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Maryborough during the major flood of January 27-30, 2013

Mary River floods Maryborough

When this flood in the Mary River peaked about 300 homes and 150 business in Maryborough were impacted by flood waters. The flood was preceded by a tornado in the town during the storm event.

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The peak of 10.7M was reached at 8am on Tuesday 29th January 2013, and this photo was taken at 3pm that afternoon. Both Lamington Bridge (Ferry St) and Granville Bridge (Tiger St) are submerged in this photo. All industrial sites and homes in The Pocket were flooded.

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A major flood in Maryborough is regarded as one that exceeds 9.0M on the river gauge, and The Pocket (pictured) is always flooded at that height.

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The record of flooding in Maryborough includes other major floods in 1992, 1974, 1968, 1955 (11.28M), 1898, twice in 1893 (the first one peaked at 12.27M; the second a fortnight later at 9.89M), 1890, 1887, 1875, 1870, 1864 and 1857. Both the 1893 and 1955 floods can only be described as catastrophes. One of the major reasons for the 1955 flood being such a disaster, was that there had been no major floods from 1898 until 1955, almost 60 years, within many minor floods only, in the intervening years. During that time, Maryborough had grown substantially, with greater investment in infrastructure and in CBD retailing. The CBD was flooded in 1955, and the city was stunned!

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PHOTO: David Stehbens

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  • Uploaded on February 7, 2013
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    by Ian Stehbens