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Port of Brisbane closed as river peaks
The Port of Brisbane has been closed to all shipping as the Brisbane River nears its flood peak.
Queensland Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts said the port would be closed "to all but emergency situations" from Tuesday night.
"That may have some impact on the ability to resupply some centres but authorities are working with transport companies at the moment on arrangements to ensure that appropriate resupply arrangements are put in place," he told a media briefing at 9.30pm (AEDT) on Tuesday.
Ipswich bracing for record flood
A young boy has died during a dramatic rescue in the flooded Ipswich area, as thousands in the region flee from what will be the city's highest river peak in more than a century.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the four-year-old, who was wearing a flotation jacket, fell out of a rescue boat and was swept away in floodwaters at Marburg, just west of Ipswich, on Tuesday afternoon.
"We've just found out a four-year-old-boy has fallen out of a boat and they've just found the body," Mr Pisasale told the ABC
Originally posted by Havick007
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This type of flood is very very rare. We do have floods and extreme weather but this type of flooding and its depth isn't something we have seen in a long time.
100,000 to be affected by power outage
About 100,000 residents in Brisbane and Ipswich could be without power as officials get ready to hit the off switch because of major flooding.
Energex said operators will remain on standby to cut power in low-lying areas of the two cities should floodwaters come as expected over the next 24 hours.
Brisbane CBD workers will definitely be affected, with electricity due to be turned off in various parts of the city beginning 7am (AEST) on Wednesday.
A dam and a prayer
The devastating flood has left whole families missing, now a mighty dam built to protect Brisbane after its last major flood disaster is at bursting point, reports David Humphries.
WITH the dead and missing in its wake, the worst flood in 100 years is building towards Brisbane as Australia's third-biggest city holds its breath and hopes a dam 80 kilometres to its west can keep back enough water to avoid a disaster of biblical proportions.
The Wivenhoe Dam - built to spare the Queensland capital a repeat of devastating floods in 1974 - is at its limit. ''And they now have to discharge that water [further swelling the Brisbane River] … because more is on the way,'' the lord mayor, Campbell Newman, said yesterday of the ''huge challenge'' facing Wivenhoe authorities.
Wivenhoe put to the ultimate test
Brisbane's main defence from a catastrophic flood is facing an unprecedented test as heavy rain continues to inundate southern Queensland.
Further upstream the Wivenhoe Dam, built in the wake of the deadly 1974 floods, is pumping record amounts of water over its spillway as the flood situation rapidly changes.
Last night releases from Wivenhoe's five gates were at about 236,000 megalitres, but that level will be increased today.
Professor Chanson says the dam operators have been progressively releasing water from the dam to prevent it filling.
"If the Wivenhoe become full up to the stage where the water in the reservoir is very close to the crest of the dam, it would mean a situation where the operators of the dam would have to open fully the gate of the spillway," he said.
"Anything coming into the reservoir would have to be immediately discharged."
He says it would be catastrophic if water made it over the top of the dam wall.
"The Wivenhoe Dam is not designed to be overtopped, it is what we call an embankment dam. And if water was to flow over the top of the crest of the dam, there would be a very high risk of erosion of the dam wall and ultimately failure of the dam," he said.
"If the water was to spill over the top of the crest of the dam we would look at the failure of the dam on the possible complete emptying of the reservoir into the Brisbane River with deadly consequences for the people living downstream."
Wivenhoe Dam is already at 173 per cent and levels are rising. Its maximum capacity is 225 per cent.
Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley flash floods death toll now at 13, after five more bodies found, dozens still missing
FIVE more bodies have been found in the Lockyer Valley, taking the area's death toll to 13.
Residents in low lying areas of the Lockyer and Brisbane Valleys are being urged to leave their homes as more heavy storms sweep the area.
Queensland Health has advised residents in Toowoomba, Gayndah, Mundubbera, Somerset, Dalby and Condamine to boil their water before drinking it.