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New flood maps reveal destruction

The centre of Ipswich showing where the Bremer River left its normal course and invaded streets and homes.
The centre of Ipswich showing where the Bremer River left its normal course and invaded streets and homes. Image: Map Data Sciences

IPSWICH people are among the first in Queensland to get a bird’s eye view of the extent of the floods that ravaged the city.

The State Government is creating an online record of the flood devastation and Cyclone Yasi’s path with aerial images across Queensland.

Premier Anna Bligh and Queensland Reconstruction Authority chairman Major General Mick Slater said the first series of maps covered more than 100 communities, with other maps to be released in coming weeks.

Ipswich, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Emerald, St George, Condamine, Goondiwindi and Surat are included in the first round of maps at www.qldreconstruction.org.au from today.

“This interactive website contains real images of the damage caused by these natural disasters both from the air and on the ground,” Ms Bligh said. “Queenslanders will be given free access to online maps showing the actual flood line for towns and cities affected by the floods.

“They will be able to type in their address, or the address of a loved one, and see where their property is located, in relation to the city or town flood line.

“To prepare for future events we need to do better than educated guesses, and this website can help make Queenslanders more prepared than ever.”



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