"The Old Cordial Factory", Yabba Road, Imbil at the peak of the January 27, 2013 Flood.

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Nick Weall on February 2, 2013

What a mess

Ian Stehbens on February 2, 2013

Hello Nick,

The tenants had only moved in a few days ago, and were oblivious to unfolding drama behind them until the last couple of hours. What a shock they must have got!

This was our 3rd highest known flood, but in Bundaberg this was a new record at least 2M higher than the highest previously, and history has been recorded there since the 1850s. Being a rather flat city, 2+ M makes one hell of a difference.

What a mess!


Nick Weall on February 2, 2013

Thank is very sad for the new tenants ~ what a pity ~ I hope that they had insurance ~ I know that many places in Oz you can no longer get flood insurance ~ The same is happening in the UK now,

All the best ~ nick

Ian Stehbens on February 3, 2013

I am not sure what is going on in the insurance and re-insurance companies around the world at the moment, for it certainly seems to me that our weather is increasing in variability and the storm events seem to be increasing in intensity.

Some of the insurance companies operating in Australia have done their homework, identifying different levels of risk, street by street, but others have simply worked from postcodes which is quite ridiculous for river valleys are inclusive of hills and slopes as well as valley floors. The best comprehensive household insurance for us was the cheapest of the quotes - from the company that has done its homework.


Nick Weall on February 3, 2013

It seems that most of our insurance companies work off area codes or worse raising the same ridiculous situations at times of hillside properties getting whacked. Of course raging torrents can be running down hillsides and through any properties in the way, but there are many instances of inappropriate flood increases in premiums or refusal to cover flood damage. Insurers and bankers seem to like everything their own way. Having said that though it is understandable that insures should refuse to offer flood damage cover to properties that have been built or purchased in known flood plain areas.

bdeh on February 3, 2013

So sad to see the damage Ian, I hope the tenants are insured. I hope that someone will have a solution to avoid such floods. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on February 3, 2013

Thanks Berend, for your concern.

There is no way of preventing floods or even of controlling them in this valley. Any large dam would fill before the peak arrives and then a dam makes no difference. Best to keep adjusting the planning guidelines and where mistakes such as this have been made in the past, provide for relocation.


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