The Receeding Flood (2013)

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I usually visit this river crossing because of its serenity. But the river isn't always serene. In this photo, the bridge is still underwater, but the debris in the foreground fence testifies to the fact that a major flood is receding.

This flood peaked on Sunday 27th January 2013, and was the 3rd highest flood known since 1850 to have passed down this river. The previous greater floods were in 1955, and 1893. This particular flood was remarkable for the speed at which it rose. It reached its peak in 6 hours from almost no discharge to a roaring torrent. At Borumba Dam spillway a few kms upstream, the water level peaked at 6M over the spillway. For those who live downstream, watching the Board of Meteorology website was scary, for the plot of the spillway gauge heights was showing this exceptionally rapid rise with there being no way of knowing when it was going to peak.

Flood related incidents resulted in all electricity, telephone (landlines, internet and mobile) services being cut for four days.

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Comments (4)

bdeh on January 31, 2013

Nature can be catastrofic Ian. I hope the damage in Imbil isn't too big. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on January 31, 2013

Greetings Berend.

The big cities of Bundaberg and Rockhampton have been badly affected. Highest flood ever known in Bundaberg, and North Bundaberg and the CBD have been severely affected there. Here we had our 3rd highest known flood and it was the fastest rising flood we have known, rising at an alarming rate.

Electricity poerlines were brought down by a large water tank carried in the flood, so we have had no power, no telephones including mobiles, in addition to no access by road or aircraft since Sunday morning. We are back on line again, but the sewage system and damaged roads are being repaired by council workers.

The frequency of floods over the last few years has given everybody a sense of "here we go again."

But the country is well watered again, for the July-January period was very dry.

I have had to use the chainsaw to remove flood debris (trees) from my property and the fences have to be repaired, but other than that we are OK.

Ian

bdeh on February 1, 2013

Hope that it stays good for the rest of the year Ian. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on February 1, 2013

It is a glorious morning this morning, Berend. The early golden sunlight makes the very green landscape seem very special.

Thanks for your hope and concern.

Repairing the roads where the floods have torn up pavement, washed away structures such as safety railing and signage, or eroded the embankments and approaches to bridges is the major concern locally now. But elsewhere such as in Bundaberg and its hinterland towns, Rockhampton, Laidley and Brisbane the major heartbreaking clean-up is underway.

Ian

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