Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Flooding East Brisbane

I live in the Brisbane Suburb known as 'East Brisbane'
Close to the river it floods in low lying areas.
Thankfully I live on a hill. We have been spared the heartbreak of packing up and moving out.

We walked to the river late yesterday and again today to witness the river in flood. Here are some of the photos...

Sunrise 5.30am  Wednesday 12th Jan
View from the Kangaroo Point Cliffs
of a swollen river filled with debris

Pontoon with chair
floats past

Next a pontoon
with boat on top

This boat has already
travelled intact under
at least 7 bridges

People line the top of the cliffs - watching in awe
and the media prepare for early broadcasts

By lunchtime flood water is creeping up into the houses at the lower end of my street - Longlands Street

By 4pm crowds of people are gathering at vantage spots along the river to watch the awesome power of a river in full flood

Kangaroo Point Cliffs

Traffic chaos

At Mowbray Park

Looking upstream as
Smith Street Newfarm
City Cat Pontoon 
Breaks up

Water laps the grass as riverside footpaths

Thanks to the family, friends and students who have called us today to check on our safety. We wish everyone could be as safe as we are tonight.  Linda

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