State Awash (Update Brisbane Queensland Floods)

Almost 3000 homes were left without power as Queensland’s flood crisis moved to the southeast corner.
Brisbane residents are being offered sandbags and warned to prepare for flash flooding as the capital gets a taste of Queensland’s flood emergency.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts heavy rain across the city today, with localised flooding possible in low-lying areas where the ground is already saturated from weeks of steady falls.

Brisbane City Council this morning advised residents in flood-prone areas that sandbags were available at depots around the city. The bureau’s top rainfalls for the past 24 hours were recorded in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, with West Bellthorpe recording 343 mm, and Maleny 337 mm. Brisbane Airport had 85.6mm and Everton Hills, in Brisbane’s north-west, had 188 mm.

Late last night 2844 homes across Brisbane’s east and bay areas, Brisbane Valley, Caboolture, Redcliffe, Gympie and Mary Valley, the Ipswich area and the Sunshine Coast remained without power. Energex said 10,000 homes were affected earlier in the day amid 5000 lightning strikes.

Read the Full story in the “Couier Mail”

See more flood photo’s of Brisbane here at the Courier Mail Picture Gallery

Brisbane Weather Radar.

Roads in Tatters.

Nearly 200 roads across Queensland’s flood-ravaged areas have been cut or left severely damaged, causing major problems for motorists and truck drivers.
The final damage bill for the state’s road network is set to climb even higher than the $1.5 billion initially estimated.

Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said a final reckoning of the damage was still months away.
“Frankly we just don’t know the final impact yet,” he said. “Too much of our network is still under water.”

“We’ve got 33,000km of state roads and the full extent of the damage can’t be determined right now. It might not be known for many months.”

Very few sections of road have escaped the path of destruction left by floodwaters, with bitumen either torn up or cracked, leaving enormous potholes and weakened surfaces.

Read the Full story in the “Courier Mail”

Policelink Flood Information Hotline:
Relatives and friends seeking information about people in flood affected areas should call 1300 993 191
International calls: +61 7 3055 6220

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11 Responses to State Awash (Update Brisbane Queensland Floods)

  1. bronxboy55 says:

    So many places in the world don’t get enough rain, while there are wild floods in Australia and elsewhere. If only we could spread it around.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi bronxboy55,
      There are also some places still in OZ that have not had any rain, and are still in a bit of a drought. It really is a shame to see so much fresh water wasted, and also doing so much damage to peoples lives, not being redirected to where it is needed.

  2. Sue says:

    The road to my place is flooded, no way in , no way out. So much rain, I just can’t believe it. I think the last time I saw this much water in Brisbane was back in the 1974 floods. At least we have a bit of a break this afternoon, it has actually stopped raining, but not for long, but it does give the water a chance to get away. I noticed the water dropping already on the one and only road to my place. I suppose this is the down side about living in a dead end street.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Sue,
      Yes it was nice to get that break from the rain, and a few roads have reopened I noticed this afternoon, but I think it is far from over, there is more coming unfortunately.

  3. bingbing says:

    Just stay safe, mags. Mum and Dad are in Brissie, too.

    Hey, at least you won’t have to feel guilty taking long showers at the moment. In fact, it would constitute “saving the planet”, would it not?

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi bingbing,
      I didn’t realize your Mum and Dad were here in Brissie, I certainly hope everything is alright, and they are out of harms way.

      You may not know this, but we are still on water restrictions, not the shower one though. (For those reading this, Brisbane was put on Level 6 water restrictions not that long ago, which meant 4min showers) Yep Capt. Bligh has not lifted the restrictions, but said in the paper the other day, that water will have to go up again because people were not using enough. I still haven’t found any logic in the statement yet. Water has got that expensive, people can’t afford to use it.

  4. 1.6 says:

    Hi Mags. Best solution. Gum Boots 🙂

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  6. Barbara Rodgers says:

    Those are some pretty astonishing and amazing pictures! Are lives getting back to normal now? It’s always a wonder to me how water is so necessary for life and yet so dangerous when its power is unleashed…

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Barbara,
      Things got a lot worse after this, and most of Queensland was flooded, a lot of people lost everything, lives were lost, it was terrible. There are still thousands in the State that have not been able to rebuild, insurance company’s are finding loop holes, others were not insured. The power of water is amazing, we have floods all the time, really bad droughts as well. You would think the Governments would be able to do the right thing and build extra dams to save the water in the dry spells, and in turn would of stopped a lot of the water as well.

      If you would like to see the aftermath of these floods, you may like to have a look at these couple of posts.
      The Aftermath in Pictures (Queensland Floods)
      The Clean up Begins/Flood Crisis in Pictures

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