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Brisbane River from the other side
« on: January 10, 2011, 08:47:02 PM »
Could not make it out to work today as during the night the river had come up and cut the Hwy at Shines gully , near the Wivenhoe-somerset Rd turnoff . Spent most of the day taking a few pics and contemplating the fact 'us in the pocket' are now stuck with all roads out cut.

Wivenhoe has filled to a level where it has gone over the bridge at Kipper Creek , the Hwy past the dam towards Esk is cut just past Hamon Cove and if you get to Cominya , there's nowhere to go past there. Funny enough , not alot of traffic about  ;D

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Re: Brisbane River from other side
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2011, 08:49:53 PM »
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Re: Brisbane River from other side
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2011, 09:16:02 PM »
Thats a sh!t load of water

Those shots of Lumley are like  :OMG

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Re: Brisbane River from other side
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Re: Brisbane River from other side
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2011, 06:18:29 AM »
Geez getting close to 74m when they keep floodgates open all the time with no regard for the tide times etc.
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Re: Brisbane River from other side
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2011, 12:13:43 AM »
Power has just got back on ...woohoo !!! Lost it Tuesday morning amongst the 500mm!!!  The River at the end of Shines Rd peaked sometime around midnight Tuesday night and by 6am had dropped a couple of feet or so . Many people in the pocket were caught by the very fast rise of the river in the hours just before dark . Seqwater had gone around telling residents of on Tuesday evening that they expected the auxilary spillway to burst as the main spillway was open the whole 17metres possible  , and that wasn't enough to stem the rise in the dam.

The auxilary spillway came within a whisker of topping , how lucky was that ! By mid-morning the river had dropped considerably as seqwater was able to wind the release from Wivenhoe back . An even bigger bullet dodged .

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Re: Brisbane River from other side
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2011, 12:15:38 AM »
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Re: Brisbane River from other side
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2011, 06:12:55 AM »
Thanks Dave

We were very close

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Re: Brisbane River from other side
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2011, 11:54:38 AM »
My sentiments with Steven,Dave.
Thanks for those pics.
Seeing the break through that close really hits home just how lucky Brisbane was!!

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Re: Brisbane River from other side
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2011, 06:48:38 PM »
Apparently the power for Fernvale comes from the Wivenhoe pocket side of the river , most of those power lines are dangling in the river  , as power poles are either gone or on a 45degree angle .

The picture below is from the 2 storey house near Twin bridges looking down towards Wivenhoe pocket Rd and downstream towards the Highway .

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Re: Brisbane River from other side
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2011, 12:40:58 PM »
Went for a look at Twin Bridges this morning.  For those who know the area you can see the sign for the turn-off from the highway.  It is in  about a mtre of water at the moment.  Yes, the highway in the dip.  The closest you can get to it is the coloured toilet block on the hill.  Where we watched the water in October, from the picnic ground is under water.  The road from Fernvale to Lowood remains underwater at the Lowood end.  Fervale reamins without power, and I have been told that it could be up to 2 weeks before it returns.  There is a 9 metre x 9 metre shed, on a concrete slab sitting on the road near glamorganvale pub.  The river came to the bottom of the driveway at Fitz place.  1 metre higher than the 74 flood here.  Pam was able to get home from Toowoomba via Warwick yesterday.  Our place at Fernvale has had the ceiling ruined.  Water made its way in under the tiles and because it has Cool &  Cosy insulation it's all waterlogged .  Two weeks without power will cause problems with the septic system each house in Fernvale has.  I threw out all the food from our fridges yesterday,  but the freezer in the garage still has at least 2 turkeys, 3 chickens and a couple of whole rumps in it.  I had nowhere to throw them.  My driveway has been totalled, will need a couple of metres of roadbase to fix it.  I gather the pool will be off before the power comes.  The other night I had 12 mobile phones plugged into my crappy 750 watt cmc generator.  I did a door knock up the street and charged all the flat phones.  NO land lines out here, so no internet access.  NO power, NO water, it's just a trickle now.  The highway was under a foot of water at Woolworths in Fernvale

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Re: Brisbane River from other side
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2011, 02:52:41 PM »
Sorry to hear about your losses Dale but  the fact that you're both ok and in no danger is all that really matters. All them clouds and not many silver linings.
I got stuck in Bris on Tuesday night, couldn't get home. Some anxious moments with family in Riverside estate at Karalee and Chapel hill. The anxiety caused by lack of phone contact, so I totally understand you wanting to charge phones. Fact is the coverage just wasn't happening.
When I did get home yesterday, almost had to kidnap one daughter from Chapel hill, and bring her home with me. I drove into the estate here and felt so bloody guilty. Just looks like the biggest problem here was that grass hadn't been mowed for over a week.
Stay safe everybody and where possible keep in, or make contact with family and friends, its important.
Yeah, we got a cr@p cricket team, ;D but tremendous resilience. It'll all come good.
Cheers John.
 

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Re: Brisbane River from the other side
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2011, 06:03:11 PM »
Sorry to hear all the bad news Dale . Fernvale has been forgotten by the media coverage , only news I have heard from over there is by hearsay .

On another note, I made it into Lowood today via Patricks Crossing , where there is someone's half canoe sitting beside the northern approach.

Word is the Brisbane Valley Hwy at the River and Shines Gully will be cut until next Wednesday .

Cheers,
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Re: Brisbane River from the other side
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2011, 06:27:16 PM »
Im told all 5 gates at Wivenhoe are again open & the river down stream is rising again. I guess there's alot of water held back to soften the blow on Brisbane & Ipswich. Now that the waters there are dropping it might be time to get that buffer back into the lakes. Another bad weather pattern & we'll have no buffer with the lakes over full.

Unconfirmed report from friend at Mt Crosby, the weir may have been taken out by the flood. I'm thinking the road over the weir maybe, but I'd be surprized if the weir itself was taken out.  I hope the old weir is now gone however, more river for fish to move up & down.

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Re: Brisbane River from the other side
« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2011, 06:36:04 PM »
Some great footage of the Brisbane River in flood

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