Thursday, January 13, 2011

Disaster in my home towns of SE Queensland Australia 10+ dead & 78+ missing

I was very busy when I heard about the flooding in my home area (where I was born in Ipswich and lived their and Toowoomba, Gatton, Redbank Plains near Goodna and spent all but the last 2 years of my life while in mid north QLD Townsville) of South East Queensland till yesterday and last night called my mum in SW Ipswich who had my brother and sister and adorable niece over. I called them after watching 4mins of this 25min youtube

This video just in the 1st few minutes hit home with me because I lived and spent time in these areas. The town Grantham in the Lockyer Valley between Brisbane and Toowoomba I am sure I did travel through from Gatton when I lived their in 2001 for University and 2003 with friends on a Goat Milk farm to do work up in Toowoomba. The Forest Hill town I went to in that time for its great pub with a pool table and juke box. I also attended Uni their in Gatton while working for the biggest Compost manufacturer in Queensland in 2005,6. I also visited with many farmers and did the local shows their for fun and selling the compost in order to help them go organic. Friends close to our family are also in the lockyer valley that I am going to check on now to make sure they are safe.

I found out my nan in NW Ipswich was without power for about 2 days and she is in her 80's and that part of Ipswich was cut off and like an Island surrounded by water. I will call my nan in afew hours. Luckily she had my aunt to look after her on the new island.

In my call to my mum my bro Michael shared the horrors of the wall of water hitting the Lockyer Valley town of Grantham with many floating bodies (I am guessing many of the missing are probably dead, unfortunately probably in what this guy recorded) that made the local want to destroy his video footage he had taken recording that. I have been thinking of that all night. It really hits my guts and makes me well up (become teary eyed).

I found these google maps of the area with info relevant to the flooding and evacuations.

I found this which helps explain how it all happened with the rainfall and how widespread it is.

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 refers to flagrant wrongdoing 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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This update also seems to reveal the cause of the flooding and share what is to come for us here in the Northern Hemisphere next year.

I am now going through my facebook feed from friends and family which are nearly all in that area and seeing even more of what is going on and how it is affecting them.

This is a map I found of just Brisbane flooding.

I just read how this affected Toowoomba which is literally a mountain top, so I am gobsmacked ie dumbfound at to how it happened just as the report above shares. I have many friends their I want to chase up to make sure they are ok. I will report on later.

I also worked out at Dalby 2003-6.

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