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Seeing and hearing the updates on the Queensland floods, I checked Twitter for Tony and Tyssen to see that Tony and family set off for Japan this morning but Tyssen is in the thick of it.

Be safe Tyssen, my thoughts are with you and everyone affected by this. Sad
Update Twitter as you can to let us know you are safe.

I know it's hard for anyone internationally to know what's going on at local levels (and Oz does tend to fall off the map) so to put you in the picture:

- One third of Queensland is under flood
- Yesterday a wall of water described as an "inland tsunami" wiped out Toowoomba, a city of 90,000+ people. It's about 110kms from Brisbane and the water is headed there.
- Brisbane, like Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, is built along the banks of a river.
- the Brisbane river is expected to peak in the next 24 hours. 6,500 homes to be affected.
- 32 suburbs of Brisbane are already being advised they WILL be flooded.
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flood maps

Just thought to add this link to the flood maps (PDFs) since the Brisbane City Council site is down...just in case anyone needs them. Temporary site.

Brisbane flood maps

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Thanks for thinking of us

Thanks for thinking of us Smee. We're OK and don't look like we'll be affected directly. My wife's work looks like it will be though so she'll be having the rest of the week off. A lot of people are worried though and most of the supermarkets got cleared out this afternoon.

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By the way, Toowoomba didn't

By the way, Toowoomba didn't get wiped out. It got hit hard but most of it's still there and today nearly all the water's gone already. Smaller towns around it weren't so lucky though.

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Tyssen wrote: Thanks for

Tyssen wrote:

Thanks for thinking of us Smee. We're OK and don't look like we'll be affected directly. My wife's work looks like it will be though so she'll be having the rest of the week off. A lot of people are worried though and most of the supermarkets got cleared out this afternoon.

Pleased to hear you and family are safe Smile Yes, it seems Brisbane CBD is going to be cut off if not mostly under water and as you say supplies are going to be hard to get in a lot of cases. Do you know if Tony's suburb is/was affected?.

Perhaps "wiped out" was the wrong term - inundated would have been better as I understood the whole town went under. I'm more than happy to hear I'm wrong on this.

At least the rain has eased and is not adding further to the problem. Floods are so devastating of course because the lack of access hampers rescue and recovery efforts. It's not as though emergency supplies and equipment can be trucked in.

Again, I'm pleased you and your family have escaped the flooding.

Just hope my ISP stays up with the widespread power turnoffs - they moved to Brisbane Sad

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Good advisors to the Gummint

Between the government's eco-fascists and the AGW cultists, you're in good hands. Back in the 70s when major flooding occurred, scientists "knew" it was cyclical on a bout a 30-35 year period and plans were made for levees, and flood control dams and reservoirs. Now we know better. The oh so much smarter Tim Flannery advised the Gummint that floods had gone the way of the dodo. Perpetual drought was SE QLD's fate, he said. Spend that money on desalinization plants, sez he. Wasn't he the Man of the Year, or something? Then, Environment Minister Peter Garrett nixed a Mary River flood control dam to protect the Mary river cod or some such.

I see the billion dollar desalinization plant is being mothballed, and QLD is under water. I'd feel sorry for you except that we have the same type shenanigans going on in the good ol' U S of A.

I am glad you're experiencing only the side effects rather than first hand flooding. I hope the same for Tony and any other members.

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The warnings of 1974 weren't

The warnings of 1974 weren't completely ignored Gary: we've given got the Wivenhoe Dam very close to Brisbane which was designed after that for this purpose. I'm assuming if it weren't there that things would be worse right now in Brisbane. And the canning of the Mary River Dam project wouldn't have helped anyone this time around as it would still be under construction even if it went ahead.

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Yes, I was aware of the

Yes, I was aware of the Wivenhoe's existence, also that it is at or near capacity. I was castigating the type of "public servants" who are so wrapped up in their religious beliefs, whether ecological or global warming climate change disruption challenges, that they forget their job is to serve the needs of the people. Would the public have been better served had that billion dollars been spent for flood control rather than a desalinization plant? I think so. It isn't just about dams. Diversionary canals and levees offer a high degree of protection at relatively low cost and quick construction (if the greenies don't bugger things with their delaying tactics).

I understand that there are at least 20 known dead, and 70 missing and presumed dead. That's criminal. Good luck dealing with these pustules on the civic backside.

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