It’s most unfortunate that the Brisbane City Council has not been able to provide an operational website since yesterday, as an emergency hits our town. It’s also rather puzzling that a temporary website with simple html and the information required and contacts couldn’t have been put up.
However, some of the maps from which the data that Lord Mayor Campbell Newman was talking about yesterday are derived have been archived on a website hosted privately by Greg Lexiphanic, using crowdsourcing to upload district maps downloaded by readers. The site is here.
You can check on the likelihood of flooding in particular areas, and which properties are at risk.
I’d also suggest that people “like” the Queensland Police Service on Facebook and/or follow their Tweets. The QPS media unit is doing a great job of updating people with information from the Bureau of Meteorology, and providing constantly updated advice regarding road and service closures, areas flooded, and the need to evacuate.
Latest reports are that low lying parts of West End have been flooded, and areas around Eagle Street in the CBD evacuated.
The Queensland Government has an up to date page with details of warnings, road closures and maps of where the flooding is.
The flooding is expected to worsen tomorrow, when a king tide on the river combines with the effect of the wall of water that’s caused so much damage and regrettable loss of life in the Lockyer Valley hits the Wivenhoe Dam, which was 40% over capacity already yesterday. Continued release through the flood gates is unavoidable, so it’s important that everyone prepare.
I hope everyone is safe!
Update: In Brisbane, the latest reports suggest flooding in Yeronga, Fairfield, UQ St Lucia, Milton, West End and the CBD with high tide in about two hours. I’ve just heard from a friend on Facebook that there’s no water supply in Jindalee now.
Update: Police advise that the flood waters have now reached East Brisbane and Caboolture is cut off.
Update: Relevant Twitter hashtags are #qldfloods and #thebigwet, but take care regarding unsubstantiated information.
More updates below:
Update: Rumours that Brisbane public transport is closing down are untrue. Details of service disruptions are at the TransLink website.
Update: Latest advice from the Queensland Police Service.
Update: Police have advised that a voluntary evacuation centre has been set up at the RNA Showgrounds for people who wish to leave their homes, and don’t have the option of staying with family or friends.
Update: Premier Anna Bligh warns that the Brisbane River may rise more than the 1974 level of 5.4 metres by Thursday. The Bremer River may rise 2m above the 74 level in Ipswich tomorrow. There will be a state government press conference shown on ABC News 24 and broadcast on ABC Radio every two hours.
Update: People are being asked not to use mobiles casually during Brisbane floods to retain communications capacity for emergencies.
Update: Donations to the flood appeal can be made here.
Update: An emergency alert has been issued for Ipswich residents.
Update: A live stream of the Brisbane River is hosted here.
Update: Queensland Health advice on floods.
Update: ABC News 24 has removed its geo filter so expats can tune into the Brisbane floods coverage.
Update: Latest ABC reports are that the Bremer River in Ipswich is likely to peak tonight between 11pm and 1am at levels substantially higher than in 1974. As someone who used to work in Ipswich at the UQ campus, and had and has friends living in the city, my thoughts go out to everyone there.
Update: ABC crowd-sourced Queensland floods map here.
Update: Information about where to source sandbags being distributed by Brisbane City Council is here.
Update: 75% of Queensland has now been declared a disaster zone, giving police and emergency workers powers to force evacuations and to take other appropriate action.
Update: Transcript of Julia Gillard’s press conference.
Update: A Brisbane City Council compiled Twitter list of updates about the floods can be accessed here.
Update: The Brisbane City Council website is back up, in low bandwidth mode, with updated maps for possible flooding tomorrow and Thursday. The level of inundation is now expected to go beyond the 6500 properties previously mentioned. There is other useful information regarding projected road closures, and other important notices and phone numbers.
Update: Police have advised that Energex will begin switching off power in some parts of the Brisbane CBD from 7am tomorrow.
Update: The death toll has now risen to 10, with a young boy from Marburg confirmed killed, and 78 people are unaccounted for.
Premier Bligh is warning that up to 40 000 homes and properties in Brisbane could be affected tomorrow.
Anna Bligh’s latest press conference can be viewed at the QPS YouTube page.
There’s also some more info on what’s been happening at the Fairfax papes.
Update: Information on river heights along the Brisbane, Caboolture and Bremer Rivers and tributaries from the Bureau of Meteorology.
Update: Volunteering Queensland has a page up where people can register, and the Police Service feed continues to be a good source for information about assisting with sandbag filling, as well as most everything else. There is now a Facebook page for sharing offers of temporary accommodation help. ConsultQld is another useful state government source of information on Twitter. The RSPCA at Fairfield is in danger of flooding and is seeking offers for foster homes for pets.
NB: I’ve also been retweeting a lot of useful and interesting tweets at the LP Twitter account.
Update: Brisbane City Council is providing flood updates on the Notes tab of its Facebook page.
Update: Some good news – controlled releases from the Wivenhoe Dam are decreasing and the dam level is falling.
Update: Some more good news! If you check the BOM weather radar, very little rain is now falling in SEQ. Along with the Wivenhoe dam level dropping below 190%, that’s a very good omen for the size of the floods which will hit Brisbane tomorrow!
Update: (by Robert). Mark has just been in touch. His home has lost power (and thus he has lost internet access) but he is fine and his own house is not threatened by the floods. Kim is also fine.
Update (by Robert): Some relatively good news – the flood peak in Brisbane appears to have been reached, and at 4.6 metres was lower than originally expected. In personal news, Mark is staying with his father (Brian) for the moment.