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Brisbane River to fall by 1.2m by Friday
Brisbane residents can expect to see a significant drop in the flood level when they wake on Friday morning.
Manager of the Bureau of Meteorology's Flood Warning Service, Peter Baddiley, said the Brisbane River had been slowly falling since reaching a peak of 4.46 metres early Thursday morning.
The peak was around one metre less than the levels in the 1974 floods.
Forecasters said it is expected to fall to 3.2 metres by Friday morning.
'For residents affected by the flood, they will notice a significant fall when they see the river in daylight,' Mr Baddiley said.
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Thursday, January 13, 2011 » 10:06pm
Two men in a tinnie have pulled off a dramatic rescue on the swollen Brisbane River after a yacht capsized, plunging its two occupants into the water.
Queensland Police said the pair were lucky to escape serious injury after the yacht broke its moorings just after 5.30pm (AEST) on Thursday and began floating at speed down the river.
It then hit a submerged object, tearing a hole in the bottom and eventually tipping, throwing the men into the water.
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Updates Courtesy: 24/7 Flood Centre News.com.au
10.20pm: Up to 80 trucks are stranded on the side of road at Halfway Creek, north of Coffs Harbour, a reader reports.
9.51pm: Army all-terrain vehicles will be deployed tonight to assist thousands of families stranded in Brisbane's west who are running out of food.
9.14pm: The latest update on the Brisbane River rescue is that two people have been rescued in front of the historic Customs House building, after their stricken yacht capsized while floating out of control down the Brisbane River, The Courier-Mail reports.
8.33pm: Water use warning. From The Chronicle:
DALBY'S water treatment plant is again at risk of failing as an already swollen Condamine River has started to rise again.
Western Downs Regional Council has asked residents to limit all water use to drinking, showering and emergency only. No food clean-up or outside use is allowed.
(Ipswich Coles Before)
(Ipswich Coles After)
By Megan Neil, Tracey Ferrier and AAP reporters
Bligh sheds tears for shattered state
Queensland faces a reconstruction task of post-war proportions and it may be many months before some of the thousands of evacuees can go home, an emotional premier has warned.
After Brisbane was crippled by flooding and a third of Ipswich went under water, authorities were increasingly concerned that the border town of Goondiwindi would be the next to be hit by raging floodwaters.
The town's 6000 residents were on standby to evacuate on Thursday night
Full Story: news.ninemsn.com.au...
FLOOD WARNING SYSTEM for the MACINTYRE AND WEIR RIVERS
The Macintyre and Weir Rivers drain an area of about 44,000 square kilometres, most of which lies in the southern border parts of Queensland, with a small part of the basin extending into New South Wales. The Macintyre River has three main tributaries - the Macintyre River in New South Wales, the Dumaresq River along the border, and the Macintyre Brook. Major flooding can occur along each of these river systems causing isolation of towns and rural lands, and severe flooding at times in the Goondiwindi area.
Major flooding is also experienced along the Weir River which joins the Macintyre about 200 kilometres downstream from Goondiwindi, near Talwood.
Further Information: www.bom.gov.au...
Nail-biting wait as flood heads for Goondiwindi
The small Queensland town of Goondiwindi is bracing itself for floodwaters with fears the Macintyre River could breach a levee.
The Macintyre is expected to reach a peak of 10.85 metres late tonight or early tomorrow morning, which will come close to the 11m levee bank.
A hospital and nursing home have been evacuated in the town as a precautionary measure against the floods.
"We already know it will be a record flood water level in Goondiwindi, the question is whether that level will go over the edge of the levee bank," Premier Anna Bligh said
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Live Updates Courtesy: News.com.au
*** Update ***
11.08pm: Queensland's richest man Clive Palmer says he used his private helicopter to save 60 stranded people in the flood-ravaged Lockyer Valley after emergency crews failed to show
Mining magnate Clive Palmer's chopper rescues 60 peoplel stricken by Queensland floods
QUEENSLAND'S richest man Clive Palmer says he used his private helicopter to save 60 stranded people in the flood-ravaged Lockyer Valley after emergency crews failed to show.
Four employees at his stud farm at Lowood huddled on a rooftop for at least 12 hours, watching horses drown below them, before Mr Palmer was forced to send in his own reinforcements.
"They thought they were going to die," he told AAP today.
"They asked the SES to get there, but they didn't so we got our own chopper there at 4.30am and got them off the roof."
Mr Palmer said the wall of water that hit the valley on Monday took everyone by surprise, and prompted panic at his Cold Mountain Stud, where the four employees struggled to round up his valuable horses.
Massive clean-up begins in Brisbane
As floodwaters subside in Brisbane, residents are returning home to begin a clean-up "of post-war proportions".
''That is how we are seeing it and that is the sort of steely determination that it will require,'' Premier Anna Bligh said yesterday.
But residents might not recognise their own neighbourhood when they return, with once-pretty suburban streetscapes stained with a brown stinky sludge.
The Brisbane River has fallen to around 3m from a peak of 4.46m and is continuing to drop in the Queensland capital.
More than 26,000 homes and 5000 businesses in 67 suburbs have been affected, more than 150 roads remain closed and the city remains in effective lockdown, with power and public transport still shaky.
Montannah Creasy gets a hug from her Black Hawk rescuer Tony Young
HE did it because it is all he knows to do, and yesterday the mother of little Montannah Creasy, saved in the floods, had the chance to say thank you.
Warrant Officer Tony Young yesterday was reunited with the little girl he helped save earlier this week, and while WO2 Young was pleased to see the family happy and alive, little Montannah was just plain overwhelmed.
The crew of Black Hawk 220 landed at Gatton Event Centre where Roslyn Perry was waiting with her little girl.
"Thank you so much," were the first words from Roslyn's mouth.
"No worries," WO2 Young said.
Hundreds were left stranded on Monday when the order to evacuate Forest Hill was given and WO2 Young saw Roslyn struggling across a field with the 13-month-old Montannah
More Images: news.ninemsn.com.au...
Telstra flood update
With waters receding, our focus today is to repower, repair and restore network sites so that more customers can be connected.
As was the case yesterday, the biggest challenges for Telstra continues to be power, access to our sites, and damage by flood waters to our infrastructure. As such, some customers will still be experiencing issues with their landline, mobile, and broadband/Foxtel services.
We have a long road ahead in repairing the network, and we will see customer impacts vary over that time.
Today, we have seen a decline in the number of areas that are inaccessible. As it becomes safe, Telstra crews will move in to repower and repair network infrastructure to get customers connected as quickly as we can. There are still more than 200 areas where we cannot access network sites due to safety reasons. This figure constantly changes as the situation alters.
Key restoration works:
We have seen restoration overnight of mobile services north of Brisbane and to the south and south west of Brisbane including areas such as Albion, Dinmore, Taringa, Karalee and Indooroopilly.
We have also had landline and/or mobile services restored in Lowood, Karalee, Mt Crosby, Bulimba, Red Gate, Camp Hill, Bulimba, Pinkenba and Borallon.
The Australian Defence Force provided a charter flight from Brisbane to Kingaroy last night for two Telstra technicians to assess a fibre cable link which was damaged between Kingaroy and Dalby. Repairs to this cable are ongoing.
Telstra is monitoring the network closely.
We are well resourced with an extra 130 staff on the ground to help our local teams. We have a portable exchange and Cells on Wheels, which are transportable mobile base stations, that will be used where possible to have services up and running quicker.
It is anticipated that Telstra will deploy Cells On Wheels in the Lockyer Valley area to ensure people have mobile coverage. Actual locations will be determined in consultation with emergency services.
We can advise that key interstate transmission links are holding up well.
Further Information: exchange.telstra.com.au...
Originally posted by Southern Guardian
This is horrible. People have lost loved ones, they have lost houses, property, livelyhoods.... I really hope most of these folks are insured... I hope the Australians can overcome this... this is just horrible.
Search goes on for Grantham's flood dead
A line of police is searching for bodies in the fields leading into Grantham in the Lockyer Valley, after an extreme flash flood roared down the range.
A man's body was found in fields on Thursday, and another was found in a Grantham home on Wednesday.
Twelve more locals are missing, Inspector Mark Kelly said.
Many didn't have time to run.
The wall of water that hit the town on Monday ripped the town apart.
It picked up one house and threw it into a melon field. Another home slid two metres off its foundations.
Smashed cars were wedged up against trees, and fridges and freezers were strewn about.
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Shoppers donate $4m to flood affected --- Friday, January 14, 2011 » 03:20pm
Coles and Woolworths say they've collected more than $4 million in donations from shoppers so far, while big business has also rushed to help flood-affected Queensland.
The latest running tally puts Coles donations at $2.3 million, while Woolworths is fast approaching $2 million.
The fresh food people have also pledged to match shopper donations dollar for dollar, which is likely to make it the biggest corporate donor so far, ahead of the Commonwealth Bank with its offering of $1.35 million.
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Major Brisbane road at risk: mayor
Part of one of Brisbane's major arterial roads may be at risk of slipping into the Brisbane River following this week's flood.
Coronation Drive, which runs parallel to the river in Toowong, in the city's inner-west, remained closed on Friday after the inundation, which deposited between 150mm and 200mm of silt.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman said there was a major landslip around The Regatta Hotel after the 1974 flood, and there were fears history would repeating itself.
"As the river drops, that is when you can have landslip on the banks of the Brisbane River," he told reporters on Friday.
RACQ Traffic & Road Conditions: www.racq.com.au...
QLD Govt Road Warnings and ''No Go Zones" - highload.131940.qld.gov.au...
Massive defence deployment for Qld
The biggest defence deployment for a natural disaster since Cyclone Tracy has been sent into Queensland, as authorities warned the bodies of some victims of the floods disaster may never be found.
The crisis, which has affected three-quarters of the state including the capital Brisbane over the past three weeks, is far from over, with the residents of the border town of Goondiwindi now anxiously watching the Macintyre River as it heads for a record flood.
Some towns and even Brisbane suburbs remain totally cut off and it may be early next week before the CBD returns to normal.