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Unstoppable tide hits Brisbane

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posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 12:34 PM
News Update 05:17 EST 12/01/210:

**Power out as Brisbane braces for flood**

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 » 05:17am

At least 100,000 homes and businesses could be without power from Wednesday morning and thousands of people face evacuation as Queensland's flood disaster hits Brisbane and Ipswich.

Ten people are dead and 78 others are missing, with fears the death toll could rise dramatically in coming days, after torrents of water swept through communities west of Brisbane, including Toowoomba.

The Brisbane and Bremer rivers will rise to levels exceeding the devastating floods of January 1974.

Electricity was switched off for safety reasons in the Ipswich CBD overnight, with power to be cut to low-lying parts of the Brisbane City Council identified on flood risk maps, including the CBD, from 8.30am (AEST).


Current flood predictions suggest a number of inner city suburbs may possibly be inundated tomorrow (Wednesday), and police advise against all non-essential travel,' a Queensland Police spokesman said in a statement late last night.

SEQ Water said flood levels were falling slowly at the Wivenhoe Dam, west of Brisbane as it makes controlled releases of water into the Brisbane River.
But the water level behind the dam was at 190 per cent at 10pm on Tuesday, including its extra flood mitigation capacity.
The Somerset Dam was holding 183 per cent.
All South East Queensland Water dams were reportedly safe and stable overnight.


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Qld warned to expect more tragedy

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 » 05:17am
On Tuesday, it sparked the mass evacuation of the entire 300-strong population of Forest Hill, where waters swelled to dangerous levels.
The waters are now making their way into the swollen Wivenhoe Dam, where managers must release them, despite downstream effects, due to enormous, ongoing inflows.

Flood forecasts have been revised upwards for Brisbane and Ipswich, now both expecting flood peaks beyond the levels seen during the catastrophic 1974 floods.
Ms Bligh said almost 40,000 properties were expected to experience flooding in Brisbane in coming days.

'We would expect to see 9,000 properties affected significantly by this water level and more than 30,000 other properties having some impact,' she said.

Ipswich is also braced for a record peak of up to 22 metres, possibly up to 2 metres above the 1974 level.


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posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 01:43 PM
190% of 250 damn that's rising fast. I read a news report on Yahoo that says the Toowoomba floodwaters haven't even reached the dam yet - id post the link but I'm on my iPhone now and it's a pain in the ass :0

posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 03:22 PM
My heart goes out to the australians who are experiencing floods of biblical proportions
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posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 03:33 PM
reply to post by Havick007

I've been following the Australian floods for a day or two now since I noticed them. It does look bad.

But still, a map would help.

posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 03:49 PM
reply to post by loner007

My heart goes out to you Australia. I hope you all make it through this catastrophe safe and sound.
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posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 03:50 PM
i do think that this is a tragedy, but it was a foreseeable one, these people know that a lot of the land of Brisbane is a bloody flood plane, why did they build here in the first place?, it was the same with the other place, Rockhampton i think, it was a flood plane or low lying land that was likely to flood.

Im sorry for the people but this could have been avoided by them not building on unsuitable land.
Geography of Brisbane
Flood Flag Map

My 2 cents

Wee Mad
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posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 03:53 PM
I'm glad to know my loved ones in the city are ok. I only moved to Brisbane last year, and only just got a leased apartment in the past few days, so i'm hoping that place isn't effected (just my luck to get a place :p). Still i'm pretty angry at the government, there were floods last year, and they knew these weather conditions were coming and do come, yet they continue to zone on low lying areas and do 0 preparation in way of diverting waters (as well as using the dam which is meant to be for flood protection to store water despite knowing a heavy wet season was coming!). I'll be back in Brisbane in about a week, so i'm hoping the weather has calmed down by then.

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posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 04:04 PM
reply to post by loner007

Not smart or funny to be laughing at situations like these. Regardless of the theories you hold as the cause, this is real and involves real people. If you think of the degrees of separation theory, then this likely involves someone you are know or are related to, and no they didn't ask for it !

The human problem is to think we are immortal, yet our memory only goes back 1500 years and then after that its conjecture. Even in a desert the rain comes eventually, its not 'nature gone mad', its perfectly natural. These floods have happened before and will happen again.

posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 04:05 PM
Well, here's a map of areas flooded on the 29th of December:

moderate/severe flooded areas

And here's a wikipedia page with a NASA image of the floodwaters in Queensland:

Nasa image

Keep in mind that these are both from December, nigh two weeks ago.

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posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 04:17 PM
Always want to visit your beautiful country, maybe someday. My heart and love to all the people. One thing I admire from watching the video from this thread or others is the hearts of the people, they still smile and make humorous remarks even though they face adversity, I love their spirits.

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posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 04:24 PM
I hope this doesnt get any worse this is crazy stuff when ever I hear or read about it on the news

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posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 04:25 PM

Originally posted by loner007
reply to post by badw0lf

because this isnt just an isolated incident is it? Its not just Australia, Pakistan had floods in 2010. and too right I laugh. YOu think last year was bad? lol wait till this year really starts. Ever heard of the saying u made ur bed now lie in it?

Explain then. How does this Gaia hypothesis relate to these floodings and future disasters? Back up your claim, if you can.

A hypothesis is a proposition, or set of propositions, set forth as an explanation for the occurrence of some specified group of phenomena, either asserted merely as a provisional conjecture to guide investigation (working hypothesis) or accepted as highly probable in the light of established facts.

Using the scientific method on should

* Ask a Question
* Do Background Research
* Construct a Hypothesis
* Test Your Hypothesis by Doing an Experiment
* Analyze Your Data and Draw a Conclusion
* Communicate Your Results
* Tests and Results Repeatable by Others

Well, what is the question you're putting forth? Where is your background research? You follow a hypothesis? Have you tested it? Can it be tested?

If you or the people proposing this Gaia hypothesis have done none of these things, then it is pseudoscience. It belongs in the same trash bin as phrenology and astrology.

Who's laughing now?
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posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 04:39 PM

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posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 04:47 PM
First of all , this is a tragedy . A big one . Here in Romania we had many floods in recent past years , more and more with every year. I can tell you one thing.
People in Australia affected by massive floods can pass this moment only , and i mean only by compassion and solidarity . We are not birds . We are designed to help each other until the end.
We MUST help each other because hard times are coming .
If i could, i will donate. I donated money and goods in the past for my compatriots, and believe me, you are feeling good. I thank God i wasn't on the other side .
Let's not forgot God. Maybe humanity became too much arrogant .
As someone said earlier on this forum , maybe Mother Nature has turned ON the washing machine .
You can't fight with it .
Let me advise everyone who could : -Donate like you are the affected one.
Here's my opinion about what' happening : the magnetic field of Earth is weakening. With growing speed. We are too ignorant to know all the effects of that global event. Maybe we could guess some of the effects , but for sure not ALL the effects. For example , how much the weakening of the magnetic field affects gravity , i'm not a specialist , but i guess it's a strong correlation between those 2 fundamental forces . And if gravity is affected , how about the Moon . It's a very sensible balance . And i'm not taking into account the increased solar activity, gamma rays, etc.
Things are too much complex to be understated in one big picture and draw the final line .
So , what power do we have ? At the cosmic level ? NONE.
All my prayers go with people affected , in one day maybe i'll be myself in need of one good word .
(Please excuse my english, i am trying to be as correct as i could)

posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 05:06 PM
This is very sad indeed, but sad things happen, death happens, its all normal. for those who died, I picture you in a place better than this. Without death this life would be meaningless, and I say this because death pushes us to do more and more as we know that one day we will leave this planet, we all want to be remembered for something.

For that person who was laughing at this disaster, laugh now, cry later. selfish c*nt, I bet that when you're in need for help then god, karma, energy or whatever you like to call it will send you another selfish a**hole just to watch and laugh...

there is a lesson to be learnt from this, PREPARATION!

if you're not preparing for the upcoming 23 months then i dont know what the f*ck you're doing with you're life... people still choose to live next to a volcanoes, near the coast, on top of fault lines. people still buy 50" TVs and £30k cars. human are stupid.

posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 05:08 PM
It's one thing to hear about this tragedy, but to actual see pictures and videos really makes an impact. There is so much love and compassion going out to these people right now. My heart goes out to them as well.

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posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 05:17 PM

I hardly know what to say. To my brothers and sisters residing down under, I hope you are all ok.

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