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Old 01-03-11, 09:51 AM   #1
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Queensland Australia floods

Any of you Aussie bikeforumers affected by the floods? Maybe it has affected your net access as well. Let us know how you are doing.
Ive seen a few pics of cyclists riding through the deluge but it looks deep enough to wreck bearings.
We get the occasional small scale flood here so I know the damage it can do to houses but we dont have to contend with salt-water crocks or displaced snakes and wee beasties.
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I think Chris L is affected to some extent. Rowan and I are further south ... we've had an incredible amount of rain since June, and there has been a lot of flooding here too with bridges washed away, roads closed, etc., but nowhere near the extent of what's happening in Queensland.
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Drought, fire, floods. . . What next; rain of frogs?
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Drought, fire, floods. . . What next; rain of frogs?
Nope ... locust. We've got a plague of locust coming across Victoria now.
http://new.dpi.vic.gov.au/agricultur...plague-locusts

They've reached the area where we live, but aren't as bad as a bit further north yet.

Always fun to ride in clouds of these things!!
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It looks like it's either always burning or drowning in Australia of late...

Then New Zealand shakes like a can of paint. Tough break.
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It's cyclical. Bushfires usually come at the end of a long drought, then there are heavy rains for the next few years, then the drought starts again. I am old enough to have seen it happen several times like this.

One of the issues in Queensland is that the drought has been so extended, and the monsoonal rains have taken so long to come, that people have become complacent. If you look at the coverage, you will see quite a few old buildings bult up off the ground, as on stilts. These are affectionately known as "Old Queenslanders" and they were built like that for a reason.

But people who have moved to Queensland from southern states have opted for low-level/ground-level houses, removed or destroyed the old Queenslanders, built their new homes, and are now paying the consequences.

One of the real positives out of the rainfall is that the artesian basin -- an undeground network that contains an enormous quantity of water and covers a huge area of what essentially is dry, desert-like terrain -- will be replenished. And many of the rivers which have been struggling to maintain any sort of flow will be flushed -- albeit with a large amount of red silt in the water.

It's part of the renewal process. Even the bushfires that I lived through in February 2009 were much like that. It's just a shame that they killed so many people and completely entirely destroyed so many residences.
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To be honest the floods haven't affected this part of Queensland too badly (apart from one idiot who tried to drive across a flooded creek - I'm sure Darwin would be proud). We've had the occasional land slide and road closure, but that's been about it. Most of the action has been to the north and (surprisingly) the west. I did have to cancel a planned bike tour over the Christmas/New Year period, but since then my only real impediment has been a cold that I picked up from the office last week.

Any BF members from Rockhampton, however, might have had some real problems
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Nope ... locust. We've got a plague of locust coming across Victoria now.
http://new.dpi.vic.gov.au/agricultur...plague-locusts

They've reached the area where we live, but aren't as bad as a bit further north yet.

Always fun to ride in clouds of these things!!
If they are are slick when squashed as the crickets that invade Idaho every few years you'd be wiser to walk.
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This is getting ridiculous. Toowoomba is a town of about 90,000 people sitting on top of a mountain range, and yesterday they were hit will a wall of flood water that was described as an "inland tsunami" by a State Emergency Service official. Someone put up some footage of it on you tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt-FT-skins (beware: the guy filming it drops one or two expletives in the 'commentary'). Remember, this is at THE TOP of the range.

Of course, that all headed into the Lockyer valley and almost washed away the towns of Gatton and Grantham.

In the meantime, the city of Brisbane is only being saved from a major flood by the Wivenhoe Dam, which was almost empty 18 months ago. Even there, parts the Brisbane Valley have just had another 250mm+ of rain in the last three hours.

I heard last night that Stanthorpe -- the highest town in the whole state, has now been put on flood alert.

This is really getting beyond a joke.
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Agreed. It has become a very scary sort of situation for everyone up there, even those in the Old Queenslanders.

Thing is, the monsoonal trough is now extending its fingers down our way, and now we are sort of looking furtively skywards in the expectation of some heavy downpours (again) in the next two or three days. Our flood situation is not as serious as up in Queensland by any stretch, but the area we live in went through the flood scenario before Christmas. And the late night news last night showed a mid-western Victorian town, Warracknabeal, under water.
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