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    Live coverage: Queensland flood crisis;

    Floodwaters are threatening even more communities in south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales after days of wild weather.

    Two people have lost their lives so far, and authorities hold grave fears for a man who was swept away by floodwater in the Brisbane suburb of Greenbank late last night.

    http://au.news.yahoo.com/queensland/...-flood-crisis/

    http://au.news.yahoo.com/queensland/...-floods-again/

    Anyone reading this post who may be in affected areas and in need of help please remember the SES (State Emergency Service) national phone number is 132 500 (Australia only). Please do not use this number for information. It is for rescue only

    latest update;

    http://au.news.yahoo.com/full-covera...-flood-crisis/

    Torrential rain and wild winds heading towards Sydney as ex-tropical cyclone moves down coast;

    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/we...128-2dftd.html

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/new...-1226563047910

    http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/...issued-for-nsw

    http://www.theherald.com.au/story/12...-sydney/?cs=12

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    People are being warned not to travel by road unless absolutely necessary and to use extreme caution if they do. Delay your trip if you possibly can.

    Please see these site for current information;

    http://www.nsw.gov.au/floods and http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/flood/ and also http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1...s-and-services

    Pilots are currently being warned of severe icing at higher altitudes and moderate turbulence with heavy rain below 10,000ft near waypoint 'BOREE' (37nm) north of Sydney as at 14:30 local. There's too many sigmets to post here.

    All major flights into Ballina cancelled;
    http://www.northernstar.com.au/news/...elled/1733715/
    Gold Coast flights halted as waters rise
    http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/1...ers-rise/?cs=7
    Adverse weather in Queensland caused by tropical cyclone Oswald, is affecting Tiger Airways Australia's flight schedule: (Updated Monday 28 January 2013 (1:30pm AEST)).
    http://www.tigerairways.com/au/en/di...dverse_weather
    Passengers Travelling with Virgin;
    http://www.virginaustralia.com/au/en...travel-alerts/
    general;
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/busi...-1226563418951

    Not really funny; http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/...ly-hits-police

    Single Runway 07 ops at YSSY (Sydney) at the moment wont help the issue if it continues when peak hour fires up (the 'twin' runways arent suitable due to the wind direction at present) (16:00 local).
    Still plenty of holding into YSSY at the moment with rwy 07 still in use. (17:40 local)
    Some aircraft are now discussing diverting to Canberra (YSCB to the south) or elsewhere with ATC (19:15 local)

    METAR: YSSY 280730Z 06019KT 3000 RA FEW012 OVC040 22/20 Q1007 FM0745 06020G35KT 6000 -RA SCT010 BKN020 TEMPO 0745/1030 3000 RA BKN008 FM0730 MOD/SEV TURB BLW 5000FT

    Sydney forecast:
    Temporary
    from 28 at 12 UTC to 28 at 21 UTC
    Visibility 2000 m
    Broken clouds at a height of 500 ft
    heavy rain

    Basically, from midnight tonight, it's on here in Sydney

    NSW floods worsen, residents evacuated;
    http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news...-1226563137131

    Sydney can expect the heaviest rainfall between midnight tonight and 06:00 described as a 1 in 20 year event and some areas where the rain has already passed through may yet experience rising floodwaters for some days
    http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/sydney.shtml

    Last update (I may wake up owning a boat instead of a house by morning);
    http://au.news.yahoo.com/full-covera...-flood-crisis/

    Regards,
    Gregg

    Notice to ADMIN:
    I appreciate the need to keep the forum tidy but why you'd move one of my posts on the victorian bushfires and stick it in amongst the Queensland flood crisis (some of which have also been moved) seems to defy all logic. We're in the middle of an on-going flood crisis here and it seems it's more important to do housekeeping than it is to keep ppl informed and updated. It also makes it impossible to get an idea on how many guys are reading each post and getting a handle on what they might be needing or are interested in (or not) for any future posts. One thing it has achieved is delaying me from getting my radar running and uploading and endeavouring to help out. If there are any 'Rules' you might want to get Ulf (Scanhorse) to abide by them. He seems to be able to stick posts almost at random anywhere on the forum and nobody duck-shoves those around. I'll go and take my meds now.
    Last edited by fungus; 2013-01-29, 00:33. Reason: updating on the fly
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  • #2
    More on the NSW flood crisis

    It's around midnight here but I'll try to update the situation as best I can.
    My backyard is now half yard and half water and the largest volume of the system hasnt hit yet. (If I were standing in my usual aircraft spotting position I'd be up to my knees in water). We're expecting 100-150mm rain overnight and winds up to 120km/h. a gum tree's nightmare scenario- moist soil and high winds. Latest reports say the worst will hit around 06:00 (local) in the morning
    I dont know if I've got it in me to provide too much in the way of links so please bear with me.
    With some luck the system may pick up speed and get pushed off the coast and out to sea.
    Sincere apologies if I've already posted any of these links previously.

    Floods rain havoc on Qld and northern NSW;
    http://au.news.yahoo.com/full-covera...-northern-nsw/
    http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDR712.loop.shtml#skip
    http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/...issued-for-nsw
    http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/...27/3677451.htm
    http://www.nsw.gov.au/floods
    http://www.skynews.com.au/topstories...aspx?id=840170
    http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-n...128-2dfqi.html
    http://www.mamamia.com.au/news/queen...d-floodds-2013

    Schools closed by Queensland's wild weather;
    http://www.smh.com.au/queensland/sch...128-2dgof.html

    Images of the floods;
    http://www.google.com.au/search?q=fl...w=1360&bih=629

    Firstly, Brisbane (Queensland's capital) has been declared a natural disaster area.
    Bundaberg (Queensland) has had the worst flooding in memory and the hospital is being evacuated. (around 190 patients). I guess Bundy rum may also be in short supply for a while.
    The ADF (Australian Defense Force) is supplying aircraft for evacuations as flood rescue boats cant operate in the fast flowing rivers .
    Around Sydney itself, the Hunter region (Newcastle area), the Sydney metroplolitan area, Illawarra (sth of Sydney) and the Central Tablelands (west of Sydney) have been issued with severe weather warnings and are on 'HIGH' alert.
    Many towns up the NSW coast from Sydney are having at least partial areas evacuated.
    Some evacuation centres are overwhelmed and closed to further evacuees (please check with local authorities if in those areas affected).
    Landline phones have been badly affected as have electricity supplies in many areas. As have mobile services and rescuers have had to rely heavily on 2-way radios.

    Above all else If anyone is reading this post from any affected areas please obey all instructions from emergency service personnel- get out if you're told to. dont wait and put your own life and that of emergency service personnel at risk by remaining

    Hooroo from the drenched east coast of the colony

    Regards,
    Gregg
    Last edited by fungus; 2013-01-29, 00:33. Reason: updating on the fly
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    • #3
      Four dead, dramatic rooftop rescues in Australia floods

      Morning update 29/01/13
      To a large degree Sydney seems to have dodged a bullet with overnight heavy rain and winds beginning to abate. However Queensland and northern NSW werent so fortunate and still face rising floodwaters in many towns/cities and some flights and airports are still being impacted- check your with airline if flying today. Still major delays at Sydney domestic terminal (at 11:30 local);

      http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/newshom...tralia-floods/
      http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/floodrelief
      http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/...as-east-coast/

      some low-lying areas of Grafton are now being told to evacuate following unprecedented floodwater levels (09:00 local)
      http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/newshom...d-evacuations/
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-2...levees/4488484

      Bundaberg hospital evacuated;
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-2...76?section=qld

      Brisbane flooding due to peak as I post this (aprox. 12:20 local);
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-2...d-peak/4488452

      Unfortunately the last fatality was a 3 year old boy crushed by a tree and his pregnant mother is fighting for her life in hospital after they were 'sightseeing' at a local river when a tree fell on them.

      http://www.skynews.com.au/national/a...aspx?id=840349

      A timely and general warning to all:

      Please do not go 'sightseeing' (what we term 'rubbernecking' here) during emergencies. You only get in the way and hamper and divert resources from the rescue effort by placing yourself and others in danger.

      Regards,
      Gregg
      Last edited by fungus; 2013-01-29, 01:21. Reason: updating on the fly- situation still fluid
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      • #4
        Qld/ Nsw Flood Emergency Abating

        It would appear that for the most part the recent flood emergency affecting Queensland and New South Wales coastal areas is abating with numerous rivers already peaking and floodwaters receeding. As of time of posting Rockhampton in QLD still has rising water as has Maclean in NSW and many areas in both states are still isolated. (15:15 local NSW time). People in the affected areas are being asked to conserve water usage where possible. Many roads are cut and water treatment plants out of action which may take some days to overcome. Power and phones in some areas are likely to be still affected. To the best of my knowledge all major airports are operating but are under some strain with backlogs, again check with airlines for particular flight information. People are being warned to use extreme caution drinking water in the affected areas. Extra Police resources are being sent into affected areas to protect against looting. (What a bloody pity we need that). Some floodwaters were clocked at around 70kts in speed (fortunately not the stuff in my backyard) so it is still vital even with receeding floodwaters that due diligence is observed. The 'Lockyer Valley Mud Army ' has been mobilised in Queensland west of Brisbane. The ADF (Australian Defense Force) is again sending personnel into the area to assist in the recovery.
        Wivenhoe Dam supplying Brisbane is at 129% capacity and still releasing water today.
        Some affected areas have now had up to 6 (that's 'six') 0ne in one hundred year events in the past 10 years!

        In one of the worst affected areas of Bundaberg (Queensland) alone, 7,500 residents have been displaced.
        In Grafton (New South Wales) some 3,000 have been displaced.

        And to anyone who may be tempted to ask 'Where are the links to all the above information'? I have my very own personal news service being piped directly into the family room of my home as I type. It's called a television.

        They now face a crisis of another kind- the massive cleanup. Already appeals for help from able bodied individuals is underway much as it was back in 2011 as is financial assistance being sought from all aid organisations. For any further assistance or information please see the following links;

        Queensland; http://www.emergency.qld.gov.au/emq/

        New South Wales; http://www.emergency.nsw.gov.au/current/flooding

        I'm taking a breather.
        Hooroo and Regards,
        Gregg
        Last edited by fungus; 2013-01-29, 05:20. Reason: updating on the fly
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        • #5
          Two workers missing in Qld flood zone

          Two men are still missing days after they failed to turn up at work, with one of their cars discovered fully submerged in a flooded creek west of Brisbane.

          http://au.news.yahoo.com/full-covera...ld-flood-zone/

          http://au.news.yahoo.com/qld-floods/...in-queensland/

          As can now be seen by the above article, police have now confirmed that a fifth victim has been found.
          Last edited by fungus; 2013-01-30, 03:43. Reason: updating on the fly
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          • #6
            Queensland floods as seen from space

            Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield posted the images he took as he passed overhead in the International Space Station at about 7:30pm AEST.

            http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2...30/3679065.htm

            or for some more general flood pics;

            http://www.examiner.com.au/story/126...orbit/?cs=2452
            http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/...nd-floods-2013
            Last edited by fungus; 2013-01-30, 03:43. Reason: updating on the fly
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            • #7
              Water in flood zones could run out by midday

              Brisbane residents are being warned some suburbs could run out of water by noon today, despite some success in fixing problems affecting a water treatment plant.

              http://au.news.yahoo.com/full-covera...ld-flood-zone/
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              • #8
                Australia flood danger far from over

                This item from 1 hour ago (10:00 local)

                There are fears the death toll from massive flooding in Queensland could rise even as water levels start receding across the Australian state and neighbouring New South Wales.

                The devastation caused by Cyclone Oswald was expected to linger for days, with thousands of homes inundated, entire communities isolated and the real possibility that Brisbane could run out of drinking water.


                http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/austral...-far-from-over
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                • #9
                  Residents mop up after NSW floods

                  A massive clean-up is under way in northern NSW as floodwaters subside, but some communities remain cut off and townspeople and farmers are struggling without power and supplies.

                  State Emergency Service (SES) Clarence-Nambucca spokeswoman Sam Colwell said while the Clarence River had dropped from Tuesday's record levels, Yamba and Iluka at the river's mouth were likely to be isolated for at least two more days.

                  http://au.news.yahoo.com/qld-floods/...er-nsw-floods/
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                  • #10
                    Sunshine Coast still counting cost of storm

                    Sunshine Coast Regional Council says crews are still assessing the damage from the weekend's severe storm.

                    Deputy Mayor Chris Thompson says it is too early to put a figure on the damage bill to local roads and infrastructure.

                    http://au.news.yahoo.com/queensland/...cost-of-storm/
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                    • #11
                      Rockhampton Airport

                      Just got news via my own personal home feed (TV) that 'Rocky' airport in Queensland is closed until at least Wednesday as they are still experiencing on-going flooding.

                      Searching for a link atm.

                      http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-n...202-2dqxf.html

                      and anyone thinking aussies dont have a sense of humour. Recently seen posted:

                      Lost Dog
                      Beloved family pet
                      Description;
                      3 legs, no tail, one ear, has the mainge and with half its teeth missing
                      .... goes by the name 'Lucky'

                      Well, nobody has found the dog yet but somebody has found a croc;
                      http://au.news.yahoo.com/queensland/...risis-worsens/


                      Regards,
                      Gregg
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