For those in the flood areas

Brisbane people had some better news overnight.

The Brisbane River has peaked below five metres, but authorities are still warning there will be widespread devastation.

Police say the river reached 4.6 metres – almost a metre lower than the historic flood of 1974 – and will remain at major flood levels until sometime tomorrow.

Floodwaters, however, have still inundated dozens of suburbs and turned the centre of the Queensland capital into a ghost town.

More than 25,000 homes have been totally or partially flooded in Brisbane. Initial assessments based on the 4.6-metre peak will mean 11,500 residential homes have been fully flooded.

The worst-hit suburbs are Brisbane City, St Lucia, West End, Rocklea and Graceville, while 116,000 homes across south-east Queensland are without power.

Given the amount of water has been greater, it would seem that the Wivenhoe Dam has pretty much done well.

My photo blog is a City Daily Photo blog. I thought today I would look at others in that group who live in the worst affected areas.

1. Daily Brisbane Photo

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2. Brisbane Daily

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3 Clarence Valley Today (NSW)

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Thanks to those bloggers. Our thoughts are with you and all those affected.

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11 thoughts on “For those in the flood areas

  1. Do check that pingback.

    Queensland’s floods are but one in a series of penalties being paid by just one Anglo-Saxon nation for its rebellion against the Most High! If you can see this, then it’s time to batten down your spiritual hatches. God says of the rebellious house of Israel—and specifically to Australia, a country that hosts one of the world’s most infamous annual homosexual Mardi Gwras—”For their vine is worse than the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah—to me belongs vengeance and recompense … for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that come upon them make haste” (verses 32-35).

    Such a shame when [a minority of] Christians bend over backwards to make God look like a vindictive retard.

    Terribly inadequate theology.

  2. That really is terrible trying to blame God.

    Al Gore did the same thing yesterday. Except his God’s Gaia and he used airplanes and cars as the example of mankind’s evil instead of homosexuality.

    Either way – disgusting. Hope it gets better down there soon!

  3. Thanks for that; we all wish that.

    Al Gore’s evoking “devastating floods in Australia and Pakistan and last year’s drought in Russia as evidence that unchecked global warming threatened famine, poverty and wide-scale destruction” isn’t the same at all. His main message is about promoting business.

    It is highly likely that climate change has a role in the events he names. Just how much of a role is certainly debatable, a debate which won’t be settled until there is a sufficient series of such events over a decade or two. Given that global warming is an observable, objective fact, which it is unless you bend over backwards to deny all the measurements, then it follows that there must be some effect on climate systems and their component weather patterns.

    Climate scientists did see it coming in general terms. They are not crystal ball gazers or tea-leaf readers, however, so very precise “prediction” can’t be expected.

    May 12 (Reuters) – The 2009/10 El Nino weather pattern that worsened Australia’s drought, caused the failure of last year’s monsoon in India sending food prices soaring and threatened Southeast Asia’s palm oil and rubber crops is over.

    “The El Nino event of 2009/10 has concluded, with all the major indicators now below El Nino thresholds,” Australia’s weather bureau said on Wednesday in its latest El Nino report.

    El Nino, or little boy in Spanish, is driven by an abnormal warming of the eastern Pacific Ocean, and can create havoc in weather patterns across the Asia-Pacific region.

    The last severe El Nino in 1998 killed more than 2,000 people and caused billions of dollars in damages to crops, infrastructure and mines in Australia and Asia.

    Widespread protests against rising food prices in India as a result of the failure of last year’s June-September monsoon has seen the government reluctant to export grain even though the country has a huge wheat surplus.

    The Indian government has forecast a normal monsoon this year, but analysts remain sceptical. Any sign of a poor monsoon would push up domestic and global prices of grains, sugar, oilseeds and lentils. It would also add to pressure on the central bank to further tighten policy.

    A current severe dry spell across a wide swathe of Southeast Asia threatens to curb output of palm oil and rubber, while the weakest rainfall in more than a decade may cripple rice planting in top exporters Thailand and Vietnam.

    The El Nino in a region that is the world’s biggest producer of palm oil, rice and rubber and a key supplier of coffee and cocoa has brought hotter weather to farms and plantations, drying out trees and sapping yields.

    Australia, the world’s fourth-largest wheat exporter, could harvest 22.6 million tonnes of the grain in 2010/11, say analysts, putting its forecast at the top of a range of estimates, after initially being hit by the El Nino.

    LA NINA NOW EXPECTED

    Australia’s weather bureau said all El Nino indicators, Pacific sea surface temperatures, trade winds, the Southern Oscillation Index (which indicates El Nino strength) and cloudiness over the Pacific, have returned to neutral levels.

    “The timing of the decline in the 2009/10 El Nino event has been fairly typical, with the event peaking over (the southern hemisphere) summer then decaying during autumn,” said the bureau.

    (Click here for Australian Bureau of Meteorology latest El Nino report: http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/enso/).

    The bureau said that there was now a 40 percent chance of a La Nina developing. La Nina translates from Spanish as “the girl-child” and is the opposite of El Nino.

    La Nina events are associated with increased probability of wetter conditions in the western Pacific, particularly in eastern Australia and Asia, and drier conditions in South America.

    The bureau said current conditions below the surface of the Pacific Ocean show large volumes of cooler than normal water, indicating that further cooling of the surface is likely.

    “The majority of climate model predictions suggest the tropical Pacific will cool further during the coming months, with the possible development of La Nina conditions by late (southern hemisphere) winter or spring,” it said. (Reporting by Michael Perry; Editing by Ed Lane)

    Scientists can resolve this issue of any connection between global warming and the Brisbane floods using the tools available to them.

    I accept the Gaia hypothesis purely as a metaphor for interdependent, interlocking systems. I believe that is what James Lovelock intended in the first place.

    And we do know that Al Gore isn’t any kind of climate scientist. He is just a publicist, albeit effective.

    The assertions about Mardi Gras and Brisbane floods — it really should be Sydney floods God has a sense of direction — are not testable in any way.

  4. Interesting comment on this forum.

    There shouldnt be any kind of dick measuring here, but just to show the scale…

    My rough try…

    Total area of Queensland flooding is supposedly as large as Germany and France combined
    = 1031864 km2

    Total Area of the UK
    =243610 km2

    Total area of Louisiana
    = 135382 km2

    VERY different circumstances though, so you cant compare really.

  5. You are defending Gore pointing the finger? Right now?

    Ugh. And now James Delingpole, a guy I usually like, is jumping into the blame game as well, blaming your singer turned Environment Minister Peter Garrett for disallowing a dam to be built that would have saved Brisbane.

    The time for blaming is not during the crisis. First you solve the problem. Blame is rather unimportant at this moment.

  6. James Delingpole: never heard of him, but I can see why you’d like him. The item you refer to is a guest post which cites our very own idiot commenter Andrew Bolt, another of the underimpressive claque* of ideologically driven non-scientists who pooh-pooh climate change for the diversion of the adoring masses.

    * “Claque (French for “slap”) is an organized body of professional applauders in French theatres and opera houses.”

    But you are right about analysis (or “blaming”) really belonging further down the track.

    Al Gore’s “sin” seems to me less that that of your columnist and much less than that nutty church in Philadelphia which follows some long-exploded myth of the role of Anglo-Saxons in the world as well as having privileged information about what God thinks.

  7. Not interested in banter right now, Neil. It’s discouraging that so many people are willing to do so during true crises, Delingpole, Gore, and the Philadelphia people being horrid examples. This is a catastrophe, and we should treat it as such – not use it to try to score political points. That is beneath us.

    A better use of your time would be to inform those of us who aren’t there determine what we can do to help. What Australians can use money to help flood victims most effectively? What items can we FedEx, and to where, that are most needed?

    Any info would be appreciated.

  8. Here the relevant information is readily available as we’ve been getting 27/7 continuous news coverage. The best source for you is the ABC page which has both the latest news and information on how to donate.

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