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Toowoomba floods
Posted By: Ash, 01-10-2011, 05:03 PM

Toowoomba gets hit by severe flash flooding totally unawares on the 10th of January, 2011. High numbers of casualties, innumerable cars and properties destroyed and countless farms wiped out. We continually get warnings of ongoing severe weather in the area and the devastation is still going on...

'Instant inland tsunami' kills eight

Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley flash floods claim at least eight lives, dozens missing | Courier Mail

Death toll rises to eight | Toowoomba News | Local News in Toowoomba | Toowoomba Chronicle

These are photos I managed to take in the wake of the floods, still going on after over 100mm of rainfall fell over half an hour yesterday. These images do not show the extent of the flooding that immersed the city yesterday...























One of those freak events that no-one could have foreseen...

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01-11-2011, 07:16 AM   #31
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Wow - looks pretty "wild and wooly" - take care of yourself, my friend.

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We've heard quite a few interviews with Australians and we really admire how you are coping. Stay safe - we're thinking of you!
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Thanks for all your well wishes everyone.
It's in these circumstances when material things become irrelevant, and we can only pray that people are spared in the natural disaster.
The WA heatwaves and fires are just a such stark contrast to what happens on the other side of the country - quite typical of Australia.
All the best to your folks, Simon, and all others here who are affected by these events.

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I used to live in Toowoomba. Those locations are familiar to me. I was actually there a few months ago.
Toowoomba is actually nearly 2000' above sea level...it is located on top of a mountain range.....that's what makes this all so ununexpected....you'd think the sort of terrain would prevent something like this from happening, at least on such a large scale.....I've been following (as we all have in Aus) the dreadful Queensland flooding, but I never thought Toowoomba would be hit, because of its location.
Cheers, Pickles.

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And that's what a lot of authority figures in Toowoomba also believed - then again, what could they have done better to prepare for such an event - even if the storm was forecasted better?

Locals criticised the government for spending all that money on the West Creek development through the CBD - without it there would have been much more damage done to the CBD. Someone in the council had good insight to have that project completed a couple of years ago, in the midst of a drought!

Another few views of the area after the freak storm:





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Glad to here you're safe ash
Amazing Videos and shots, don't put yourself in harms way getting these
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Thanks Eddie.
Everything's settled now where I am - it's Brisbane and Ipswich we're now concerned about - over 23,000 properties in Brisbane alone are to be affected. 10 people perished and now 90 missing. Northern NSW is also getting the effects of the floods.
The smaller communities of Grantham and Murphy's Creek are likely to be responsible for an increase of the death toll, with both places totally annihilated.

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I saw Simons shots
It's nuts you're really at the mercy of Climate change in Australia
In canada Climate change isn't as harsh (warmer summers for instanc) but our winters are wonky we went from near record snowfall 2 years ago to almost nothing last year, and we only got our first serious snow in toronto last week but we've been surrounded by people who've been walloped with up to a couple of feet in no time.
Hopefully you don't get hit by another drought
farming is near impossible with swings like this

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Amazing destruction Ash!
The water is still rising slowy here...
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Good to know you're safe Ash.
Stay safe for those of you in the vicinity of Brisbane.
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Thank you all.
Some more scenes here:



Around the Margaret St railway crossing


This bridge had cars pummelled across it from a car park over 200m away (Chalk Dr)
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#3 is pretty impressive ash
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And a few more scenes:







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As the sun starts to come out here for the first time in weeks, it's just intensifying further east.
Even Facebook and Apple are getting into it all:

9 News | Facebook

Queensland Floods 2011 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad on the iTunes App Store

Death toll now at 12, with 67 still remaining missing.

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QuoteOriginally posted by eddie1960 Quote
I saw Simons shots
It's nuts you're really at the mercy of Climate change in Australia
In canada Climate change isn't as harsh (warmer summers for instanc) but our winters are wonky we went from near record snowfall 2 years ago to almost nothing last year, and we only got our first serious snow in toronto last week but we've been surrounded by people who've been walloped with up to a couple of feet in no time.
Hopefully you don't get hit by another drought
farming is near impossible with swings like this
Sorry, but this has nothing to do with climate change. It's La Nina and 'The Wet' (aka monsoon season) combined. It's weather.

La Nina lives up to predictions › Analysis (ABC Science)

La Niña - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

We will be hit by another drought. And more floods. Probably both at the same time. That's what Australia's like.


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