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Question for JillB - Queensland Flooding

ShipMaven

Forever Remembered
#1
Jill - I would like to be certain that the Queenland flooding is not affecting you and Rick's family. Please check in when you can. I've posted an article and some photos for the benefit of non-Aussies.

Flood Disaster in Queensland, Australia - weather.com


Flood Disaster in Queensland, Australia

by Tim Ballisty, Editorial Meteorologist and The Associated Press , on Dec 30, 2010 11:24 am ET


Updated: January 2, 2011 7:43 am ET

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- A woman drowned after trying to cross a flooded causeway in Australia, becoming the first victim of relentless flooding that one official has described as reaching "biblical proportions," police said Sunday.

See Photos: Flooding in the southern Queensland state of Australia

Days of pounding rain last week left much of northeastern Australia swamped by a sea of muddy water, with flooding affecting about 200,000 people in an area larger than France and Germany combined. The rain has stopped, but rivers are still rising and overflowing into low-lying communities as the water moves toward the ocean.


An aerial view shows flooded area in Chinchilla, southern Queensland state, Australia, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010. A total of 1,000 people were evacuated from the town of Theodore and other parts of central and Queensland with swollen rivers there expected to rise higher in coming days.

(AP Photo/AAP, Jono Searle)





The town of Dalby in Queensland, Australia is seen flooded Wednesday, Dec 29, 2010. Days of torrential downpours have left parts of central and southern Queensland state inundated, flooding thousands of homes and businesses, cutting off roads and forcing one town's entire population to evacuate.
(AP Photo/Jeff Camden/Pool)




On Saturday night, two cars trying to cross a flooded causeway were swept into a river in Burketown, in western Queensland state, police said. A 41-year-old woman traveling in the second car disappeared in the rushing water, and her body was recovered Sunday about 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) away, Queensland police said.

"We're just grateful there weren't more casualties," Queensland's Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Alistair Dawson said. "We're focused on preventing any more."

About 1,000 people were living in evacuation centers across the state, and it may be a month before floodwaters dry up, Dawson said.

"It's hard to make the call that the worst is behind us," he said. "It's a unique event - parts of the state are still in response mode while others are in recovery. I think we're in the middle of the event."

Officials say half of Queensland's 715,305 square miles (1.8 million square kilometers) has been affected by the flooding. Queensland Premier Anna Bligh warned that cleanup efforts were expected to cost billions of dollars.

Another round of thunderstorms was expected to sweep through much of southern Queensland later Sunday, bringing damaging hail and winds and the potential for flash flooding, the state Bureau of Meteorology warned.

"In many ways, it is a disaster of biblical proportions," Queensland Treasurer Andrew Fraser told reporters in the flooded city of Bundaberg on Saturday.

The city of Rockhampton, near the coast, is the next community in the water's path, and is bracing for flood levels to peak Wednesday.

Officials have been evacuating Rockhampton residents for days, and some were still being moved on Sunday. Mayor Brad Carter warned about 40 percent of the city could be affected by the surging waters, and residents could be forced to wait at least two weeks before returning home.

Around 1,000 homes had water in their yards by Sunday, Dawson said. About 30 residents were staying at an evacuation center, while others have moved in with friends and relatives.

Not everyone was outwardly worried. Water was lapping at the steps of one Rockhampton pub, but the owner had no plans to close down.

"In the big cities, they pay big bucks for canal frontage," Fitzroy Hotel owner Tony Higgins said.


A wallaby stands on a large round hay bail trapped by rising flood waters outside the town of Dalby in Queensland, Australia Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010. Days of torrential downpours have left parts of central and southern Queensland state inundated, flooding thousands of homes and businesses, cutting off roads and forcing the entire populations of two towns to evacuate.
(AP Photo/Anthony Skerman)
 

Beryl

Trivia Specialist
#2
ShipMaven...I've been fretting about Jill and Rick too! I hope the hill they are on is a very high one! We have been seeing quite a bit about it on our news and it is a very, very frightening situation!!!
 

ShipMaven

Forever Remembered
#3
Beryl - I don't think they're near Brisbane, but I'm obviously worried, too. I think they're more north and west in Queensland.
 

Beryl

Trivia Specialist
#6
We are staying in Rick's late mum's cottage on his sister Ann's 5 acre block in the hills above Cairns.......We plan to stay for a few months and experience the wet season, but it has already been more wet than usual for this time of year. Queensland has had record rains for September.


Me thinks things are wetter than she ever imagined when she last posted here!! I'm hoping the flooding is not so bad further north. There have been no updates to her blog since November. Australia....it's a harsh land...definitely not for sissies!
 

ShipMaven

Forever Remembered
#7



Cairns is approximately 1700 kilometres (approximately 1020 miles) from Brisbane. It would appear, from news reports, that Cairns received heavy rains from Tropical Cyclone/Tropical Low Tasha on Christmas.
 

Beryl

Trivia Specialist
#9
Rockhampton is what we have been hearing a lot about on the news today.

Just north of Cairns is the Daintree..which is a rainforest! I honestly have not heard this are mentioned in the news but I would sure like to hear from Jill that all is okay with them.
 

Funnel

Sweden Unleased - Special Contributor
#10
I had got the impression that it was the parts in northeast that were flooded, but maybe they mean northeast part of Australia and not northeast part of Queensland when they are talking about this at the news here.

My niece just left Brisbane 30 hours ago after 3 months in Australia. She mentioned something about "a lot of rain" to my sister, but not any flooding.
I'll check with her when she arrives here.

/Erik
 

nieciez

Well-Known Member
Community Sponsor
#11
I too have been thinking about Jill and worried about the flooding...it's be awhile since she's checked in.....prayers and best wishes going out to all.
 

Donna - dsw

Well-Known Member
#13
Hope they are ok and not having any major flooding in her area.

Beryl - how wonderful - please post some photos of your area - enjoy your travels.

I hope to someday be able to travel months at a time.
 

ShipMaven

Forever Remembered
#15
Beryl - how wonderful - please post some photos of your area - enjoy your travels.
Donna - Beryl was quoting from one of Jill's posts here on C@.


This is some of the last I heard in email from Jill at Christmastime:

It is now 4pm Christmas Day here, and we have just returned from a nice lunch at the local Kuranda Rainforest Resort. Nice pool there too. The weather today is warm, overcast and humid, normal for the tropics this time of year. A cat.1 cyclone was forecast last night for this area, but was downgraded to a tropical storm overnight, which crossed the coast early this morning some 30 to 40 km south of us, in the Innisfail area. Same area that Cyclone Larry hit a few years ago. And so it begins..................... cyclone season in Tropical North Queensland. Rick's sister Ann, who has lived here for 30 years, says usually Cairns doesn't get hit too hard. In the past 2 days we had 140mm of rain. Not bad, because we get cool breezes with the rain, but lots of BIG puddles to wade through.

Note: 140mm is approximately 5.5 inches.

Erik - I believe Queensland IS Northeast Australia?
 

seamom

Well-Known Member
#16
I remember how moist Cairns and the rainforest was when I travelled around that area. They are quite used to rain in torrents as in that 'sunny' part I rarely saw the sun but there are lots of high spots to head to in the area. If you stayed too long in one spot I'd swear you'd grow moss!

Here's to hearing from her soon. Knowing them, they're out helping who they can and the limited use of the internet would be even more overloaded with communiques during this time.
 

Funnel

Sweden Unleased - Special Contributor
#17
Erik - I believe Queensland IS Northeast Australia?
I agree, Mary Ann! :bigsmile:

What I tried to say (with my jibbering :whistle:) was that I thought that the flooding was in the northeast part of Queensland (i.e. the northeast part of the most northeastern state in Australia) but looking at the map you had in your post Brisbane is in the southern part of Queensland.

I just heard on the news that the river Fitzroy has a level that is 30+ feet above normal in the city of Rockhampton. Frightening!
Snakes and crocodiles causes problems in some areas if the people need to get into the water.

Let us all hope it stops raining soon!

/Erik
 

ShipMaven

Forever Remembered
#18
Erik - I am hoping Jill will be checking Cruise @ddicts or her email, and let us know first-hand what is going on.

Dangerous "critters" in flood waters can be problems in the USA also in those areas that have alligators/crocodiles, snakes, etc.
 

red stripe

Well-Known Member
#19
What terrible weather they are having. I too hope that Jill and Rick are not too affected by this, and that we will hear from her soon.