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    Brisbane River has now burst it's banks , evacuations are reported as being undertaken in the CBD .

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    Parts of Brisbane evacuated as floodwaters rise
    11 January 2011


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    Parts of Brisbane's CBD are being evacuated as the Brisbane River begins to rise, bursting its banks in the West End.

    After weeks of flooding in the state - and unprecedented flash flooding which has killed at least eight people in Toowoomba and surrounding areas- Queensland's capital is bracing for the worst.

    In the West End of the city, people have been urged to move to higher ground.

    Police have urged all residents who live or are currently near the Brisbane River in the West End to move to safer areas.

    They also say that the Ipswich Motorway, running to the west of Brisbane may shortly be closed due to flooding in both directions.

    West of the city in Forest Hill, an Emergency Alert has been issued for flash flooding where 200 people have been evacuated, AAP reported.

    The alert says people should warn neighbours to secure their belongings and evacuate to the School of Arts Hall in Railway Street. There are also reports that Laidley, between Toowoomba and Brisbane, is being evacuated.

    There are reports that low-lying areas in parts of the Northern Suburbs, such as Strathpyne, are being evacuated, with levels expected to exceed those of the devastating 1974 floods.

    Toowoomba toll to rise

    Prime Minister Julia Gillard has warned that the flood crisis in Queensland is far from over, warning there are "dark days ahead".

    "The nation needs to brace itself for the fact… the death toll is likely to rise," Ms Gillard says.

    Meanwhile, Queensland police have confirmed the following eight victims of
    flash flooding in Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley:

    -A woman and child in a vehicle in the Toowoomba CBD
    -A woman and two children in a vehicle at Grantham
    -A middle aged man and a young man in the Murphys Creek area
    -An elderly woman in her home at Helidon

    Meanwhile, whole families are unaccounted for after flash floods in southern Queensland, with eight confirmed dead and Premier Anna Bligh warning the toll could rise dramatically.

    Ms Bligh said authorities were considering declaring a mega-disaster zone over a "significant region" of Queensland, a move that would be unprecedented in the state's history.

    "We are just looking for an appropriate northern line and everything south of that would be declared," she said.

    The premier said four of the confirmed deaths were children, and there were fears for many other people, with 72 unaccounted for.

    "We have eight confirmed deaths at this point but we expect that figure to rise and potentially quite dramatically," Ms Bligh told reporters on Tuesday.

    If you are concerned about relatives in Toowoomba, call 1300 99 31 91. To contact the SES in Queensland, call 132 500, and head to the Department of Main Roads for full road closures information.

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    CBD exodus as Brisbane flood threat grows
    January 11, 2011

    Floods headed for Brisbane

    Brisbane City Council has released a list of suburbs in the state capital where properties are likely to be inundated by water on Wednesday.

    UPDATE: Brisbane's central business district is emptying as office workers attempt to leave the area with the Brisbane River breaching its banks at multiple locations.

    A number of buildings in the city centre and Fortitude Valley are being evacuated, while West End residents have been urged to move to higher ground. The river has also reportedly breached its banks at New Farm and Auchenflower.

    North of the city, Caboolture has become completely isolated, while Strathpine residents are also being told to make for higher ground.


    Crowds gather in Brisbane's Central Station in a bid to flee the CBD.
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    Roads are crowded and thousands of people are flocking to use public transport as people seek to leave the CBD for their homes.

    Evacuations are also under way on Brisbane’s northside at Albion and Bowen Hills, the ABC reported.

    The gates have been thrown open to commuters at Brisbane's Central Station. A Translink spokeswoman said speculation that public transport would grind to a halt at 2pm was unfounded.


    Brisbane's Eagle Street Pier was deserted this morning as riverside restaurants evacuated in preparation for the river to rise.
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    Susan MacDonald, who was waiting for a train to get to her house in Middle Park in Brisbane’s west, said her entire office was ordered to go home.

    "Our office is down at Eagle Street; we can see the river coming up," she said.

    Several Queensland government departments have ordered workers to go home, and there have also been reports of buildings being evacuated in Fortitude Valley.


    Detail of a map showing some of the Brisbane suburbs that are expected to be inundated tomorrow.

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    Public service employees in Brisbane have been granted special leave to return home if they have concern about their properties.

    Many businesses are closed, as staff go home to secure their properties.

    The Riverwalk in the city has been shut off and the Powerhouse in New Farm has been closed. Businesses along Coronation Drive have also been evacuated.

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    The Brisbane River rising on January 11, in this photo taken by brisbanetimes.com.au reader Ed Sawkins
    An evacuation of Waterfront Place on Eagle Street is under way, according to a spokeswoman for the building owner and manager Stockland.

    She said the evacuation was precautionary. Two riverside restaurants in Brisbane’s CBD are evacuating and stripping their businesses in preparation for inundation.

    Staff at Jellyfish restaurant and Boardwalk Bar and Bistro were pulling furniture and electrical appliances out of their restaurants on Eagle Street Pier this morning as they watched the river level rise.

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    Police have urged all residents who live, or are currently, near the Brisbane River at West End to move to safer areas.

    "The Brisbane River has risen and we are starting to see the water enter streets in the low lying areas of West End," police said.

    A number of roads in the area are blocked as residents attempt to leave the suburb.

    'Wall of water' heading for Wivenhoe Dam

    Authorities are conducting new modelling to see what the wall of water ripping through the Lockyer Valley will mean for Wivenhoe Dam, Premier Anna Bligh says, as Brisbane and south-east Queensland prepares for more severe weather today.

    Much of the deluge that fell in the Toowoomba region and is now ripping a path of devastation in the Lockyer Valley will move into the catchment of the Wivenhoe Dam system that feeds Brisbane.

    Ms Bligh warned large releases of water would be required from Wivenhoe Dam as a result of higher-than-expected inflows, with water then set to flow through the Brisbane River.

    The Premier said authorities must continue to ensure the dam functioned properly.

    "Releases from Wivenhoe are not optional, there is no discretion here," she said.

    Ms Bligh said flood modelling and dam operations were continually being reviewed.

    "It is a constantly changing situation," she said.

    More severe weather for Brisbane

    Meanwhile, a severe weather warning has been issued for much of south-east Queensland, including Brisbane and the south-east coast, Darling Downs and the Granite Belt south-east of Dalby to Goondiwindi.

    The Bureau of Meteorology is warning of heavy rainfall causing localised flash flooding and worsening the existing river flood situation.

    Thousands of Brisbane properties at risk

    Eight thousand Brisbane properties could be at risk of further flooding tomorrow, while 400 streets may also be affected in some way, according to Brisbane City Council forecasts issued yesterday.

    Authorities say Wivenhoe Dam, built partly as a flood mitigation strategy after the 1974 flood, was all that stood in the way of a repeat of the devastating event.
    Last night, as Queensland's flood crisis took a dramatic and deadly turn for the worse, Brisbane City Council released a list of suburbs in the state capital where properties were likely to be inundated tomorrow.

    Lord Mayor Campbell Newman said the Brisbane River could rise by up to half a metre more than it did yesterday, due to a combination of high tides, heavy rainfall and necessary releases from the rapidly filling Wivenhoe Dam.

    The council identified 455 properties that would experience some flooding tomorrow, at least 221 of which were homes and businesses.

    These high-risk properties include residential and business properties in Albion, Auchenflower, Brisbane City, Bowen Hills, Bulimba, Fortitude Valley, Graceville, Hemmant, Indooroopilly, Kangaroo Point, Lytton, Milton, New Farm, Newstead, Norman Park, Oxley, Pinkenba, Rocklea, Sherwood, Tennyson, Wacol, Windsor and Yeronga.

    A spokeswoman said the council's modelling had also identified an additional 7731 properties that may possibly see some flooding either on the land or outside the property, depending on the severity of flooding.

    More than 400 streets would be affected by flooding in some way tomorrow, she said.

    The council has dispatched seven rapid response group teams to doorknock and letterbox drop details to the 221 most-at-risk homes and businesses.

    Brisbane's Local Disaster Co-ordination Centre has been activated and tens of thousands of sandbags are being made available at council depots in Darra, Morningside, Zillmere and Newmarket.

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    thread also here :

    https://teakdoor.com/world-news/85313...ba-2011-a.html (Australia : Toowoomba 2011)

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    Man bugger me with a rag man's bugle ... one for the history books for sure.

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    Spills to increase from straining Wivenhoe Dam, which is at 175 per cent of capacity
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    January 11, 2011

    WATER managers are ramping up flood releases as Wivenhoe Dam upstream of the city reaches 175 per cent and is rising.


    The releases will push up the already heavily flooded Brisbane River, threatening city suburbs.

    Heavy rain in the Stanley River upstream of Somerset Dam and in the Brisbane Valley above Wivenhoe has produced enormous inflows.

    Somerset Dam is at 160 per cent and releasing water into Wivenhoe, which is dispersing water into the Brisbane River

    About 236,000 ML a day is being released but this will increase later today to ensure the dam remains safe.

    As a result of Lockyer Creek floods and Wivenhoe releases, Twin Bridges, Savages Crossing, Burtons Bridge, Kholo Bridge Colleges Crossing, Fernvale Bridge, and Mt Crosby Weir Bridge may be inundated until Sunday.

    Somerset is expected to keep rising and Kilcoy residents are being warned of flooding.

    Five gates are open at North Pine Dam, north of Brisbane, releasing about 15,000 ML a day and will continue until at least tomorrow.

    Leslie Harrison Dam in Redland city also is releasing water.

    A minor release of around 1200 ML day is being made at Hinze Dam on the Gold Coast.

    Water Grid spokesperson Dan Spiller said vital water infrastructure in the upper Somerset towns of Kilcoy, Jimna and Linville had been damaged and residents were being urged to conserve water.

    ``We have a limited supply in local reservoirs that is expected to last one to three days,'' Mr Spiller said.

    ``Power is currently down at the main water treatment plant in Kilcoy, with flood water restricting access to rectify the situation.''

    In Jimna and Linville rising waters have impacted infrastructure that supports the region's supply.

    Staff are working with Emergency Management Queensland in attempts to gain access to the plants and make repairs.

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    Floodwaters set to enter 6,500 Brisbane homes (Extra)
    Jan 11, 2011

    Sydney - As many as 6,500 houses in Australia's third-biggest city could be flooded and 15,000 people affected by the end of the week, Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman said Tuesday.

    Torrential rain that dumped 150 millimetres of water on the Queensland state capital in just three hours has seen the Brisbane River break its banks and put 30 low-lying suburbs of this city of 2 million at risk.

    Newman's estimate of the number of houses at risk of flooding was based on residential and business properties predicted to be under 50 centimetres of water or more.

    The mayor said the Brisbane River would peak Thursday at 4.2 metres.

    'To put that in context, the 1974 flood was higher, but a 4.2-metre reading at the Brisbane gauge is very significant indeed,' he said.

    The flood 37 years ago hit more than 6,700 houses and claimed 14 lives in Brisbane.

    The Wivenhoe dam, built after the 1974 floods to protect the city, was full and sending water over its spillway.

    'It's going to come down the river to the city of Brisbane, and there's not much dam managers can do about that,' Newman said.

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    OFFICE workers are streaming out of Brisbane's CBD as the Brisbane River breaks its banks with floods greater than 1974 expected to hit the southeast. Flood waters are heading towards Brisbane, with residents warned to prepare for a major flood as office workers and shoppers leave the CBD.
    There have been no forced evacuations in Brisbane, although the flood situation is rapidly worsening.

    Traffic is building up in and around Brisbane as people try to get home in the ongoing rain.

    The Myer Centre in Brisbane's CBD has been evacuated and will close its doors due to possible flooding.

    Police are urging residents in Red Hill to take care after reports of rocks falling on the roof of the Catholic Church in Musgrave Rd.

    Traffic is streaming out of the city as office blocks in Eagle and Wharf streets and restaurants along South Bank are evacuated. Congestion is heavy along Coronation Drive.

    Car parks in Brisbane's CBD have opened their boom gates and advised people to get their cars out.
    Queensland's largest hospital, the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, has cancelled all elective surgery and specialist outpatient appointments because of the floods crisis.
    Elective surgery and specialist outpatients' appointments have also been cancelled at Caboolture, Toowoomba, Ipswich, Oakey and Nambour.
    Caboolture, north of Brisbane, is now isolated by floodwaters and police have told all residents in low-lying areas to immediately move to higher ground.
    Police have told residents in low-lying areas of Strathpine and Caboolture to evacuate immediately.
    ``The flood levels are expected to be greater than the 1974 floods. Do not stay in your homes please leave immediately,'' the police alert said. ``Cars should be moved from low-lying areas.''
    Inner-Brisbane suburbs New Farm, West End, Fortitude Valley and Bowen Hills are now being evacuated.

    The Brisbane River has broken its banks at West End. Rivers and creeks throughout the region are still rising.
    Laidley residents have been told to get out as rapidly rising water threatens the Lockyer Valley community west of Brisbane.
    Water is rising quickly and properties are being inundated, posing an immediate danger to residents.
    Emergency services have told people to leave their homes and move to either Laidley Hospital or Laidley Works Depot, Frome St, Laidley.
    Evacuations are now being made int he suburbs of Forrest Hill, Laidley, West End, Strathpine, Caboolture, Toogoolawah and Esk.
    The Ipswich City Council is now opening evacuation centres.
    Bribie Island is also isolated, with all roads in and out cut off, whille there are reports of landslides at Dayboro and Mt Nebo.
    Places facing floods include Ipswich, Moggill, Jindalee, West End, Caboolture, Pine Rivers, Amberley, Walloon, Rosewood, Kalbar, Boonah, Kilcoy and Aratula and through a wide arc south including Stanthorpe and NSW border areas.
    Weather Bureau forecaster Peter Baddiley warned of fast river and creek rises west of Brisbane as flood waters from the Lockyer Valley and surrounding catchments move east.
    This will impact the Brisbane and Bremer rivers and Lockyer and Warrill and Laidley creeks.
    Mr Baddiley described floods in Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley as shocking.
    He said low lying area near creeks and rivers faced fast river rises as water moved from those regions into the Brisbane area.
    ``We've got a continuing high but narrow rainfall band and are warning residents to move away ... to higher ground,'' he said.
    ``We're not talking flash floods here (like Toowoomba). This will be over a slower time scale and the river will continue to rise for several days.''
    Rapid rises are being recorded along Tenthill Creek in the Lockyer, with the main flood waters at Lyons Bridge. Levels above 17m are forecast.
    Flows from the Bremer and Lockyer catchments combined with releases from Wivenhoe dam will increase levels in Brisbane today.
    At the Brisbane city gauge, minor flood levels of about 2.1 metres are expected
    with the afternoon high tide and moderate flood levels of 2.6 metres with the overnight high tide.
    Rises to 3.5 metres (major) are expected on Wednesday afternoon, with higher levels likely on Thursday.
    The Moggill reach of the river will rise to at least 15 metres (moderate) Wednesday and 9 metres at Jindalee.
    Police are advising people near the Brisbane River at West End to move to higher ground.
    ""The Brisbane River has risen and we are starting to see the water enter streets in the low lying areas of West End." a police spokesman said.
    Bureau of Meteorology spokesman Brett Harrison says tomorrow's high tide is likely to push the Brisbane River level to three metres.

    Lord Mayor Campbell Newman says the flood threat is real and residents should heed the warning.

    The Bremer River at Ipswich, west of Brisbane, is expected to peak at midday.

    Several homes at Karalee are expected to be inundated but Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale says the city's central business district should not be affected.

    This comes after Cr Newman warned yesterday that more water was flowing into the Wivenhoe Dam than the Brisbane River had received in the 1974 floods.
    Queensland Premier Anna Bligh says more water will be released from Wivenhoe Dam today to try and reduce the flood threat.

    "The releases being made from Wivenhoe Dam are not optional," she said.
    The Brisbane City Council last night issued a warning for residents in more than 30 suburbs to expect flooding.
    The 30 suburbs set to experience flooding tomorrow are: Albion, Auchenflower, Bowen Hills, Brisbane City, Bulimba, Chelmer, Coorparoo, East Brisbane, Fairfield, Fig Tree Pocket, Fortitude Valley, Graceville, Hemmant, Indooroopilly, Kangaroo Point, Lytton, Milton, Moggill, Murarrie, New Farm, Newstead, Norman Park, Oxley, Pinkenba, Rocklea, Sherwood, South Brisbane, Tennyson, Yeronga, Yerongpilly, Windsor and Wacol.
    Council has asked residents in flood-prone areas to collect sandbags from the following locations: Darra Works Depot, Shamrock Rd, Darra; Morningside Works Depot, Redfern Street, Morningside; Newmarket SES Depot, Wilston Rd, Newmarket and Zillmere Works Depot, Jennings Street, Zillmere.
    Lord Mayor warns 6500 homes and businesses around Brisbane will go under as the city's flood crisis worsens | Courier Mail

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    Water Release Update (Tuesday 11 January, 1.00pm)

    Wivenhoe Dam
    Releases through five gates have been increased to 344,000 megalitres as at 1.00pm and may need to be increased to around 516,000 megalitres a day by Wednesday 12 January due to rainfall in the Stanley and Upper Brisbane.

    Local Councils have been advised that as a result of Lockyer Creek flows, local runoff and Wivenhoe releases, Twin Bridges, Savages Crossing, Burtons Bridge, Kholo Bridge Colleges Crossing, Fernvale Bridge, and Mt Crosby Weir Bridge may be inundated until at least Sunday 16 January.

    There is currently NO ACCESS to Wivenhoe Dam, including the Spillway Common (Spillway viewing area). The entire site is closed.

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    Police warn owners to remove boats from Brisbane River as current sends barges and pontoons downstream


    AT least 10 barges and pontoons have broken from their moorings and are floating down the Brisbane River.

    A Maritime Safety Queensland spokesman said that strength of the current was pulling a number of vessels and pontoons from their moorings.
    ``The current strength of the current is about 7 to 8 knots and we are expecting it to get stronger as the day goes on,'' he said.
    Water police have advised boat owners to try and remove their boats from the Brisbane River if it safe to do so and transport them to Scarborough, where 74 berths have been made available.
    ``We are expecting a lot of debris to be floating down the Brisbane river and the more boats we can get out of the river before the worst of the flooding happens the better,'' said Sergeant Ed Mian.
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    It is rather wet at the moment, we are 10kms west of toowoomba, near a little town called Oakey, the town is cut off , no milk or bread available, our neighbours have just brought home a family of 8 plus dogs and cats ,whose home is underwater, communities are pulling together, because emergency services are stretched to the limit, maybe just maybe councils will now listen to common sense and stop all the development and building, natural watercourses and creeks are being filled in and built on , whole areas which are natural flood plains are being used as prime building land, the tragedy of toowoomba and outlying areas in my opinion could have been avoided, if all the highground around the town had not been cleared of woodland and scrub and turned into prime development property, this was a forecasted catastrophe waiting to happen, the same thing is happening in the coastal areas around brisbane as I write, still for the little man here in sunny qld it is a case of keeping feet and powder dry, help the neighbours , and watch out for looters!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ningi View Post
    It is rather wet at the moment, we are 10kms west of toowoomba, near a little town called Oakey, the town is cut off , no milk or bread available, our neighbours have just brought home a family of 8 plus dogs and cats ,whose home is underwater, communities are pulling together, because emergency services are stretched to the limit, maybe just maybe councils will now listen to common sense and stop all the development and building, natural watercourses and creeks are being filled in and built on , whole areas which are natural flood plains are being used as prime building land, the tragedy of toowoomba and outlying areas in my opinion could have been avoided, if all the highground around the town had not been cleared of woodland and scrub and turned into prime development property, this was a forecasted catastrophe waiting to happen, the same thing is happening in the coastal areas around brisbane as I write, still for the little man here in sunny qld it is a case of keeping feet and powder dry, help the neighbours , and watch out for looters!!
    Good luck to you all there.
    I know Oakey, lovely little place.

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    I saw that already, it is insane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ningi View Post
    It is rather wet at the moment, we are 10kms west of toowoomba, near a little town called Oakey, the town is cut off , no milk or bread available, our neighbours have just brought home a family of 8 plus dogs and cats ,whose home is underwater, communities are pulling together, because emergency services are stretched to the limit, maybe just maybe councils will now listen to common sense and stop all the development and building, natural watercourses and creeks are being filled in and built on , whole areas which are natural flood plains are being used as prime building land, the tragedy of toowoomba and outlying areas in my opinion could have been avoided, if all the highground around the town had not been cleared of woodland and scrub and turned into prime development property, this was a forecasted catastrophe waiting to happen, the same thing is happening in the coastal areas around brisbane as I write, still for the little man here in sunny qld it is a case of keeping feet and powder dry, help the neighbours , and watch out for looters!!
    stay safe mate.

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    My thoughts are with those affected. Fire and water--they make good servants, but poor masters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dug View Post
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    It is rather wet at the moment, we are 10kms west of toowoomba, near a little town called Oakey, the town is cut off , no milk or bread available, our neighbours have just brought home a family of 8 plus dogs and cats ,whose home is underwater, communities are pulling together, because emergency services are stretched to the limit, maybe just maybe councils will now listen to common sense and stop all the development and building, natural watercourses and creeks are being filled in and built on , whole areas which are natural flood plains are being used as prime building land, the tragedy of toowoomba and outlying areas in my opinion could have been avoided, if all the highground around the town had not been cleared of woodland and scrub and turned into prime development property, this was a forecasted catastrophe waiting to happen, the same thing is happening in the coastal areas around brisbane as I write, still for the little man here in sunny qld it is a case of keeping feet and powder dry, help the neighbours , and watch out for looters!!
    Good luck to you all there.
    I know Oakey, lovely little place.
    Thanks for your well wishes, least I dont have to mow the lawn!!

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    Just seen some footage on the news...looks horrendous, water nigh on covering house roofs.

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