20110111 Brisbane Flood (Jan. 11, 2011)

Queensland 東南邊因為連續大雨,很多城市都淹水,甚至對外交通中斷,昨天最令人驚訝的是在 Brisbane 西邊 126km (ps. 開車約 1 小時 45分鐘) 的山城 Toowoomba 山洪暴發,洪水由主要馬路宣洩而下,很多車子被沖走,有些房子幾乎沒頂,今天早上新聞時已經確認 8 人死亡 72 人失蹤,現在則是 9 人死亡 59 人失蹤。

Brisbane (布里斯本) 這附近本來就因為連續大雨而有些地方在淹水,那個 1974 年大淹水之後而建,1985 年建成,同時也是附近最大水庫 Wivenhoe Dam,當初就是為了避免再發生大淹水而用來蓄洪,也就是一半的蓄水量 (ps. 稱作 100% capacity,
1,165,238 Mega litter) 是用作飲用水,剩下一半蓄水量是蓄洪用的,目前因連續大雨已經天天在洩洪,但是這幾天降雨集中在其集水區,昨天早上還只有 145% capacity,今天早上則是 175% capacity,現在則根本就是 190% capacity,而 200% capacity 是其最高容忍界線,所以被迫要洩更多的水。目前 Brisbane river 水位已經接近或甚至超過 1974 年,靠河的很多地方都已經漫過河岸而淹水了,而明後天禮拜三四下午是大潮,淹水的情況會更嚴重。

UQ 校園就靠著 Brisbane river,所以今天下午就關閉了,老公和我的實驗室的人基本上在下午兩點多時就都走光了,我因為還在做實驗,所以我們拖到四點才離開,走到平常停車的地方 (ps. 學期中必須早上七點以前到才能停在 Coldridge street,現在暑假則因為沒有 2P 限制 (ps. 停車兩小時限制) 而可以在早上九、十點時停在 Munro street),發現那個 Munro street 已經完全淹掉了,而且還淹到腰部,還好今天早上停車時,看到 Munro street 最低窪處已經淹水了,而 Coldridge street 還有位置,為了安全就停在 Coldridge street 的高點,才避免掉車子泡水的災難。

由於週末一直下大雨,我們沒有出門買食物,現在冰箱空空,沒青菜沒水果,連麵條都沒了,本來就打算今天要去買,所以我們就開車到平常常去的超市,結果因為 Brisbane 淹水,那家超市 Woolworth 四點就關了,我們跑去另一家超市 Coles 看,人山人海,大家都在搶購食物,很多食物都被買光了,沒有青菜了,肉類也差不多被清光,不過還有一些水果,所以我們買了一些水果及冷凍蔬菜,還有麵粉及麵條。

我們已經安全回到家了,所以不用擔心我們。我們租的房子是位在山坡上,基本上除了因下雨而相對濕度超過 90%,並不會被水淹到,所以除了外面淹水區因道路淹水而阻斷交通,我們基本上是一切安好,現在有食物有水,就算明後兩天交通中斷,應該也沒問題。


Brisbane suburbs at risk of flooding (By ABC, Jan. 11, 2011, ~8 pm)


Deadly wave heads for Brisbane (by Jamie Walker and Michael McKenna, The Australian, January 12, 2011 12:00AM)
THE nation confronts its worst flood disaster in living memory, with 30 people believed dead and 78 missing in southeast Queensland.

The wall of water bearing down on Brisbane threatens to engulf thousands of homes and put more people at risk.

The official death toll from the flash flooding that ripped through Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley on Monday stands at 10, with half the victims children, but Julia Gillard warned that this was bound to increase.

Inland tsunami in Toowoomba (Jan. 11, 2011)

A resident captures the torrent of water that ripped through Toowoomba, taking everything in its path.


 
Toowoomba flood crisis
 Incredible flash flood footage
  Brisbane On Alert
 
  
Jan. 12: Homes in the town of Ipswich, west of Brisbane, are inundated by floodwaters.Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

 


 
 
Jan. 11: Water lies outside the State Library after the Brisbane River burst it banks. Source: Supplied
Brisbane River floods
Jan. 12: The flooded banks of the Brisbane River at sunrise. Picture: Getty Images 


Jan. 12: The roads near Suncorp Stadium flooded in Brisbane. Picture: Peter Wallis  
Jan. 12: Police cordon off a flooded road in Milton. Picture: Getty Images

Jan. 12: The McDonalds in the Brisbane suburb of Milton is underwater. Picture: Peter Wallis
 
    

Flash floods hit Brisbane

flash valley parking

FLASH flooding hit Brisbane after a weather system dumped rain on the region.

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