The Aftermath in Pictures(Queensland Floods)

Thousands of flood-affected Queenslanders face months waiting for the State Government to decide if they can rebuild their shattered properties.
The Government’s statutory recovery authority, announced this week, it will have the power to determine if some streets can be rebuilt in the same way, or if they can be replaced at all.

That has led to widespread fears among business owners and residents in the worst flood zones that it could take weeks or even months before they could begin the painstaking task of renovating, repairing or rebuilding.
However Lord Mayor Campbell Newman called for more clarity, saying victims needed to know as quickly as possible if they would be allowed to rebuild.
Read the full story in the “Courier Mail”

What is wrong with this State Labor Government, you just can’t leave Family’s on hold like this, we are talking about thousands of people. There are still people trying to do the best they can in cricket grounds, evacuation centers,  whole Family’s camped in parks with nothing except what other people have given them, such as something to wear, hair brushes, some tin food, etc. These are people that have lost everything, cars, the family home, all their possessions, their jobs, and are trying to clean up, as well as helping others.

 

As time goes on, we are learning more and more about what actually happened. Brisbane has had major droughts and then floods all the time, after a huge flood back in 1974, the Government at the time decided to built the Wivenhoe Dam. This was built mainly for flood mitigation, and everyone was told Brisbane would never flood that badly again. What went wrong you may ask. The Government stuffed up is the only way to put it. There are thousands of people that should never have got flooded.

 

When we were in the drought period, the Governments were screaming global warming, so called experts were saying we will never see big rains again, useless building dams etc. Of course when the rains came, and they always do, the Government was warned that Wivenhoe was getting to capacity. There is allowence for 100% for useable water, and 120% for flood mitigation. When the Government got the warning Wivenhoe was at 190% and they were told more water was coming, the rain had not stopped, and in fact other parts of Queensland was starting to flood, the Government did nothing, they didn’t want to lose the precious water that had been collected. Brisbane had been on water restrictions for years. No dams had been built, and the population was of course getting bigger.

 

By the time the Government decided to let water out of Wivenhoe it was too late. Brisbane ended up with not only the flood water, but the water from the dam as well.
The picture being painted before the start of a commission of inquiry, headed by Supreme Court judge Cate Holmes, is that the Brisbane River flood was largely the product of water released from the dam.

 

So I am certainly wondering why the State Government is keeping these thousands of people on hold. A lot have already said that they wish to rebuild where they were. If most of the flood was the Governments own fault, let these people get on with their lives, instead of going around telling people they will have to wait.

To see larger versions of the photo’s above plus a lot more photo’s, the Courier Mail has a photo gallery of the big clean up.

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6 Responses to The Aftermath in Pictures(Queensland Floods)

  1. Selma says:

    It is incredible to see those photos. I hope the powers that be do the right thing. Blaming people for where they live doesn’t help. It’s happened and people need help now. I hope the government does the right thing.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Selma,
      The photo’s help people I think to understand just how big this was, and the devastation that has occured. We hope the Government does the right thing, but at the moment it is not looking too good at all. I feel the powers that be really have to let all these people get on with their lives.

  2. travelrat says:

    Alas, Queensland isn’t the only government to take global warming THEORIES as ‘gospel’ … I don’t think it’s unreasonable to take some precautions in case the scientists got it wrong.

    You only need to take a trip down the Murray … almost stagnant, the last time I visited; they said they’d had no significant rain since 1990. But … read the plaques on the trees and the houses, showing how high the water came in 19-whatever. And, I think it’s an extremely foolish and conceited scientist who can state categorically that it’s not going to happen again.

    (FWIW, my degree is in meteorology, and I always say (in fun!) that, if we can’t say with any certainty what the weather’s going to do next week, how can we make predictions for 50 years’ time?)

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      How true that is, too many Governments I feel taking warming as gospel. We have always had bad droughts here in OZ it’s part of the make up, and it’s always followed by floods, as you have seen the markers along the Murray, the farmers and all the people that live around the Murray knew the rains and floods would come again, they always do.

      Unfortunately just like Queensland no new dams for over 20 years, so now Victoria is starting to flood as well, as the water keeps on moving. More people losing their homes, and everything, it is beyond the ridiculous. I sincerely hope that no life’s will be lost in Victoria. Here in Queensland they are still finding people and the death toll is rising, there was no need for any of this to happen.

  3. kymbo says:

    I’ve made a similar collection of pics like these for later blog use, I also got originals of the Tasmania floods from a friend who went through it. They still dont do justice to all that water

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi kymbo,
      The pictures are unreal, but it is hard to see how much destruction there was.
      But I think the floods were shown just about all over the world, on different news sites, so I think there are a lot of people that have a fair idea, and a bit of understanding. But I agree the pictures don’t do justice to all the water.

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