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