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Bremer River peak 13.9 metres in Ipswich on Monday night

2013 flood, Ipswich.
2013 flood, Ipswich. Rob Williams

LATEST: In Ipswich, major flood levels recorded a 13.9 metre peak at about 9:30pm Monday.

This is below the January 2011 flood peak of 19.4 metres.

At 3am Tuesday the river level at Ipswich was 13.25 metres and falling.

At 10.30am on Tuesday the river peak was 11.45m.

Click here for latest river heights

On Monday evening Mayor Paul Pisasale told the ABC, that it would be good news for the city if the Bremer River stayed under 14 metres.

"If it stops at 14 we're going to be a very happy city, that means the pressures on our city and some of the houses won't be there, there'll only be a few houses that'll be inundated and there'll be a lot of people back in their homes tomorrow."

ROAD CLOSURES: The following roads are closed and are being inspected for safety, please find alternative routes.

MAIN ROADS

  • Rosewood Warrill View Rd (Spressors & Blundells Bridges)
  • Ipswich Rosewood Rd (7 Mile Bridge)
  • Haigslea Amberly Rd (5 Mile Bridge)
  • Swanbank Rd Swanbank (Bundamba Creek)
  • Warwick Rd Churchill (Deebing Creek)
  • Mt Crosby Rd Tivoli (Tantivy Rd)


LOCAL ROADS

  • Ripley Rd Ripley (Bundamba Creek Bridge)
  • East Owen St Swanbank
  • Marsden Pde Ipswich
  • King Edward Pde Ipswich
  • Barrams Rd Ripley
  • Purga School Rd Purga
  • Middle Rd Purga
  • Calvert Station Rd Purga
  • Old Toowommba Rd (3 Mile Bridge)
  • One Mile Bridge West Ipswich
  • Lobb St One Mile (Old Bridge)
  • Mccarys Rd Rosewood
  • South Station Rd Raceview (near Brothers Club House)
  • Junction Rd Karalee (near Lyndon Way)
  • Gordon St Grandchester
  • Reinke Rd Ashwell
  • Kholo Rd Kholo (Kholo Bridge)
  • Melbourne St & Lyndon Way Karalee
  • Lower Cross St Goodna

 

6PM: The flood nightmare of 2011 is returning to haunt Ipswich - although hopes are high the city may be spared the worst of the predicted disaster.

The flood peak for Ipswich was expected to be 15m at David Trumpy Bridge in the CBD between 6pm and 9pm today (Monday).

That is about 4.5m less than the 2011 peak and well down on the 20.7m recorded 39 years almost to the day in 1974.

Goodna's flood peak, estimated to be 10m, is expected to occur on Tuesday morning.

Ipswich City Council said 660 properties in Ipswich were expected to be affected by flooding, but Mayor Paul Pisasale remained hopeful that many homes and businesses would not be severely affected.

The predicted Bremer River flood peak of 15m was due to inundate lower-lying properties in the CBD, Moores Pocket, North Booval, West Ipswich, North Ipswich, Karalee, Basin Pocket and Goodna.

Cr Pisasale said he'd been up since 3am yesterday visiting flood-affected suburbs and talking to residents.

"The worst thing is not the water - it's the panic," he said.

Meanwhile, the town of Laidley has seen flood levels higher than those seen in 2011.

12PM: The estimated flood peak for Ipswich has been revised to 15 metres at the David Trumpy Bridge and it is now expected to peak at 6pm tonight.

The estimated flood peak for Goodna is now estimated to be 10 metres and expected to peak tomorrow morning.

10m at the Moggill Gauge (Brisbane River) reaching approximately 9.5m later this evening, peaking Tuesday morning.

A total of 660 properties are expected to potentially be affected by flooding within Ipswich.

 

11AM: A flooding emergency alert has been issued by the Ipswich Local Disaster Management Group for the Bremer River and Ipswich City region.

People in flood prone or low lying areas should consider evacuation or seek higher ground now.

An Evacuation Centre has been established at the Ipswich Show Grounds.

 

11AM: An updated list of properties and suburbs and properties potentially at risk of water inundation based on rainfall and flooding modelling provided by the Bureau of Meteorology is now available on council's website at ipswich.qld.gov.au

Possible properties at risk of flood tonight.

UPDATE: List of properties potentially affected by flood water

UPDATE: List of properties with buildings potentially affected by flood water

10AM: A FLOOD evacuation centre will open at the Ipswich Showgrounds at 10.30am Monday, Ipswich City Council has advised.

Residents concerned about flooding should self-evacuate to the Showgrounds' main club function area, 81 Warwick Rd, Ipswich.

Registrations open at 10.30am and pets are allowed.

Evacues should take with them: Bedding, medications, toiletries, baby gear and food, personal aids such as walkers, clothing, and towels.

Pet owners should bring all food, water bowls, leads and cages as necessary to care for their animals.

Arrangements are being made for meals at the centre, but evacuees should bring some food to assist in the interim period.

Phone Ipswich City Council on 3810 6666 with any queries.

1AM: IPSWICH is expected to flood tonight as the torrential downpour from ex-tropical cyclone Oswald continued to dump heavy rain across the region last night.

Around 400 properties in the city council area are under threat from rising water, just a few weeks after the second anniversary of the 2011 floods.

Click here for possible properties at risk of flood on 28 January, 2013

Click here for a PDF of Brisbane River Flood Map: West

Mayor Paul Pisasale said flood water could inundate 50 homes on those properties, with revised figures to be announced this morning after last night's rain.

Cr Pisasale said the prediction was based on the expectation of an extra 100mm of rain to fall in the lower catchment last night

That would be on top of the 150mm of rain that fell on the city between Saturday morning and Sunday evening.

The suburbs to be affected include parts of Brassall, Bundamba, Churchill, Moores Pocket, North Booval and West Ipswich.

Cr Pisasale released the flood information last night following an address by Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, who warned that both Ipswich and Brisbane would be hit by flooding.

The mayor said the Bremer River was expected to peak at 14.45m at midnight tonight.

The peak will be 5m less than the devastating floods of 2011 and Cr Pisasale stressed the flood would not cause the same devastation as two years ago.

Amberley had recorded 79mm of rain since 9am on Sunday as The QT went to print last night, with falls exceeding 100mm at Colleges Crossing.

The heavy rain was expected to fall until midnight. Cr Pisasale said it would only by then when the full extent of the likely flooding would be revealed.

"It is not going to be the same as the 2011 flood," he said.

"With the information we've got there is plenty of time to prepare and plenty of people to help.

"We will know more in the morning depending on how much rain has fallen."

He urged residents to remain calm, saying efforts by some residents to evacuate Ipswich suburbs were unnecessary.

"We had a situation where the people of Goodna were starting to evacuate, but the most important thing is it is not going to peak until Monday night."

Releases from Wivenhoe Dam continued last night, with SEQ Water releasing 900 cubic metres of water per second.

Premier Campbell Newman addressed the state last night.

"There will be flooding, but it will be much lower than in 2011," he said.

Yesterday homes around Ipswich felt the impact of localised flooding.

Ipswich SES filled more than 1300 sand bags, with a steady stream of concerned residents picking them up to protect homes.

Properties in Joyce St, East Ipswich, flooded, with one family wading through the water in their front yard.

Joyce St resident Matt Mirfin has lived in the home with his family for eight months and saw his front yard flood with each downpour.

"The water will stay on the property for two weeks. It just sits here. There's no drainage. We are in the lowest point of the street and this is where it comes," he said. "It's coming right under the house. We knew it was going to happen."

The Lockyer Valley Regional Council has also prepared residents for evacuation, opening the Laidley High school for stricken residents.

Residents of the lower, older part of the town of Grantham were also told to move to higher land.

WILD WEEKEND

  • A CRASH involving two b-doubles and several cars along the Warrego Highway near Hatton Vale on Saturday night left two teenagers in a critical condition.
  • STRONG winds brought down power lines at several locations across Ipswich, including Paice St, Bundamba.
  • RELEASES from Wivenhoe Dam mean Colleges Crossing is expected to remain closed for several days.
  • THE rain forced the Ipswich Turf Club to cancel its inaugural Australia Day meet yesterday.

Possible properties at risk of flood on 28 January, 2013

The information contained in the attached spread sheets indicate suburbs and properties potentially at risk of water inundation is based on rainfall and flooding modelling provided by the Bureau of Meteorology as of 4pm, 27 January 2013.

Click here for a PDF of Flood 2012: Suburb-Street

Click here for a PDF of Flood 2013: Suburb-Street-House

Topics:  ex-tropical cyclone oswald floods ipswich



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