A rare colour aerial photograph of the 1974 floods, showing the heart of the city under water. Photo: Picture Ipswich
A rare colour aerial photograph of the 1974 floods, showing the heart of the city under water. Photo: Picture Ipswich

Memories of '74 flooding back

TO THOSE who weren’t there it may be hard to believe, but 37 years before January’s disaster, Ipswich was devastated by an even bigger flood.

Despite the loss of life, livelihood and property that has hit Ipswich again this year, the community’s interest in the Queensland Times flood coverage has been overwhelming.

More than 30,000 copies of the QT 2011 flood pictorial have been purchased since it first went on sale last month.

Due to popular demand, and to give readers an idea of how this year’s floods compared to those of 1974, the Queensland Times will include a 12-page 1974 floods liftout in tomorrow’s edition.

The liftout is a reprint of the pictorial released shortly after flooding devastated Ipswich all those years ago.

The Bremer River rose to a height of 20.7 metres at the end of January, 1974 – more than a metre higher than it did last month – inundating about 2000 homes and properties and causing millions of dollars in damage.

Two deaths were attributed to the flooding which also affected residents, businesses and sporting clubs along creeks and gullies flowing into the river.

Areas of Ipswich affected by Brisbane River flooding, like Goodna, are included in the liftout.



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