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flooding in Queensland

Postby fredlk » Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:10 pm

Watching the past few days what's happening in Queensland and at the moment is happening in Brisbane is quite awful.
One moment you have a home and the next you don't. Even if the building survives, the mud and water has most probably destroyed the interior and all your possessions.
I'm happy I'm building in only concrete and steel .... and on a hill.

My family in Australia - none in Queensland - have survived terrible fires (Ash Wednesday), droughts, plagues (of Cane Toads). I'm pleased I live in Thailand.
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Re: flooding in Queensland

Postby fredlk » Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:28 pm

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Re: flooding in Queensland

Postby Roger Ramjet » Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:38 pm

Fred,
Strange as it may seem, the flooding in Queensland is seasonal - normally November to January. The Fitzroy River always floods, this time a real banker. When I was posted to Queensland with the Second Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment I went to floods, bush fires and every other civil emergency.... now the state has their own Emergency Service so the Army just loans them choppers. If you listen to the video reports from Rockhampton, the people just shrug and say they're used to it. There is a major army unit based in Rockhampton and as yet, they haven't been mobilised, so I think it's just a little worse than normal. Just another inconvenience that Aussies get used to and bounce back even stronger from. Notice that many houses are on stilts and have no ground floor. The rest of Australia and Australians will rally round and things will be back to normal in a few months. It's just part of the joys of living in Australia. The Diggers will be having fun with their Larks and Duwks if they still use them.
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Re: flooding in Queensland

Postby BKKBILL » Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:46 pm

Guess it’s like the red shirt protests last year. My friends in Canada knew more about them that I did.

Seems the news outlets tend to sensationalize everything.
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Re: flooding in Queensland

Postby Roger Ramjet » Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:25 pm

Bill,
It's like the floods they had here when the Chao Phraya flooded this year. It happens nearly every year, but this year there was just that bit extra of massive incompetence when a week after the floods were over a district chief said they would have to start rationing water because they had let so much go during the floods they were down to just 42%. And look at the south of Thailand, it has been flooded down there for weeks, but we rarely see that reported in the papers.
I recall travelling to Malaysia on a visa run (my first and only time by train) and Hat Yai was flooded so badly nothing moved, so the train just turned around and came back after 3 hours wait. I knew I would have problems with Immigration understanding, so I took along local Thai paper clippings. Once they read the articles they just stamped my passport. There was nothing reported in Bangkok.
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Re: flooding in Queensland

Postby Roger Ramjet » Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:42 pm

Now here's a video of the floods. I wonder if the people that put money in the parking meters have a claim? I'd love to see the insurance claim forms and their explanation as to who/which vehicle caused the accident/s.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2011/01/11/3110493.htm
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Re: flooding in Queensland

Postby fredlk » Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:08 pm

No Roger it's really not that bad at all. This from the BBC:

Australia floods: Fears worsen for Brisbane

12 January 2011 Last updated at 12:29 GMT

Up to 20,000 homes are now at risk in Brisbane, as deadly floodwater hit Australia's third-largest city, officials in the Queensland state say.
Central Brisbane is a ghost town, with electricity cut and thousands of people fleeing the rising waters.
West of Brisbane, the city of Ipswich is being swamped by flood waters in a situation described as "total chaos".
The death toll from the flash floods in Queensland is 12 so far, with dozens of others reported missing.
On Wednesday, boats and pontoons floated down the roaring Brisbane river, along with massive amounts of debris.
Many roads around the city were shut, and resident had to use boats and kayaks to move around.
In low-lying suburbs only rooftops and the tops of trees remained visible, eyewitnesses said.
Australian broadcaster ABC reports that the Brisbane river is now forecast to peak at 5.2m (17ft) in the early hours of Thursday, down from a prediction of 5.5m.
About 50 people are still missing in the Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane.
As the rain clears, search and rescue teams are ready to deploy in what Queensland Premier Anna Bligh described as a "very gruesome" task.
"I think we will all be shocked by what they will find," Ms Bligh said.
Power to central Brisbane has been cut in a move intended to prevent generators becoming a fire risk if flooded.
Shops put up signs that they would not open.
The Brisbane Courier Mail said 50 of the city's suburbs would be hit by flooding, and quoted Mayor Campbell Newman as saying some areas would be completely submerged.
He said Thursday would "be devastating for the residents and businesses affected".
The Brisbane river has burst its banks at Yeerongpilly and Indooroopilly, flooding streets. The paper quoted city council flood modelling as predicting that 40,000 properties would be affected.
Thousands of Brisbane residents have taken refuge in a number of specially-set evacuation centres.
Brisbane is facing a combined surge of water from the flooded Lockyer Valley and the Wivenhoe Dam, which is so full that it has been forced into controlled releases.
High tides - known as king tides - will exacerbate the problem on Thursday.
Sandbags have been given out to residents of Brisbane, a city with a population of two million.
There are reports of at least one bull shark being spotted in the flooded streets, says ABC.
In Ipswich, the Queensland Times said 3,000 homes were under water and 1,100 people have gone to evacuation centres.
The Bremer river, which runs through the city, is now expected to peak at 19.5m on Wednesday, revised downwards from 20.5m.
"It's the difference between bad news and devastation," Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said.
He said he expected flood levels to drop within the next 36 hours, allowing the clean-up to begin afterwards.
"If I find anybody looting in our city, they will be used as flood markers," he warned.
Eyewitness: "I'm on the roof of my house now with a mattress and a camping stove"
Train services have been suspended to the city.
Overall, Queensland's flooding has caused billions of dollars in damage and affected 200,000 people.
The worst affected area was the town of Toowoomba, west of Brisbane, where residents described an "instant inland tsunami" of 8m ripping through the streets on Monday.
Toowoomba mayor Peter Taylor told BBC Radio 4: "We're working 24 hours a day, responding on an emergency number for people who need any assistance in terms of evacuation."
The forecast is for more rain to come for some areas, and there are reports of flooding in neighbouring New South Wales, with the Clarence River expected to peak at 7m.
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Re: flooding in Queensland

Postby Roger Ramjet » Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:16 am

Fred,
There is nothing that I can do in Thailand except to do this; http://www.qld.gov.au/floods/ which I and it would appear a lot of Australians have already done.
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