QUEENSLAND FLOOD SUMMARY 1930 - 1939
|1930||January||From 5th to 9th
heavy flooding of practically
all rivers between Townsville and Cooktown. Complete dislocation of
and road traffic, causing serious delays to mail, and much loss of
Innisfail isolated and some wharves submerged. A man drowned in Liverpool
From 20th to 31st floods over greater part of the State. However the Peninsula and far north-west rivers were not affected and floods were only slight in the Maranoa, Downs and the southern part of the South Coastal district. Traffic between Townsville and Cairns again completely disorganised and low lying portions of Cairns inundated. Other districts experienced serious traffic interruptions and mail delays. These included Mackay-Townsville, Cloncurry-Mt Isa, Hughenden-Winton, Longreach-Aramac and Adavale-Charleville-Quilpie-Cunnamulla regions. Three railway passengers drowned whilst being ferried across the Burdekin River and drowning fatalities occurred in the Warrego, Pioneer and Haughton rivers.
In Mackay damage costs were high and low lying parts of the city were submerged. Some south west station homesteads were inundated and water was 3 metres deep in the streets of Adavale. (Highest since 1890). Cooper Creek reported to be 15 kilometres wide and many cattle and thousands of sheep drowned in the Warrego, Paroo and Bulloo rivers.
|1930||February||Between 2nd and
10th the January floods continued
to seriously affect many parts of the western half of the State.
had been supplemented by heavy thunderstorm rains in various localities
on 2nd, (especially between Richmond, Cloncurry and Duchess ). There
numerous railway interruptions notably in the
Charleville-Quilpie and Longreach-Winton districts.
In the same period several coastal rivers flooded, chiefly between Cairns and Mackay. The Pioneer River was seriously affected and the Mirani bridge demolished. The harbour wall at Mackay was badly damaged and rail and road traffic between Cairns and Bowen suspended. Some bridges over the Stanley and Mary rivers were submerged.
On the last day of the month the Herbert and Tully rivers were again flooding.
|1930||March||Floods in the Herbert and Tully rivers from 1st to 3rd. Local flooding in isolated districts later in the month. A man drowned in the Wallumbilla district.|
|1930||April||Rivers and creeks between Beenleigh and Tweed Heads flooded on 15th.|
local flooding during the first
few day of the month.
In the period 7th to 12th there was flooding in various central and southern districts, chiefly the South Coast area. This resulted in considerable bridge damage, crop losses and traffic dislocation in the region south from Maryborough. Many cattle were lost and a man drowned in Callide Creek.
On 31st many central and southern streams again were in flood.
|1930||June||On 2nd flooding
occurred in many southern districts,
especially the South Coast area and some towns were isolated. Bulloo
River and Cooper Creek in high flood.
From 12th and 16th there was local flooding in various parts of the south eastern quarter. Railway damage occurred between Finch Hatton and Netherdale.
From 27th to 30th many coastal streams south from Rockhampton, especially between Maryborough and Southport, again flooded.
|1930||July||Minor flooding in various subtropical localities on 3rd and 4th.|
|1930||August||Local floods in the Tully and Mackay districts on 20th and 21st. Minor flooding in the Darling Downs, Maranoa and Warrego districts from 23rd to 25th.|
|1930||September||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1930||October||On 4th there was
heavy local flooding between
Cooktown and Townsville, with the result being a train derailment near
Bemerside. Business premises in Townsville were flooded. Further
between Hughenden and Winton caused another train derailment.
On 11th minor streams in the southern part of the South Coast district flooded. Local flooding in the west, especially in the Winton district, occurred on 28th and 29th.
|1930||November||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1930||December||Local minor flooding in isolated districts. Rail wash out between Duchess and Mt Isa.|
|1931||January||On the 14th isolated local flooding occurred. In the Goombungee district sawmill plant and timber were washed away and some stock drowned. From 28th to 31st there was heavy flooding in Carpentaria and coastal districts, chiefly between Cairns and Ingham. In the Russell River a man drowned. Washaways on Mt. Isa line and rail traffic between Croydon and Georgetown interrupted. Rail and road traffic dislocated in Blackall Range country.|
Cairns and Ingham continued at
the beginning of the month. From 2nd to 8th most coastal streams south
from Townsville were affected. Only local flooding resulted from
to Gladstone but the Burnett and all streams south
from there had
more serious flooding. All traffic was greatly disorganised and there
heavy losses caused by destruction of crops and drowning of stock.
of Bundaberg, Gympie and Maryborough were submerged.
Brisbane experienced its first flood for 23 years. Most city wharves were submerged and water reached almost to Stanley Street, South Brisbane. More serious inundations occurred in parts of some suburbs, notably the Milton, Oxley, Rocklea, Fairfield and Sherwood districts. Two men drowned.
|1931||March||On 6th local flooding between Caloundra and Coolangatta. Low-lying parts of Brisbane inundated. On 14th and 15th heavy local flooding in the southern interior, particularly around the Charleville and Wyandra districts. Some Charleville homes were partly submerged. Rail washaways occurred on the Dirranbandi line. By 20th most south-western rivers were flooded. The Bulloo River was in high flood.|
|1931||April||All streams west from and including the Warrego River in high flood at the beginning of the month. Cooper Creek was more than 10 kilometres wide. Much damage to fences and many sheep drowned. Local flooding in the south east corner of the State on 19th when Southport streets were inundated, and again on 26th.|
|1931||May||Local floods in southern border districts on 13th and 14th. The Bulloo River was flooded on 26th.|
|1931||June||By 2nd the Bulloo River was in high flood and Thargomindah and Quilpie were isolated. Local flooding occurred in southern border districts on 24th.|
|1931||July||Minor flooding in the Severn and Macintyre rivers on 5th.|
|1931||August to October||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1931||November||From 15th to 17th there was local flooding in a few parts of the central and southern interior, especially in the south-west, where road traffic was disorganised and mail services suspended.|
|1931||December||From 1st to 12th
floods were experienced in
coastal districts south from Cooktown, a greater part of the
interior and a few north tropical inland areas. There were serious
in the south-west of the State where transport by rail and road was
completely suspended and food shortage was acute. A man drowned in the
River near Charleville and two lives were lost in a flooded
Toowoomba. Losses of stock and damage to property.
Floodwaters reached the main streets of Adavale, Ayr and Blackall. Serious railway wash outs occurred in several localities. Business premises in Toowoomba flooded as a result of a heavy local storm on 10th. Low-lying suburbs of the metropolitan area were submerged on 9th and there was much damage to roads and bridges.
From 26th to 29th there was flooding in coastal rivers between Port Douglas and Townsville with rail and road communication between Townsville and Innisfail interrupted.
|1932||January||From 16th to 24th serious flooding occurred in the coastal districts north from St Lawrence, particularly between Cairns and Townsville, and Ayr and Mackay. Rail bridge over the Elliot River destroyed. There were two drowning fatalities, a child at Innisfail, and a man at Gordonvale. Houses in low lying parts of Innisfail and Tully submerged.|
|1932||February||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1932||March||Most rivers between Cooktown and Townsville flooded from 1st to 3rd and minor flooding occurred in the same region on 27th. Streams were flooded between Burketown, Camooweal and Mt Isa in the first part of the month with considerable interference to mail services.|
|1932||April||Minor floods in
and Mary rivers. One man drowned at Mundubbera. Low
around Roma submerged on 13th.
The Bulloo River was in high flood on 16th with mail and transport services delayed for several days. The country for kilometres around Thargomindah was under water.
|1932||May||From 16th to 22nd most creeks and several rivers in the western half of the State flooded. There was considerable dislocation of road traffic and mail services and Burke and Wills rivers were the highest for 8 years.|
|1932||June||Cooper Creek and a few other south-western streams flooded in the first week.|
|1932||July to October||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1932||November||Barcoo River in high flood near Blackall on 25th.|
|1932||December||Minor flooding of streams between Cairns and Lucinda.|
|1933||January||From 15th to
31st local flooding in various
parts of the South Coast district and eastern Downs. Between Toowoomba,
Clifton and Pittsworth crops were destroyed, sheep drowned, many fences
washed away and floodwaters entered the main streets of Clifton,
and Oakey. There was much damage to cotton and corn crops in the
district. Rail and road services were disorganised in several
Yandilla Station was isolated.
Laidley Creek reached its highest
level in 40 years.
In the last week of the month portions of the north and west of the State experienced minor floods. The flood in the Bulloo River disorganised traffic between Cunnamulla, Quilpie and Thargomindah and water from the Warrego River entered houses and business premises in Charleville. A stockman drowned in the Laura River. Submerged bridges and line wash outs interrupted rail traffic in the Cloncurry, Mt Isa, Etheridge and Clermont districts.
|1933||February||From 2nd and
14th all coastal streams between
Cooktown and Ayr flooded. Rail services between Cairns and Townsville
for at least a week. Low lying areas of Cairns and Innisfail inundated.
Water entered some houses in Innisfail. Portion of the bridge on the Barron
River was washed away and the NormanbyRiver
was well over the
Cooktown-Laura railway line. On 5th and 6th the Georgina River
all creeks between Camooweal, Cloncurry and Burketown flooded, causing
suspension of plane and mail services.
From 15th to 18th severe flooding occurred over a large portion of the tropical interior and in parts of the south-west. All transport services were disorganised for several days, especially between Hughenden and Cloncurry, and from Hughenden to Winton and Longreach. Walkers Creek, near Hughenden, reached its highest level for 27 years. Bridge between Cloncurry and Mt Isa was washed away. The township of Boulia was isolated, with low lying parts inundated from a flood reported to be the biggest in 30 years. Record flood heights were attained in the Paroo River and Kyabra Creek with severe damage to property in the Quilpie district.
On 16th there was local flooding in the south-west quarter, notably at Mt Coolan and between Maryborough and Bundaberg. On 26th minor flooding occurred in parts of the South Coast, Darling Downs and Central Highlands districts.
|1933||March||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1933||April||On 4th there
were local floods in the Maranoa,
Darling Downs, Moreton and South Coast districts. In the Mitchell
the Maranoa River rose to its highest level since
Rail traffic was delayed between Dalby and Bell. Road traffic was dislocated in various localities, especially the Palmwoods, Nambour and Yandina districts and between Coomera and Southport. A man drowned in the Stanley River. Low lying parts of the metropolitan districts were inundated especially around the Nundah area.
From 17th to 20th rivers between Cooktown and Ingham flooded. Innisfail was isolated and a man drowned in the Mossman River.
|1933||May to June||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1933||July||Between 10th and
12th there was minor flooding
in many localities in coastal districts from Bowen to Gladstone, over a
greater part of the Central division and adjacent portions of the
and Maranoa districts.
At Rockhampton 290mm fell in 24 hours to 0900 on 11th and low lying areas were submerged. Road damage was extensive. Rail traffic between Rockhampton and Gladstone and from the former to Longreach, Clermont, Blackall and the Dawson Valley was interrupted.
Traffic was dislocated in the Charleville district and the Warrego River overflowed into the streets of Augathella. The Barcoo River submerged some bridges. Roads and bridges were inundated in the Mackay district. Stock losses were high in the Roma (10,000 sheep) and Emerald areas.
|1933||August||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1933||September||On 29th and 30th floods in the south-west and also parts of the South Coast and Central Highlands districts. Country in the vicinity of Langlo, Ward and Bulloo rivers most seriously affected. Dynevor Creek homestead surrounded by flood waters. Train services between Clermont and Emerald delayed by flooded lines. In the Burnett River catchment bridges submerged and damaged.|
|1933||October||From 1st to 3rd,
the end of September floods
continued in the south-west districts and the Burnett River
Parts of Charleville and Augathella inundated. All mail routes in these
and the Quilpie, Cunnamulla and Thargomindah districts closed and the
named town isolated. Paroo River was over the
bridge at Eulo.
Between Bundaberg and Gin Gin there was much interruption of road traffic. Minor flooding in the same period in various other localities of the South Coast districts and the Darling Downs.
Bridges in the Warwick district were submerged and the Severn River was well over the bridge at Ashford. Road traffic disorganised in several districts, especially the Wallangarra area and the Blackall Range country. The Macintyre River flooded at Goondiwindi.
On 12th there was minor flooding in a few districts. Two bridges were washed away in the Tiaro district and the Culgoa and Balonne rivers submerged bridges at Dirranbandi.
|1933||November||On 7th and 8th
floods between Cairns and Townsville
with considerable traffic dislocation. From 6th to 13th there were
floods in many sub-tropical districts including Chinchilla, Emerald,
Surat, Charleville and Tambo.
On 19th and 20th the Warrego, Paroo and Bulloo rivers and a few other south western streams again flooded. On 26th a few localities in South Coast districts were flood affected with serious wash outs between Kingaroy and Murgon.
|1933||December||Between 1st and
10th floods occurred in the
south-west and the Warrego, Bulloo
and Paroo rivers
were affected. Parts of Charleville became inundated. On 11th there was
some flooding of creeks in the metropolitan area and a lad drowned in Ekibin
From 25th to 28th minor flooding occurred in coastal districts south from Bundaberg. Road traffic was seriously dislocated especially in the Cooroy-Tewantin and Nambour-Maroochy districts. On 31st, rivers between Cairns and Townsville flooded and rail services were interrupted.
|1934||January||On 1st and 2nd
the end of December floods between
Cairns and Townsville continued and rivers on the western side of the
Tableland were also affected. General rail and road interruptions over
the greater part of the north coast area. A cyclone in this part of the
State caused more serious floods after 22nd. There was almost complete
cessation of rail traffic between Cairns and Cardwell during the last
of the month. Homes were vacated at Ingham, Bemerside, Innisfail and
A man drowned in the Johnstone River near
Innisfail. By 31st the
floods extended to the Townsville and Bowen districts. Rail traffic was
suspended across the Burdekin River bridge and a
new weir on the
Ross River near Townsville was extensively
On 3rd minor flooding caused much damage to crops in the southern part of the South Coast district and on the eastern Downs. Further disorganisation to traffic as a result of flooding in coastal districts south from Maryborough on 30th and 31st.
From 28th to 31st there were local floods over the western half of the State. Rail lines were submerged in the Hughenden-Cloncurry and Longreach-Winton areas, but the Paroo, Bulloo and Warrego rivers had more serious flooding. At Charleville a record flood was experienced and many dwellings and business premises were surrounded by water. Mail services were disorganised and rail lines damaged.
|1934||February||Floods in the
south-west at the end of January
continued over the first few days of the month, especially in the
district. There was flooding in many other areas in the opening week of
the month, namely the Cairns and Ayr districts, plus the
and Longreach-Winton districts. In the Emerald district a lad drowned
the Theresa Creek. There was much disorganisation
of traffic in
all coastal districts south from Rockhampton. The Brisbane
area had low lying suburbs submerged.
On 16th coastal rivers between Cooktown and Cardwell again flooded and rail traffic north from Ayr was greatly disorganised till the end of the month.
Between 20th and 23rd there was local flooding in various parts of the State. Rail traffic was interrupted between Longreach and Winton and between Hughenden and Duchess. The South Coast district was most generally affected, especially between Maryborough and Southport. Transport was in many places impossible and low lying suburbs of Brisbane were again submerged. The Pine River district experienced stock and crop losses and a man drowned near Wowan.
|1934||March||On 12th and 13th a cyclone caused floods between Cooktown and Cardwell and in several parts of the adjacent range country. Rail and road traffic between Tully and Cairns was completely suspended for a couple of days. There was no loss of life as a result of floods although many persons were drowned at sea when several small boats were wrecked during the cyclonic blow.|
|1934||April||From 1st to 4th
several rivers between Cairns
and Townsville flooded. At the same time there was flooding in many
between Brisbane and Gympie. In both areas transport services were
On 12th there was further flooding between Gympie and Brisbane particularly near Caboolture. At that town the main road was more than one metre under water and some houses had water entry. Minor flooding occurred in other localities with the streets in Quilpie inundated, rail lines submerged by the Tully River, and train traffic between Cairns and Townsville interrupted.
Rail traffic was once more dislocated from 22nd to 27th owing to lines being submerged by the Babinda, Mulgrave and Tully rivers.
|1934||May||On 8th and 9th flooding occurred between Southport and Tweed Heads with much damage done to roads. From 13th and 25th there was local flooding between Cooktown and Townsville.|
|1934||June||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1934||July||On 28th and 29th there was minor local flooding in the extreme south-eastern corner of the State.|
|1934||August to October||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1934||November||On 13th and between 20th and 28th there was local flooding, mostly minor, in many sub-tropical districts together with losses of crops and stock in various parts. A man drowned at Warren and another at Hawkwood.|
|1934||December||Some flooding of creeks and inundation of low-lying parts in the Brisbane metropolitan area on 21st. From the 22nd to 31st there was flooding in many localities, particularly in the Condamine, Macintyre and Balonne rivers.|
|1935||January||Between 19th and 21st all rivers between Burketown and Camooweal were in high flood and transport was seriously interrupted. Over 300mm of rain fell at Burketown in 24 hours. Otherwise only local flooding, chiefly in Goondiwindi, Inglewood, Dalby, Taroom, Toogoolawah and Cairns-Mossman districts. Bridges were washed away in the Dawson Valley and rail lines submerged in the Inglewood area. Dalby streets were inundated and a boy drowned near Goondiwindi.|
|1935||February||Rivers between Cooktown and Ingham were in flood on 27th and 28th and rail services were disrupted north from Tully.|
|1935||March||The end of February flooding on the north coast became more extensive and serious from 1st to 6th. Floods were severe in Innisfail and Tully districts. Most parts of Innisfail were submerged and many homes evacuated. Babinda and Mosman were also isolated. Rail traffic was completely dislocated.|
|1935||April||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1935||May||Minor flooding in the Tully district on 25th.|
|1935||June||Local flooding in north-west and central-west on 28th to 30th.|
|1935||July||Local floods in the central highlands and central coast districts, and the Port Curtis area on 8th and 9th.|
|1935||August||Cooper Creek flooded at the beginning of the month.|
|1935||September||Some local flooding of streams in the Bulloo, Paroo and Warrego river catchment areas on 9th and 10th.|
|1935||October||Low lying parts of Brisbane suburbs flooded on 17th, especially in the Wynnum district where road damage was extensive.|
|1935||November to December||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1936||January||In the period
6th to 15th many western rivers
flooded, especially in the north-west and south-west. Flooding was
in the Cloncurry-Mt Isa districts. The Cloncurry River
highest known level and the Leichhardt River was
the highest for
20 years. There were big floods in the Burke River
at Boulia where
homes were partly submerged and stock losses reported. The
was over the bridge at Blackall.
Rail lines were submerged in several districts and traffic seriously disorganised. Local flooding occurred in a few eastern districts. Rail wash outs occurred between Bowen and Proserpine. A man drowned near Charters Towers and another in the Bell district.
|1936||February||From 14th and
20th there was extensive flooding
in coastal areas between Cooktown and Mackay. Some serious inundations
occurred especially in the Innisfail district where considerable damage
was reported to crops and roads, and a lad drowned. There were two
drowned at Townsville and transport services were disorganised. In the
same period there was local flooding in parts of the north-west and
and wash-outs on the Hughenden-Winton line.
On 29th the Burke and Wills rivers and other far central-west streams were in flood.
|1936||March||In the periods
2nd to 5th and 12th to 26th there
was general flooding over the western half of the State. High to record
levels were reached by several Gulf rivers, the Barcoo,
Warrego and Bulloo rivers
Severe flooding occurred in the Longreach, Barcaldine, Blackall, Normanton, Burketown, Cunnamulla, Quilpie and Thargomindah districts. Water was in the main streets of Barcaldine and Longreach, the latter experiencing 200mm of rain in 24 hours. Many settlers in the Barcoo district were forced to leave their homes.
Burketown was completely isolated from 2nd to 14th. The Croydon-Normanton rail line was extensively inundated for some 85 kilometres with depths up to 5 metres. In the Longreach district a 1000 metres rail line wash out occurred.
Cooper Creek was 100 kilometres wide around Windorah and there were three drowning fatalities, one each at Quilpie, Charters Towers and Ewan.
From 4th to 22nd there was some heavy flooding between Cardwell and Mackay. The Burdekin River at Ayr and the Herbert River at Ingham several times submerged bridges. Some creeks in the Mackay district reached the highest level on record and low lying areas of Mackay were submerged and homes partly inundated. Portion of the Pioneer River bridge was washed away. The Ross River was in high flood, country near Townsville was inundated and Sarina was isolated.
Between 21st and 23rd there was some isolated local flooding chiefly near Roma and Dirranbandi, and in the Mary River district.
|1936||April to November||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1936||December||The Leichhardt River was in flood near Mt Isa on 11th and there was some local flooding in the Bulloo River district about 21st.|
|1937||January||Flooding in the Einasleigh and Gilbert rivers on 5th. Floods in the Stanthorpe, Texas and Goondiwindi districts on 13th. Texas was isolated. Some flooding and rail damage between Mackay and Townsville and in the Sarina district.|
|1937||February||On 10th there was some flooding in the Thomson River district. The Wellshot Creek was the highest for 13 years. On 12th there was flooding in the Rockhampton-Mt. Larcom-Mt. Morgan districts and between Emerald and Clermont. Local floods also occurred in isolated parts, chiefly Dirranbandi, Taroom and Collinsville districts (girl drowned in the latter). On 15th flooding was mainly in the Warrego River district (Augathella isolated), with local flooding between Emerald and Clermont, as well as near Cracow.|
|1937||March||On 10th local
flooding between Brisbane and
Coolangatta. Some flooding in the Ingham district with the
over bridges. On 14th a man drowned in a flooded creek near Mackay, and
another in the Proserpine River.
From 15th to 20th widespread flooding occurred over the southern parts of the State, particularly in all streams west from and including the Warrego River. There were serious inundations in many localities, heavy losses of sheep in the Goondiwindi district and destruction of crops in several areas. The hotel and shop at Apple Tree Creek in the Childers district was washed away.
Low-lying parts of Brisbane, Ipswich, Maryborough, Gympie and Warwick were inundated. Gympie and Warwick were isolated and the Maryborough flood was the most severe for several years. Water was over one metre deep in the main streets of Thallon, and Dirranbandi was isolated. Floods in parts of the Boonah district were the highest for 35 years, at Brooweena the highest since 1893 and at Harrisville the highest since 1911.
In the same period some isolated local flooding occurred in central and northern districts. The Burdekin rail bridge was submerged and line wash outs resulted between Julia Creek-Cloncurry and Winton-Longreach.
|1937||April to May||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1937||June||Minor flooding in parts of the Georgina and Leichhardt river districts on 15th.|
|1937||July to October||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1937||November||On 4th there were a few heavy floods in the Downs and South Coast area, especially the Pine River district. Some local flooding in the Nobby district. On 10th there was further local flooding in the South Coast area. Traffic was disorganised between Beenleigh and Southport. Rail line washaway occurred between Mt. Morgan and Theodore.|
|1937||December||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1938||January||From 19th to
21st there was local flooding in
the Moreton section of the South Coast district, chiefly in the Stanley,
Nerang and Mary river
valleys. Low lying parts of Brisbane
suburbs were inundated.
Between 25th and 28th minor flooding occurred in the Warrego, Augathella, Ward and Barcoo rivers. Localities were also isolated in the tropical portion of the State, mainly in the Etheridge area and between Townsville and Cairns. Wash outs occurred on the Cloncurry to Selwyn, Croydon to Normanton and Blackall to Jericho lines.
On 31st there was isolated local flooding in the Downs and South Coast districts. Railway lines were submerged in the Cecil Plains area and low lying Brisbane suburbs were flooded.
|1938||February||From 1st to 3rd
local flooding in the South
Coast and Downs districts, especially in the Boonah area, and in the
Nerang and Springbrook country. On 5th there was some flooding in the Leichhardt
and Barcoo rivers. Low lying parts of Barcaldine
From 15th and 23rd flooding occurred between Ayr and Cooktown, and in several northern and central interior districts. There were serious wash outs between Richmond and Mt. Isa and on the Hughenden and Winton lines. Bridges were washed away in the Alma-Den district. The Cloncurry rail bridge submerged for the first time in many years. A man drowned near Ingham and another near Longreach.
|1938||March||On 30th and 31st local flooding in several districts on the coast south from Townsville. Some traffic dislocation.|
|1938||April||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1938||May||During the period 23rd to 27th there was widespread flooding in south-eastern districts, especially in coastal areas south from Maryborough. There were record inundations for this time of the year in the Landsborough district. Extensive damage was experienced to roads, bridges and crops. Kilcoy was isolated for a few days and low lying parts of Southport and Brisbane were submerged. Near Palmwoods a father and son drowned. There was local flooding westward to the Roma and Goondiwindi districts.|
|1938||June||On 24th local flooding in the south-eastern corner of the State. Low lying parts of Coolangatta submerged when some 250mm of rain fell in 24 hours.|
|1938||July to October||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1938||November||On 7th minor local flooding in parts of the Central Highlands, Downs and South Coast districts.|
|1938||December||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1939||January||Some local flooding over the sub-tropical zone, chiefly the eastern parts from 26th to 29th. There were stock losses and some townships were isolated in the Dawson Valley district. Roads were damaged between Quilpie and Windorah.|
isolated local flooding at the beginning
of the month in the south-eastern quarter. Railway lines were submerged
in the Theodore and Thallon districts.
From 8th to 14th flooding occurred between Cooktown and Mackay, especially in the area Cairns to Townsville. Cairns and Mossman were isolated. Low lying parts of Innisfail were submerged. A man drowned in Cairns and another in South Johnstone.
Minor local flooding occurred in the north-west and south-west on 17th. The Flinders River was over the railway near Nonda. On 20th there was heavy local flooding in the Warra district. Between 20th and 23rd there was serious flooding in the north-west, especially in the Cloncurry and Leichhardt rivers. Mt. Isa was isolated for several days and Devoncourt Station recorded the highest flood on record.
On 28th the Paroo and Bulloo rivers were in flood and local flooding occurred between Longreach and Jundah.
|1939||March||From 11th to
17th there was much local flooding
in the South Coast, Downs and Maranoa districts and adjacent parts of
Central and South-west districts.
Floods were more general and serious in coastal streams between Bundaberg and Coolangatta. A man drowned near Nerang. There was extensive flooding of low lying suburbs of Brisbane and lower parts of Gympie and Maryborough were submerged. Some streets were inundated in Southport where over 210mm of rain fell in 24 hours.
Districts most affected on the Downs and surrounding districts were Dalby, Tara, Chinchilla, Greenmount, Yandilla, Nobby, Millmerran, Goondiwindi, Thallon, Dirranbandi, Surat, Tambo, Blackall and Beta-Jericho. In the same period local flooding occurred in the Mackay district.
From 20th to 27th fairly general and heavy flooding was experienced in the coastal area between Cooktown and Ingham and on the Atherton Tableland. Mossman, Ingham, Innisfail and a few other townships were isolated. The Endeavour and Annan rivers (Cooktown district) were the highest for 50 years, and floods in the Mulgrave River the worst on record. The Barron River was in high flood and a man drowned at Innisfail. Complete dislocation of traffic between Ingham and Cooktown, and between Cairns and Herberton.
Some local flooding in the north-west in the last few days, chiefly in the Cloncurry River district.
|1939||April||Local flooding in the Esk district and between Cairns and Cardwell about the middle of the month. On 27th and 28th floods in the northern half of Cape York Peninsula caused extensive damage. All mines at Batavia were flooded.|
|1939||May to June||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1939||July||On 5th some flooding in the Stanley River and the adjacent reaches of the Brisbane River.|
|1939||August||On 2nd and 3rd there was some flooding in South Coast districts and Kingaroy had water in the main street.|
|1939||September to October||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1939||November||Temporary local flooding in several districts. Railway wash outs chiefly between Longreach and Winton.|
|1939||December||Isolated local floods, chiefly in the Downs and Maranoa districts|
Updated November 2010.