Saturday, February 2, 2013

QLD Floods 2013: Brisbane, Australia

2 years ago (January 2011), Queensland was devastated by floods. In some areas, they were the worst on record. In Brisbane, the river rose just short of the 1974 flood levels. There were many homes and lives lost in and around Brisbane and so much devastation across our entire state of Queensland.


Fast forward to the 24-28th January, 2013 (including Australia Day weekend)... Queensland was again devastated by flooding caused by Tropical Cyclone Oswald, including 6 tornados just off the coast of Qld. Some parts of Queensland were much worse off than in 1974 & 2011 with all-time record breaking flooding.

The high winds have caused a great deal of destruction along the coast. The areas of Wynnum, Cleveland, and other bayside suburbs along Moreton Bay were ravaged by torrential rain and wind speeds of 95km/hr which caused king tides, uprooted trees and flooded coastal roads & businesses.





It has been heartbreaking to watch the news. Many people who lost their homes in 2011, had only just rebuilt, and have again lost everything. But the "Aussie Spirit" is evident... communities brought together, neighbours and strangers lending a helping hand to clean up once again.

In Brisbane, we were much luckier this year. The Brisbane River peaked at half the level of 2011. The city centre didn't go completely under as it did back then. But certain businesses & homes right on the river were affected once again.

The Bicentennial Bikeway, running along the Brisbane River, the length of Coronation Drive, was completely under water...


On Tuesday, Michael & I took a walk along the riverwalk below Kangaroo Point (which was totally under water in 2011). Some parts were under only a few centimeters of water but most of the walkway was spared.
Here are some shots (with some comparisons from 2011 - all images are mine)...

January 13, 2011. 5:35pm (after the river levels had subsided a little - peak levels were at 3am)


January 29, 2013. 11:29am

January 13, 2011. 5:30pm - 14 hours after the highest river peak
(these sculptures and the picnic table rooves were almost entirely submerged at 3am that same morning)


January 29, 2013. 11:58am - Around the peak in river levels.




Across the river, the Eagle Street Pier precinct riverwalk was underwater. This time around, the restaurants were spared.

More flood shots to come!

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32 comments:

Juliana said...

impressive...

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Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

i've been really worried about your area. the scenes we see on the news most recent are wild & so scary looking. love your views. nice work. those clouds are just amazing. they usually are after lots of rain & bad weather. we have been dealing with terrible wind, floods & hot & now freezing cold temps. thanks, for sharing with us. take care. ( :

nic.b van es said...

dit moet heel erg geweest zijn ,je zal maar alles verloren zijn ,en dan bedoel ik niet je bezittingen maar vooral familie.

TexWisGirl said...

so sorry for the devastation and the lives lost...

GB said...

Obviously I followed the floods on television here in NZ but it is always more 'real' when you see photos by someone you know. It brings it home somehow. I hope that you were not affected Liz.

Brian King said...

Good grief! That's an amazing amount of water! You did a great job of showing it! Sorry to hear about the death and destruction. It's hard to imagine unless you've been through it.

Buttons said...

Oh your stunning photos show those of us who have no idea what it means when they say flooding. Liz these photos say it all. I am so sad for everyone going through this. Take care. B

'Tsuki said...

you are so right, it is heartbreaking all those trees uprooted by the flow... I hope your city will be able to save some of them. Nice reflections, though.

Hanne Bente said...

Nice pictures you show. Wish you a good weekend :)

Black Jack's Carol said...

Your excellent photographs put a real face on this disaster and the comparisons to 2011 are most appreciated as well. Those wonderful sculptures of the children really touched my heart. My thoughts are with each person affected by the floods. I am glad you are okay.

Susie of Arabia said...

That is so sad about people being hit again by the floods. Glad you weren't affected this time. I absolutely love the red people sculptures!

Audrey said...

et bien,quelle crue ! Oo

SandyCarlson said...

Your urban landscape is art itself!

Cathy (aka CrafteeCC) said...

great pics - it is good that you were able to document it - visiting from Weekend Reflections

Jessica Sweeney said...

Great photos! Sorry to hear about all the flooding and devastation. It takes a long time to rebuild, and I can only imagine how hard it must have been for some people to face more flooding after rebuilding. Glad to hear people are pulling together, though. Thanks for sharing the photos. :)

Ross said...

Sorry to hear about all the flooding again! It's good to hear that it wasn't quite as bad as the last time. We are bracing ourselves for severe flooding when all our snow melts this spring. We've had more snow than we've had in seventy years! Two years ago we had severe flooding because of the snow melt and several homes were destroyed and so what's happening in your country hits close to home!

Ross said...

Sorry to hear about all the flooding again! It's good to hear that it wasn't quite as bad as the last time. We are bracing ourselves for severe flooding when all our snow melts this spring. We've had more snow than we've had in seventy years! Two years ago we had severe flooding because of the snow melt and several homes were destroyed and so what's happening in your country hits close to home!

Pat Tillett said...

Your photos are so beautiful that it is hard to imagine all the damage and heartache caused by all that flooding. Great post...

Seeing Each Day said...

Yes, I'll never forget that time. Myself and my daughter were visiting my Mum and stepfather in Brisbane two days before the flood - Mum had been talking about the constant rain. We took Rosie to a play park in Milton/Roslea. We'd planned to meet with my cousin who lives in Toowoomba, but at Ipswich on the Monday. When it was obvious that we couldn't travel, she and I spoke on the phone that morning as compensation - the last thing she said to me was that she was going to go to the shops to get nappies for her youngest. Then a few hours later I saw on the TV what had happened in Toowoomba - my heart just froze with worry that my cousin could have lost her life. She didn't, but still to this day I think of those people that my worry was a reality. We left for the airport on the day that the Brisbane rivers were rising rapidly, and then the next day I watched on the TV back home about the floods and the devastation. Can't imagine the emotions and devastation (and frustration due to lack of giving of insurance!!) that people went through. Renee

Steffi said...

Very impressive Photos!But sorry to hear about all the flooding again!I have see it at T.V.That´s so terrible.

Stewart M said...

What a crazy country we live in - when these floods recent floods were happening, Tasmania was having record high temps and fire!

Cheers

Stewart M - Melbourne

Bob Bushell said...

It must be trajic the events that happened over there. I feel for you.

Tricia Hays said...

My goodness, just horrible flooding... I'm so sorry & prayers for the lives lost & those who lost property!

I hope you don't mind, but I would like to link up this post for WW for other participants to see.
Thank you

Judy said...

I am so sorry about the lost lives. Flooding has such devestaion.

Elaine said...

Heartbreaking to face severe flooding again so soon after the last. My prayers for all those affected.

Saun said...

Oh wow those are some great shots!

Leave It To Davis said...

Flooding, drought...Looks like Mother Nature could send some of your rain our way. So sorry to hear about your flooding. You took some really good pictures!

Jan n Jer said...

Mother nature can be so vicious at times.

Kim, USA said...

No matter how prepared we are if mother nature unleash it's fury we can't do anything about it. I cannot imagine a water could uproot a huge tree amazing. Thanks for sharing!

Kim,USA

Michael S-B said...

Great article, Liz. And great choice of photos to go with it. Xoxoxo

eileeninmd said...

It is heartbreaking to hear about so much devastation. I feel sorry for those who had rebuilt only to get hit again. Your photos are amazing. Thanks for sharing, have a great day!

Joop Zand said...

My goodness, thats a terrible situation Liz,
photo's are amazing Liz.

Greetings, Joop

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