Posted by: jkirkby8712 | January 13, 2011

Thursday, 13th January 2011 – Queensland disaster intensifies

The following represent some of the headlines and lead stories from the worsening flood situation in Queensland. Meanwhile, similar problems exist in parts of north east New South Wales, while in Victoria, flash flooding occurred overnight due to heavy downpours in places such as Kyneton [in central Victoria], just 45 minutes north of here. However, Queensland represents that part of our nation where the most heart break and desperation is taking place

  • Last night, it was warned that Brisbane is headed for its worst flood since 1893, with up to 40,000 properties at risk of being affected. A disaster has been declared and an evacuation centre set up at the RNA Showgrounds at Bowen Hills, and other locations. Queensland Premier Anna Bligh warned that river levels would rise above the heights experienced in the catastrophic
  • This morning, BRISBANE woke up to a mighty river peaking lower than 1974 levels, but nevertheless devastating for dozens of suburbs and tens of thousands of homes

 

  • Whole blocks of the CBD of Ipswich, west of Brisbane, are under floodwaters metres deep this morning with a peak expected at 11am.
    • Meanwhile, the towns of Helidon and Grantham in the Lockyer Valley lay in ruins following the flash flood that struck on Monday.   Disaster is unfolding in eastern Australia with flooding affecting vast areas of Queensland. SPECIALISTS sift through muddy waters under a bridge in a grim search for the missing THE death toll from the Queensland floods now stands at 13 after confirmation of the death of a man, 50, in Ipswich.

 

  • Just one of the individual ‘life’ tragedies of this week  –  ‘It began as a frantic phone call for help – but ended in minutes as a heartbreaking goodbye. When Brenda Ross called her sister Beth Fraser on Monday afternoon, she was waist-deep in surging floodwater as her Grantham home collapsed around her. Ms Ross, 58, pleaded with her sister for help, saying she was trapped with her son Josh, 25, and partner Chris Face, 60, by the unrelenting torrent that was tearing her house apart. Although Ms Fraser lives only streets away in the small village of just 300 people, she knew it was too late to help. “[My sister] told me the water was up to her waist,” Ms Fraser said yesterday. “I come from an emergency services background, so I knew what that meant.” As she listened to her sister fighting for her life, Ms Fraser took a deep breath and said her goodbyes. “I said to her ‘I love you darling, I love you very much’,” Ms Fraser said yesterday. Neither Ms Ross nor her only child Josh were strong swimmers. Their bodies, along with that of Mr Face, were found by specialist disaster identification experts amid the mangled rubble of their home. “They are all gone, it’s as simple and heart-wrenching as that. I’ve lost them all,” Mrs Fraser said. She recalled how, after speaking to her sister, she spoke to her nephew Josh in a desperate bid to see if there was anything more he could do to save himself, his mother and stepfather. “I told him to get his valuables together and put them up high, but he told me they were in the loungeroom,” Mrs Fraser said. “So I calmly asked him: ‘Can’t you go into the loungeroom and grab them?’ but he said: ‘Bessy, the loungeroom has broken away from the house’.”

 

  • Around 127,000 flood-affected Queensland residents in Queensland are without power, and it’s unlikely many will be reconnected before the weekend.  Energex began cutting power yesterday morning to homes and businesses in the Brisbane CBD, and that continued throughout the night. A number of buildings in the city’s inner-city suburbs are also currently without power, as are residents in nearby Ipswich. Homes in the Lockyer Valley, which was inundated by floodwaters earlier in the week, are also still without electricity.  Energex spokesman Bill Lyon said it was highly unlikely that most buildings would be reconnected before the weekend. “We’re not expecting to have power back on to the vast majority of the people until at least the 12 to 14 hours after the flood water goes down, so that’s probably another two to three days,” he told Sky News this afternoon.

11.36am: In Grantham there are reports that divers have been finding bodies under the bridge in the town. Photographs from yesterday showed the bridge piled up with cars and flood debris.

Grantham bridge cars

DVI Police arrive & start searching cars & homes in the Grantham area after the severe floods that hit the area Picture: John Grainger

Bobbing in the murky, debris-strewn water below the Grantham bridge are up to 30 crumpled cars, violently wedged against the pylons after being washed downstream in the ferocious flash flood that hit the country town on Monday.  But it is the likely contents of those mangled vehicles that has police and emergency workers filled with dread.  “You’d have to think with 30-odd cars here, we’re about to find some pretty unpleasant things,” a police officer at the scene said yesterday.

 

 

Today’s Daily Telegraph reports:

Bobbing in the murky, debris-strewn water below the Grantham bridge are up to 30 crumpled cars, violently wedged against the pylons after being washed downstream in the ferocious flash flood that hit the country town on Monday.

But it is the likely contents of those mangled vehicles that has police and emergency workers filled with dread.

“You’d have to think with 30-odd cars here, we’re about to find some pretty unpleasant things,” a police officer at the scene said yesterday.

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