NASA’s TRMM website.  Edited by FEWW for brevity.

TRMM image of TC ULUI at Cat 5 strength. Click image to enlarge.

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