QUEENSLAND FLOOD SUMMARY 1940 - 1949
|1940||January||There were flood rains early in the month on the coast between Cardwell and Cooktown and the fringe of the southern Gulf. This was due to monsoonal control and a minor cyclonic disturbance to the north-west of Willis Island. Persistent monsoonal rain influences occurred in the Northern Territory and far-north Queensland.|
heavier floods have been recorded
it would be hard to find a period in which floods were so widespread
the State. In the south coastal and Downs divisions the floods were
of the local or sharp storm type. But elsewhere throughout the State at
one time or another practically every stream and river system carried
at either high level or flood stage , particularly in the tropical and
central interior and on the tropical coast.
Flooding in streams from north of Townsville to Rockhampton was mainly due to the cyclone. At Sellheim the Burdekin River peaked on 19th (third highest on record ). In the tropical interior , under combined monsoonal plus cyclonic rains, extensive areas were inundated. Rail and other land traffic was held up for a few days at a time. Towns were isolated and Muttaburra had been without any communications for a fortnight at the end of the month.
further heavy to flood rains in the
northern interior and eastern sections of the State. Flooding was being
reported fairly generally in all streams in those divisions. Flooding ,
previously mentioned, caused general inconvenience and damage, with
Apart from the far north, the Fitzroy River system was most affected. Peaks were at Riverslea on 23rd, ( second highest on record ), at Yaamba on 26th , and at Rockhampton on 27th. Saltbush Park, on the headwaters of the Connors River and Funnel Creek, reported waters 8 kilometres wide and levels above the February flood height.
In addition to Gulf and far north coast streams, others reporting floods included Burdekin , Fitzroy , Mackenzie , Dawson , Burnett , Mary , Brisbane , Condamine and Warrego rivers. Apart from cyclonic activity, periods of strong south-easterly weather prevailed along most of the coast and over waters eastward.
rains, under cyclonic conditions,
occurred on the central coast districts between Townsville and St
and west to Mt McConnell. Disastrous floods resulted in these
especially in the Home Hill - Ayr areas of the
Burdekin River. (
Approximate damage one million pounds ). Some lives were
Peak heights recorded were at Mt McConnell on the Sellheim River on 8th and at Ayr on the Burdekin River on 8th. Saltbush Park on Funnel Creek peaked on 9th, as did Connors River. Flood waters were higher than those in March, which were the highest in 22 years.
|No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1941||January||In central and
southern interior districts of
the State there was much flooding in low lying areas along streams and
creek branches. Consequently traffic delays occurred and in one or two
places loss of life. Systems reporting flood heights included the Balonne,
Warrego, Paroo , Barcoo
and Mackenzie rivers.
On the far north tropical coast, (Bowen to Cairns), flooding in the
streams and lower Burdekin River caused traffic
Rivers at high to flood levels were the Balonne, Culgoa, Warrego, Paroo and Barcoo throughout the month excepting the first few days, and the Mackenzie , Fitzroy and Burdekin rivers during the second, third and fourth weeks. Tributaries of the Brisbane River (Bremer River and Lockyer Creek) , rose on 24th.
Considerable local flooding was as follows :-
6-1-41. Alpha Creek highest since 1930. Two lives lost. Cunnamulla isolated for a time by road. Telegraphic and telephonic communications interrupted by Warrego River. Shortage of food at some western homesteads due to isolation. Homes threatened. Mails ferried or dropped from planes.
7-1-41. In Charleville parts of the town were submerged and creeks in the district were running bankers and not able to be crossed. Jericho had water just under one metre deep in the main street with the highest level since 1911.
9-1-41. Isisford was isolated and short of commodities such as vegetables and butter. Cunnamulla had side streets inundated. Stock losses were experienced. At Avonleigh the Barcoo River was the highest since 1910. All road traffic in the Hebel, Bollon, St George and Goodooga areas suspended. Clarke River in the Charters Towers area in flood. Thomson River at Longreach in flood. At Kalbar a three kilometre wide spread of water, (highest in 20 years), was reported.
11-1-41. Thargomindah mail held up for over a week. The Surat-Roma road traffic was blocked. At Eulo the Paroo River was the highest since 1910. Bollon was isolated.
13-1-41. In Thargomindah parts of the town were flooded and the Bulloo River almost reached 1930 levels. The Burdekin River was over the Inkerman Bridge. The Quilpie / Charleville line was blocked between Westgate and Calladi. In the north of the State the Einasleigh River was over the railway bridge. At Muttaburra the Landsborough River was almost 2 metres over the traffic bridge.
14-1-41. Longreach / Winton line was submerged in parts.
20-1-41. North coast rivers and creeks were in flood. First Winton mail train since 11th. The Townsville / Ingham line experienced washaways. The Flying boat (Captain Koch) reported one wide sheet of water from Karumba to Townsville. The railway was under water between Bowen and Proserpine with traffic suspended. Roads now negotiable except parts north and west of Rockhampton and around St George and Surat. At Thargomindah the Bulloo River was at the highest level since 1906 and planes were commissioned to carry fodder to marooned sheep.
23-1-41. The Ross River was flooding in Townsville.
24-1-41. Serious flooding and washaways to the north of Mackay caused the diversion to the western route of the Brisbane / Townsville train. The Charleville / Quilpie line was submerged in three places by the Paroo and Bulloo rivers. Road traffic was blocked west from Roma, and north and west from Rockhampton. During the last few days four lives were lost due to the flooding in the State.
|1941||February||Flooding confined to the far north coast streams during the periods 1st to 4th and 13th to 14th.|
|1941||March||Flooding was mainly of the low lying type in central and tropical interior districts. Some tropical coast streams, mainly from Townsville north, reached levels delaying traffic. In the southern interior the Balonne, Condamine, Paroo and Warrego rivers reported rises on the 14th , 15th ,and 21st , as did the Severn and Macintyre rivers on the latter date. The town of Surat was isolated on 21st.|
|1941||April||Flooding early in the month on the north coast. Streams affected were the Burdekin , Tully , Murray , Johnstone , Mulgrave , Russell , Normanby and Nebo. Tully Mill reported highest flood on record. Some damage to cane crops, and rail traffic disorganised till 6th.|
|1941||May||Local flooding in parts of the central coast and south coast at the end of the month, with the Mary River the main stream affected.|
|1941||June||Mary River in flood on 1st due to rains at the end of May.|
|1941 to 1942||July to January||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
flooding in the Gilbert and
Norman rivers around 18th following heavy
local rains in the southern
Peninsula of around 175mm in 48 hours. In the central Highlands,
and Downs heavy falls occurred between 8th and 11th. On the eastern
on 10th there were many 100 to 125mm falls and Warra had 175mm to 3 am.
Local flooding caused heavy damage.
Pacific slope coastal divisions experienced almost daily rains, especially in the tropical sections with heavy falls between 4th and 6th. Similar heavy falls from the 7th to 10th occurred in the South Coastal divisions and north to Mackay and in the Port Curtis region on 11th. Unsettled weather was maintained till 16th, with heaviest rain areas mainly to the central coast section.
As a result of these rains heavy flooding was experienced in streams south from Proserpine and at the end of the period much water was running down to the lower reaches of the Fitzroy system. Extensive damage and loss of life accompanied the flood rains in the Dawson and Callide rivers. Down the Burnett River heights approximating previous records in 1890 and 1893 were reached with disastrous effects at Bundaberg.
Main river basins affected were as follows. Coastal streams between Proserpine and Mackay and the Pioneer River. Fitzroy and Isaacs rivers (Yaamba peaked on 16th). In the Dawson Valley and Callide head waters the towns of Rannes and Wowan were evacuated with much loss.
Disastrous floods occurred in the Burnett River with loss of life. The following towns suffered extreme flooding. Bundaberg (3rd highest), Gayndah (3 metres higher than 1893 record), Wallaville (probably equal to or higher than 1890 and 1893).
Moderate flooding was experienced in the Mary River. In the Brisbane River moderate flooding occurred in the higher and middle reaches. There were local stock losses and damage in the Condamine, Macintyre, Balonne and Downs streams. Warra town was evacuated and Chinchilla experienced the highest flood on record. Some station reports were the highest since records began. Surat peaked on 17th and St George on 23rd (just below 1931 height).
|1942||March to November||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
abnormal and almost daily rains of
monsoonal influence, especially in the earlier and latter parts of the
month. Soaking and local heavy falls ultimately aggregated record or
record totals for the month at many stations and in most divisions.
the point of view of general distribution throughout the State it was
the wettest December on record. Individual monthly totals of 250 to
were common in coastal, Peninsula and Carpentaria divisions , and in
and south-east areas amounts ranged from 150 to 250mm.
With the severe rains there was much water-logged ground and flooding of low lying areas in all divisions. In the early part of the month the Paroo and Bulloo rivers and Cooper Creek flooded extensively with traffic dislocation and isolation of towns. Heavy to record flood occurred at Eulo on 10th. Towards the end of the month rail traffic was delayed on account of central coast and Burdekin streams. Carpentaria , central Highlands and the Maranoa , Downs and south coast systems were carrying steady to moderate river flows.
some traffic delay along the far
north coast fringe early in the month and between Mackay and
at the end of the month. Flooding was however mostly local and
The Fitzroy River peaked at Riverslea on 8th and
Yaamba on 11th.
Inland rivers and tributaries namely the Flinders, Warrego, Condamine and Macintyre ,were also reporting a considerable run-off early in the month from December rain. Heights gradually decreased with drier conditions during the month.
|1943||February||Floods about the local heavy rain sections, along the fringe of the Gulf and eastern Carpentaria (mainly Georgetown district) and along the coastal fringe from Cooktown to Bundaberg. Some periods of traffic dislocation particularly around Rockhampton / Duaringa / Mackay on 18th.|
|1943||March to November||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1943||December||At 0900 on the
30th a small cyclonic centre
was indicated a little to the north of Cape Moreton. The formation of
depression was responsible for flood rains from 28th to 30th. The rain
spell lasted approximately 36 hours, but fortunately eased by Monday
when the centre, filling in, was located 250 kilometres to the
Much flooding of low lying areas in South Moreton districts with rapid rises in creeks and main streams on 29th and 30th, but no excessive heights were reached on the Brisbane River. Local reports for 30th included Stanley River at Villeneuve - over railway bridge, Caboolture River at Caboolture Post Office - traffic bridge submerged, Pine River at Dayboro - main street under water.
In the Condamine and Balonne systems there was local low lying flooding and streams were carrying good flow with freshes from additional rains.
|1944||January||Flooding of low lying areas and freshes in main streams were experienced on the last weekend of the month in the eastern Downs and Moreton districts. The 48 hour totals included many 75 to 150mm and a few 250mm falls.|
in the tropical interior ,
central and south west streams , many running at considerable heights
causing traffic dislocations. The Flinders River
flood waters from its northern highland head waters in the Gulf and a
run-off through the far south west came from excess rains in the
and central west districts.
Local flooding occurred in the far north coast and Peninsula and much traffic delay on the Lower Burdekin catchment was occasioned by heavy floods from both its extensive northern and southern head water tributaries. The northern arm of the Fitzroy River also carried flood waters from heavy local falls on the highlands west of Mackay.
Inland monsoonal activity particularly during the first , second and third weeks caused many heavy to flood rains especially along an extensive belt of country from Urandangie , Pentland and Torrens Creek and south through Ayrshire Downs to Windorah.
|1944||March||Local flooding on the far north coast and parts of the central coast. There were considerable traffic delays. The Burdekin River main stream was affected and parts of the northern tributaries of the Fitzroy system.|
|1944 to 1945||April to January||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1945||February||Local flooding and general stream rises were reported on the Downs.|
heavy local to stream flooding
caused widespread damage especially in the first two weeks in coastal
between Mackay and Cooktown and across the highlands to the eastern
Traffic delays were many.
On 8th the Burdekin rail bridge suffered heavy damage. A goods train was washed away and two lives were lost. The Burdekin River at Sellheim peaked on 7th and 13th. On 14th the railway bridge was some 4 metres under water with the river still rising. On the Suttor River , Mt McConnel peaked on 15th and further north coast flood rains fell from 17th to 19th.
Early in the month at Mt Surprise, spans of the Elizabeth Creek bridge washed away and on 12th at Einasleigh the Copperfield River was over the rail bridge. The Balonne River on the Darling Downs was also carrying considerable run-off from February rains.
|1945||April to May||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1945||June||Heavy to local flood falls were recorded in the southern border of the south Moreton district and south east corner of the Downs, but conditions improved by Tuesday as the cyclone moved south to south-east. Heavy coastal weather was experienced south from Sandy Cape during this period. On the northern New South Wales coast four small ships were beached and the Northern rivers districts experienced one of their most disastrous floods with heavy damage and loss of life.|
|1945||July to December||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1946||January||On 23rd rain
stations west and south of Brisbane
reported 75 to 125mm and up to 165mm (Kalbar and Laidley). These falls
caused local flooding , mainly in
Lockyer Creek , but main streams
in the Moreton and Port Curtis districts were not affected. However
flooding of low lying areas occurred in practically every other river
in the State. Transport difficulties and train service dislocations
experienced on the far north and inland lines.
Central and tropical coast streams from adjacent highland catchment areas and Carpentaria systems, especially the Flinders River, were affected by the heavy falls in the eastern headwaters. In the central and south west areas river beds carried valuable run-off kilometres wide from the heavy upper west and central interior falls. In the third week Downs and Maranoa catchments and river basins received heavy to local flood rains.
Highest river heights recorded were :-
Flinders River at Richmond on 24th , Hughenden on 22nd.
Barcoo River at Isisford on 23rd.
Paroo River at Eulo on 23rd/24th.
Warrego River at Charleville 0n 22nd, Wyandra on 25th , Cunnamulla on 28th.
Dawson River at Taroom on 25th, Baralaba on 3st, Boolburra on stt Feb.
Mackenzie River at Comet on 24th.
Fitzroy River at Riverslea on 28th , Yaamba on 29th.
Funnel Creek at Saltbush Park on 15th.
Isaacs River at Clive on 24tth
Lockyer Creek at Gatton on 24th.
Warrill Creek at Harrisville on 25th.
Bremer River at Rosewood on 23rd.
Burdekin River at Home Hill on 24th, (over Inkerman Bridge), Sellheim on 22nd.
Suttor River at Lornesleigh on 25th.
Dogwood Creek at Miles on 24th.
Condamine River at Tummaville on 24th , Warwick on 24th.
Kings Creek at Clifton on 23rd.
Condamine River at Condamine on 2nd Feb. , Pratten on 25th.
Balonne at Surat and St George still rising at the end of the month.
Macintyre River at Inglewood on 25th , Goondiwindi on 27th.
Dumaresque River at Riverton on 23rd , Texas on 23rd.
River and southern border
streams were still carrying run-off from late January rains and local
was caused in the lower reaches early in the month from 2nd to 11th.
Balonne River peaked at Surat on 6th. Heights
above local flood
level were reported from Dirranbandi and Condamine.
Two periods, 10th to 16th and 22nd to 24th, saw minor flooding on the northern Burdekin catchment , and this later extended to the lower Burdekin. Peaks occurred at Sellheim on 11th and 20th and at Inkerman Bridge on 12th and 22nd.
During the two periods mentioned above flooding also occurred on the upper headwaters of the Gilbert River and other Carpentaria streams. The Eainsleigh River at Eainsleigh was over the rails on three occasions, 12th, 16th and 21st.
There was also considerable local flooding in central coast low-lying areas and shorter river basins.
influences extensive heavy to
record flooding occurred during the first part of the month in all
coast streams between Cooktown and Rockhampton back to the adjacent
and eastern Carpentaria. Widespread damage , soil erosion and
traffic disabilities were reported. There was some loss of life and the
town of Home Hill was out of communication for a couple of days.
The Burdekin River flooded from all catchment areas with record heights. These were Inkerman Bridge (4th), Sellheim (4th), Lornesleigh (7th), Einasleigh (4th). Townsville and Mackay also suffered considerable damage.
The Moreton district flooding , also from cyclonic influences, was more of the local type form, as rains eased in time to prevent heavy general stream rises which did occurred in the northern rivers of New South Wales.
accompanying the offshore cyclonic
depression from 2nd to 5th caused moderate rises in the
Stanley rivers where local flooding occurred.
At Murrumba , where
the Brisbane River rose over the traffic bridge on
6th , conditions
were indicative of the temporary traffic dislocation which occurred in
these areas. Some heavy falls to 0900 4th included Springbrook 320mm,
Knob 220mm and Cooroy200mm.
Run-off from moderate rains in the Darling Downs and Maranoa divisions resulted in light freshes in all streams in these areas, with the Balonne River rising above report height at Surat and St. George.
|1946||May to December||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1947||January||Heavy to flood
rain resulted from a cyclone
which crossed the Queensland coast approximately 65 kilometres north of
Brisbane and recurved over the south-east corner of the State during
and 26th. Damage resulted from flooding and high winds. For the 4 days
ended 0900 26th Springbrook recorded 1392mm, with 695mm for 24 hours to
0900 25th , the highest since 1931. In the same 4 days Mt Tamborine
995mm and Nerang 695mm. There were many totals over 250mm. The eastern
Downs had general 25 to 75mm falls. Port Curtis district had 75mm
about Bundaberg, but variable registrations elsewhere, and falls on the
western Downs were only light.
Flooding was particularly heavy in the Logan and Albert river basins, the highest since 1887 and 1893. At Slacks Creek, floodwaters reached telephone wires. On 25th the Logan River peaked at Dulbolla and Beaudesert and the Albert River peaked at Bromfleet and Lumeah
The following peaks were reported from the lower tributaries of the Brisbane River. Warrill Creek at Harrisville on 25th, highest since 1893, and Bremer River at Ipswich on 26th , highest since 1931. There were moderate rises in the Condamine and Macintyre rivers.
Rail, road, air and shipping traffic was disrupted by the cyclone. Two lives were lost in the floods. Serious soil erosion occurred and flood damage to roads, bridges, farm property, fencing and crops was extensive and costly.
commencement of unsettled weather at
the beginning of the month, good rains were distributed over most of
and conditions finally reached heavy flood totals in all coastal
from the north coast Herbert district down to southern the border by
middle of the month. At the end of the month another flood rain
was operating over the Port Curtis and Moreton districts.
The Burdekin River system showed rises in the first few days of the month and with peak periods about 6th and 12th, maintained an appreciable run-off until after 22nd.Floodwaters were over Inkerman Bridge from 5th to 18th with the highest report on 12th. This was higher than 1944 and 1945, but below the 1946 record.
The Fitzroy River system showed rises on the northern headwaters on 5th and extending generally over the basin. Peak heights on the Dawson River were reported at Baralaba and Boolburra on 16th , and in the main Fitzroy River at Riverslea on 17th and Rockhampton on 19th. Run-off was still maintained in the last week of the month. The above levels were the highest for the Fitzroy since 1943.
The Burnett and Mary rivers the upper reaches of the Brisbane River were at reporting levels from 13th to 16th. Such rises in the Burnett River had not occurred since 1942 and the river reached moderate flood heights at Gayndah and Bundaberg. The Mary River peaked at Miva on 13th, Tiaro on 13th , Gympie on 14th and Maryborough on 14th. Except for Gympie these were the highest since 1937. Local flooding in the Brisbane River system was accompanied by moderate rises reported from Woodford, Murrumba, Gatton and Rosewood. A second heavy flood rain spell commenced in the south coastal districts on 28th continuing till 2nd and 3rd of March .
Carpentaria streams, mainly the FlindersRiver , were moderately high from 6th to 12th. The Condamine River system was above normal levels for practically the whole month. The peak height at Roma on Bungil Creek equalled the highest on record. Similarly south-western streams, which rose after the 8th to peaks about 15th to 19th, maintained a slow run-off with local rises passing downstream at intervals from further rain towards the end of the month.
Apart from the general main stream rises there was much local flooding of low- lying areas, especially in coastal districts. Some loss of life was reported and much damage to property, roads, rail beds and bridges was caused in many districts as well as the usual soil erosion from waterlogged country.
|1947||March||On 1st there
were flood rises in all streams
from the Fitzroy River to southern border
districts, both coastal
and inland. Run-off was maintained along the Mary
rivers until 3rd, with rises continuing to pass down the
and Macintyre rivers. On 6th and 7th the Fitzroy
and other streams
in south-east districts were again swollen until conditions eased by
At the end of the month there was a heavy rain run-off along the Macintyre and Condamine rivers, and streams in the south Moreton district. Moderate freshes occurred in the Fitzroy and Burdekin rivers and floodwaters were temporarily over the Inkerman Bridge on 31st.
Fitzroy and Burnett
river systems carried considerable run-off water for the first week of
the month. But levels continued to fall steadily and the Inkerman
over the Burdekin River was clear for traffic on and after 1st.
Flood rains over the South Coast Moreton district on 1st caused sharp stream rises in the Mary and Logan rivers, but without heavy rains following, these streams had fallen below danger level by 3rd.
The Condamine, Balonne and Macintyre rivers continued to carry considerable run-off water until the 8th, rainfall on the head waters of these streams late in March and on 1st of the month taking some time to pass down these streams.
|1947||May to August||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1947||September||For several days unseasonal stream heights were reported from Currareva on Cooper Creek.|
|1947||October||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1947||November||There were stream rises on the Downs and south coast. Apart from local district flooding in low lying areas, by the end of the month heavy aggregate rains had steadily increased general stream flows, and by 2nd December some moderate flood heights were reported from the Condamine and Macintyre basin. At Murrumba on the Brisbane River the flood height was over the bridge on 3rd December.|
|1947||December||With the persistent rains in the south eastern quarter during the first half of the month, all streams commenced to carry a considerable run-off and flooding of low lying areas was fairly extensive. Main streams affected or reaching flood height reporting stage included Balonne, Condamine, Macintyre, Brisbane, Dawson and parts of the upper Mackenzie rivers.|
|1948||January||A heavy rain depression (ex-cyclone centre near Thursday Island on 6th) brought much flooding in the adjacent coastal area Cooktown to Cardwell during the weekend 10th to 12th. Flooding occurred in the Barron and Herbert catchments. Heavy rain totals were reported from parts of the Peninsula, Gulf Country and east Carpentaria during the cyclonic rain depression operating between 10th and 14th.|
|1948||February||Floods were mostly of the local type with traffic disabilities in low lying areas in the south-west quarter and central coast districts. Some heavy to local flood rains around Mackay and adjacent areas.|
|1948||March||During the first
week of the month heavy flood
falls on the north coast Herbert and adjacent parts
of the north
coast Barron caused suspension of road and rail
occurred particularly in the Cardwell, Tully and Innisfail areas. Some
24 hour rain totals were up to 250mm. Lighter amounts over the Burdekin
water shed resulted in a peak at Home Hill (Gibsons Farm) on
As a result of rains at the end of February streams in the south west of the State, namely the Cooper Creek and Paroo River, maintained considerable run-off until the middle of the month. In the latter part of the month the cyclone operating off the Queensland coast resulted in flood falls over the South Coast Moreton district between 22nd and 25th. Heaviest falls were Springbrook 135mm on 22nd and Mapleton 130mm on 23rd. All streams from the Mary River to the southern border were affected, with the Mary peaking at Gympie on 26th.
|1948||April||Local flood and stream rise conditions commenced in the south coast on 30th, particularly in the Mary River where some heavy 24 hour totals in the catchment area reached 360mm. By 3rd May most coastal districts from the border north to Mackay had experienced traffic difficulties.|
|1948||May||Heavy to flood
rains which commenced at the
end of April in the south-east corner of the State continued during the
first three days of May. Some very heavy local daily rain totals
250mm at Theebine and 360mm at Miva (30th April). On 1st
125 to 150mm totals were recorded in coastal districts from the
border to the Rockhampton area. Heavier amounts included totals between
185-195mm at Goodwood, Rosedale and Lowmead, and 310mm at Bustard
In the Port Curtis and Moreton districts the Mary River carried the highest flood waters owing to the phenomenal local rains over its headwaters, but there was a considerable amount of flooding in low lying areas with traffic disabilities in these two divisions.
|1948||June||As a result of
the rain spell from the 14th
to 16th, many places in the south coast Moreton and eastern Darling
districts received heavy to local flood fall amounts (period aggregate
for Springbrook was 415mm). Low level flooding occurred in the coastal
area south from Brisbane to the border and along the catchments of the
Mary, Pine, Brisbane,
and Nerang rivers. This resulted in considerable
damage to crops,
roads, communication systems, premises and in suspension of road and
Some wheat planting was affected on the Darling Downs and in a few cases there was a total loss. In the Downs area local flooding was also reported along the Condamine River basin. Millmerran was isolated until after 18th due to floodwater being over the road and rail bridges. Traffic approaches to Dalby were also cut off with the Condamine River over Loudoun Bridge on 19th and Ranges Bridges on 21st. The lower reaches of the Condamine were still carrying considerable run-off and rising slowly at the end of the month. Flooding was heaviest in the south coast border areas adjacent to the northern river districts of New South Wales.
|1948 to 1949||July to January||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
second week of the month the small
but active cyclone caused flooding in the south Peninsula across to the
Normanton areas. There were 250 to 375mm totals between 10th and 13th
the far north coast from Cooktown to Cardwell and Tully areas, which
responsible for the suspension of rail, road and air traffic.
Between 12th and 16th rains in south-east districts caused local flooding in the Burnett, Kolan and Mary rivers and smaller streams from Maryborough to Gladstone. Moderate rises occurred in the tributaries of the Fitzroy River.
Resulting from rain with local heavy 75 to 125mm totals during the third week of the month, rises and local flooding were reported in the Cooper Creek, Flinders , Paroo , Warrego , Balonne , Bulloo , Fitzroy and Burdekin rivers. The Inkerman Bridge was under water on 24th.
|1949||March||At one time or
other flooding of streams and
low lying area traffic disabilities occurred in practically every
Flood conditions over all the south west quarter were outstanding
towards the end of the month. Some peak heights included :-
Barcoo River at Isisford on 28th (same as 1941).
Cooper Creek at Currareva on 29th (just under 1941).
Warrego River at Charleville on 26th (highest on record).
Warrego River at Cunnamulla on 31st (higher than 1941).
Many places were isolated for weeks and in some cases supplies were dropped from the air.
Early in the month the Mackenzie, Dawson and Fitzroy basins experienced severe flooding with peaks at St. Aubins (Mackenzie) on 4th , Boolburra (Dawson) on 5th and Riverslea (Fitzroy) on 6th. These streams were fairly high again on the 28th and 29th.
The Burdekin River was over the Inkerman Bridge on 11th, 14th and on 28th. A good deal of additional flooding in the north coast areas between Cardwell and Cooktown was reported at the end of the month , in addition to local central coast traffic disabilities.
The cyclone flooding affected the south coast (Port Curtis streams) particularly the Burnett and Mary rivers with minor flooding in parts of the Brisbane River basin and around the south east border highlands. Heavy run-off was also reported in north west areas and the east Carpentaria. The Downs river systems showed moderate run-off at the end of the month. Three drovers lost their lives in the central highlands floods and another man was drowned at Laura Creek peninsula.
|1949||April||Heavy rains on the north coast from 11th to 14th resulted in rail and road traffic suspension on 12th and 13th. On 12th bridges were cut by Behanna Creek (near Cairns), Babinda Creek and Russel River.|
|1949||May||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1949||June||Resultant waters from the February and March widespread flooding in areas of south-west Queensland were flowing into Lake Eyre early in the month.|
|1949||July to September||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
floods by the end of the month as
a result of the heavy rains of the 2nd week. By 24th and 25th floods
been reported in the Barcoo, Paroo,
Balonne, Macintyre, Dawson,
and Pine river systems and stream rises in the Brisbane,
and Nerang rivers. Traffic dislocation was reported
from all these
basins and extensive low level flooding resulted from the drenching
on 25th over the South Coast Moreton district. By 31st coastal streams
had receded below flood level and the slower moving southern inland
were carrying flood waters to downstream stations.
Peak heights are indicated below.
Warrego River at Charleville on 16th (highest on record), and at Cunnamulla on 20th.
Paroo River at Eulo on 21st.
Balonne River at Surat on 18th (bridge submerged), and at St. George on 19th (bridge submerged).
Dawson River at Taroom on 17th (bridge submerged).
Mackenzie River at St. Aubins on 17th (bridge submerged)
Macintyre River at Goondiwindi on 18th.
Mary River at Gympie on 26th.
|1949||November||Run-off from the local heavy rains for the period 21st to 23rd resulted in small rises in the southern and south western tributaries of the Fitzroy River system. On 24th the Nogoa River peaked at Raymond and the Dawson River peaked at Taroom. The heavy storms of 26th in Brisbane and 27th at Laidley , (Hidden Vale near Laidley estimated 175mm) , caused temporary local traffic disabilities.|
|1949||December||There were local flood falls over the Carpentaria and stream rises in the FlindersRiver. Rail traffic was suspended between Cloncurry and Oorinda due to washaways.|
Updated November 2010.