QUEENSLAND FLOOD SUMMARY 1960 - 1969
|1960||January||Heavy rain on
the central coast caused sharp
rises and local severe flooding particularly in north-eastern parts of
the Fitzroy River catchment, and in the Proserpine
area. From 18th
to 23rd the Connors River , Prospect
reported moderate to heavy flood run-off with considerable dislocation
of traffic on the Bruce Highway. Many motorists were stranded for
up to 2 days , and the main northern railway was washed out in at least
6 places , the worst being near Carmila. Funnel Creek peaked at Waitara
and Saltbush Park on 22nd , whilst water was well over the Prospect
bridge. The Connors River peaked on 21st.
Some 150mm of rain caused severe local flooding in the Proserpine area on 24th and heavy rains caused moderate flooding on the far north coast on 28th and 29th. Considerable disruption of road traffic was reported . The Herbert River peaked at North Gairloch on 28th.
was reported on the Gold Coast
following some 25 to 50mm thunderstorms on 3rd. Further heavy rains on
the central coast and North Coast Herbert districts caused some
of traffic on 9th , but flooding was mainly local.
The main flood period occurred from 19th to 23 rd when heavy rain on the central coast , [ Bloomsbury 375mm , Calen 350mm in 48 hours to 0900 22nd ] , caused general disruption of road rail and air services. Moderate flooding was reported in the Pioneer River catchment , with Mirani peaking at 0130 on 22nd . Bridge crossings were affected on the O’Connell and Proserpine rivers but the major disruption of traffic was on the Bruce Highway between Prospect and Funnel creeks , where motorists were trapped. North eastern parts of the Fitzroy catchment reported moderate flooding , with water well over the Prospect Creek bridge.
Slight flooding affected northern tributaries of the Burdekin basin from 21st to 27th , and the Herbert River from 21st to 25th where North Gairloch [Ingham] peaked on 24th. Slight flooding was also reported in the upper Einasleigh River on 23rd and the upper Flinders River on 26th. Storms rains produced sharp rises in Theresa Creek [western Fitzroy] on 26th and 27th.
Falls of 50 to 125mm of rain over the south-west quarter of the State from 22nd to 25th produced appreciable flows in most south-western and western streams. Some stock losses of drought weakened sheep were reported along the Bulloo River , where the peak passed Quilpie on 27th , but in general flooding was slight ,although many river crossings were impassable. Reported peaks were the Thomson River at Jundah on 24th and the Warrego River at Murweh on 27th.
|1960||March||Ron-off from the
February rains continued slight
flooding in the western rivers for the first half of the month. The
River peaked at Birdsville on 12th.
In the Burdekin River catchment a fresh in the Belyando River from 1st to 3rd and moderate flooding in the upper Burdekin on 11th and 12th resulted in some rises in the lower Burdekin from 11th to 15th. Peaks in the upper Burdekin were Green Valley and Clarke River , both on 12th.
Heavy rains in the Townsville area on 10th and 11th caused dislocation of road and rail traffic , Townsville being isolated for a time. The Bohle River reached its highest level since 1946 and the Haughton River was well over the bridge at Giru. Disruption to traffic was also reported on the Bruce Highway south of Sarina at this time , with water covering the Prospect Creek bridge.
Heavy rain on the coastal section between Daintree and Cooktown on 19th , with 420mm in 8 hours at Cape Tribulation , caused considerable flooding ,the worst reported being in the Annon River where wash-outs on the Mulligan Highway occurred.
Storm rains on 14th caused the postponement of salvage operations on the train wreck at Midway Creek near Bogantungan. Local flooding was also reported at Coolangatta on 15th and Kuranda on 28th.
|1960||April||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1960||May||Flash flooding , causing damage to crops and communications , resulted from very heavy rain on 25th at Cawarral , 40 kilometres north of Rockhampton. Further heavy rain , 125 to 150mm in 48 hours from the same rain depression , brought about flash flooding in the upper Stanley River on 26th.|
|1960||June||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1960||July||Moderate flow in the Bulloo River resulted from rain over the catchment in the first half of the month. The river caused some traffic disruptions at Quilpie.|
|1960||August to November||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1960||December||On the 24th to
30th of the month , general 75
to 200mm of rain with localised falls to 350mm over the headwaters of
Cloncurry , Flinders , Einasleigh
, Hamilton , Diamantina , Thomson
rivers caused sharp rises and local flooding in the upper reaches of
rivers. Widespread traffic dislocation resulted , and some stock losses
when stock weakened by drought conditions became bogged.
In the Flinders River basin washways on the Townsville to Mt.Isa railway at several points , near Julia Creek and Richmond , held up traffic for several days. At Cloncurry 185mm of rain caused the most severe local flooding for 50 years in the township with water inundating the streets and entering business premises. Damage was also caused to the new bridge construction works. The Flinders River at Hulberts Bridge peaked by 30th , well over bridge height. The superstructure of a rail bridge south of Einasleigh was damaged when the Einasleigh River rose above flood level.
The Burke River at Boulia and the Diamantina River at Kynuna burst their banks on 26th , whilst local flooding was reported at Winton. Blackall was isolated on 26th when the Barcoo River rose over the bridge. Run-off moved down the Barcoo and Thomson rivers and by the end of the month the Barcoo peaked at Isisford and the Thomson peaked at Jundah , submerging both bridges. Run-off was also reported in the upper reaches of the Bulloo River.
As the rain influence moved out to sea , flash flooding was reported at Cairns and other coastal stations from heavy falls of up to 200mm in 8 hours.
|1961||January||Further 25 to
125 mm falls in north-west and
central western districts , and 25 to 75mm falls in the south-west on
first days of the month , maintained flood levels in many Gulf and
A good body of water moved down the Cooper Creek system , disrupting traffic until the end of the month. The Barcoo River at Isisford peaked on 3rd and the bridge was either submerged or the approaches impassable until 11th. Landsborough Creek at Muttaburra and the Thomson River at Longreach both peaked on 4th. The crest reached Jundah by 9th and Currareva on 11th. River crossings in downstream areas were impassable until 18th.
Though detailed information is not available , reports were received of flooding along the Burke River at Boulia , and of a body of water moving down the Diamantina River. On the Bulloo River low level flooding was reported at Adavale on 6th and 7th. At Quilpie water was just under the rail bridge by 9th. The Paroo River at Eulo peaked on 3rd and was above flood level until 6th.
The Flinders and Cloncurry rivers , already high from the Christmas rains , rose again. Peaks were recorded at Marathon and Richmond on 3rd and Hulberts Bridge on 4th. Floodwaters fell by 7th , and flooding was not generally serious , though traffic was disrupted in the area. Railway washaways marooned trains in Cloncurry , and tracks were submerged at other points along the Mt Isa to Townsville line.
As the rain influence moved out to sea , 75 to 125mm falls over the upper reaches of the Burdekin River catchment caused a fresh which temporarily submerged bridges. At Sellheim the road bridge was covered on 5th when the river peaked , but rail communications were unaffected. Other peaks occurred at Green Valley , Clarke River and Dalbeg.
|1961||February||The 75 to 225mm
rainfalls over central areas
and parts of the South-east on 17th and 18th , followed by further 10
50mm falls on 24th and 25th , lead to freshes and some flooding in
streams , with resulting traffic dislocations.
The most severe local flooding occurred in the upper reaches of the Condamine River . Water entered the town of Allora to a depth of 1 metre , and parts of Killarney were flooded ,damaging crops on the river flats. The river peaked at Killarney on the morning of 19th. Most stations on the Balonne River system reported freshes , with local flooding in some areas. Freshes were also reported in Laidley and Warrill creeks in the Brisbane system , and along the Burnett and Kolan rivers.
The passage of the fresh down the Warrego River caused slight flooding at Charleville with a peak on 19th , and more extensive , though temporary flooding at Murweh , where the river peaked on 21st. Freshes were also reported in the Bulloo , Thomson and Barcoo rivers. Some traffic dislocations occurred when the Thomson covered the traffic bridge at Currareva on 27th and 28th , whilst the Barcoo was over the bridge at Isisford from 19th to the end of the month , except for short periods. Isisford peaked on 22nd.
Freshes were reported on most streams in the Fitzroy system , particularly in the Dawson River. At Taroom a peak occurred on 20th , some 3 metres above the bridge , and Baralaba peaked on 27th with some flooding. Central coast streams running into the Isaacs River cut the highway at several points for short periods.
Flash flooding in the Bundamba Creek at Booval on 25th swept a car off a culvert , killing two people. Flash flooding in the Mary River on 28th caused traffic dislocations.
|1961||March||Rain of the
order of 25 to 75mm on the Central
Highlands , South Coast and Eastern Darling Downs , and of up to 50mm
the Central Coast , Maranoa , Warrego and Central Lowlands districts
in the first few days of the month. This caused rivers swollen at the
of February to remain in that state for some days. Western and
rivers remained high for the longest period , though this may be
from their normally slow rate of flow.
While a rise was reported in the Pioneer River at Mirani on 1st , more important situations arose in other areas. In the Fitzroy River basin the more serious flooding was confined to tributary streams. At Emerald on the Nogoa River a peak was recorded on 1st , while Taroom and Baralaba peaked on 2nd. At Theodore the peak was on 6th. At Riverslea and Yaamba ,on the Fitzroy proper , peaks were recorded on 6th and 8th respectively , but did not approach flood heights.
In the Mary River basin bridges were cut at Lone Pine on Munna Creek till the 3rd , and at Bauple East on Tinana Creek. At the latter station flood waters reached a peak on 3rd. This was still below flood height , but well over the bridge . Flooding in the countryside was quite minor.
Flood situations were more serious in the Condamine and Balonne rivers and western basins. At Condamine town and Eldnarvale on the Condamine , peaks were recorded 3rd. At Warkon , on the Balonne , the river approached dangerous levels on 5th , and Surat was subject to minor flooding. Elsewhere in this and the Warrego River basin , flooding did not rise to serious proportions.
The Barcoo River , after a peak on 28th February , cut the bridge at Isisford until 4th , and generally maintained a high level until 6th. At Currareva , the Cooper Creek peaked on 1st , and traffic was held up until 2nd when the river began to fall slowly.
|1961||April||The only reported flooding during the month was in the basins of the Bulloo and Paroo rivers. Some 25 to 75mm rainfalls over the area caused freshes in these rivers but they did not generally rise to serious proportions. At Thargomindah on the Bulloo , the bridge was covered on 22nd and 23rd , while at Eulo , the Paroo rose above flood level on 23rd and remained at that level till 27th. Elsewhere along these streams , no extensive flooding was reported.|
|1961||May to September||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
in the South Coast Curtis , particularly
in the Kolan , Boyne and Calliope
, produced rapid flooding on 7th and 8th . Many 24 hour totals to 0900
7th exceeded 250mm and totals up to 450mm were reported in the 24 hours
from midnight 6th to midnight 7th. All coastal streams between
and Gladstone were in high flood and considerable damage to roads and
was reported ,although stock and crop losses were comparatively light.
Traffic disabilities were general , particularly along the Bruce
which was cut at many places. About 200 motorists were stranded for
Creek rises were remarkably rapid. Gin Gin Creek rose 1 metre in 15 minutes and 2 to 3 metres per hour at Moolboolamon, whilst St.Agnes Creek rose so rapidly that it caused the Burnett River to flow backwards past Wallaville. Near record levels were reached in many streams and in the Mt. Perry area creeks were reported to be the highest in living memory. Major peaks were Kolan River at Toweran and Monduran on 7th , at Smiths Crossing on 8th [ highest since records commenced in 1949 ] and Gin Gin Creek at Bruce Highway on 7th [ highest for 50 years].
Some local flooding with little or no damage resulted from 75 to 150mm rains over north-west parts of the Darling Downs in the 24 hours to 0900 7th. The most important rises were in Charleys and Dogwood creeks resulting in moderate rises in the lower Condamine River from 9th to 13th and a fresh in the Balonne River from 12th to 19th. The peak reached Warkon in the early morning on 12th.
|1961||November||In the second
half of the month , storm rains
caused general stream rises in the south-east districts. On 17th
one hour 75 to 125 rains in the Upper Brookfield area led to flash
which caused destruction of roads and bridges. In the Brisbane
area heavy rains on the 20th caused local flash flooding in many
, the worst hit areas being Mt. Gravatt and Sandgate.
Rapid stream rises were reported in the Logan and Nerang catchments on 21st , following rainfalls of up to 125mm in two hours. The Pacific Highway was damaged and the traffic bridge across the Pimpama River at Ormeau flooded, with resulting traffic disruption. Many Southport shops and homes were inundated briefly by run-off from the heavy rain , and other resorts along the coast were also affected , but to a lesser extent. Many roads in the Springbrook-Beaudesert-Southport district were cut by local flash flooding . The Plunkett Bridge was submerged some 2 metres , stopping traffic on the Beaudesert to Tamborine highway.
On 21st very heavy rain , 110mm in 90 minutes , was experienced in the Moree district. The Brisbane Valley Highway was cut between Esk and Toogoolawah , due to flash flooding of Gallanani Creek , and rail traffic was slowed because of erosion. Heavy rain in the Bremer catchment on 17th , followed by further falls in the next few days , caused a rise in the river , submerging the bridge at Rosewood for some days. Freshes in other tributaries of the Brisbane River resulted in a slight rise in the main river in its lower reaches. Freshes were reported in the Condamine , Balonne and Bulloo rivers , and in the Burnett and Fitzroy systems.
|1961||December||Heavy rain in
the second and third weeks of
the month with local high intensity falls , caused rises in most
in the southern half of the State and produced local flooding in some
, and much traffic disruptions Falls of up to 175mm on 14th to 16th in
the Wandoan-Condamine-Dulacca district affected both the Fitzroy
and Balonne catchments.
In the Dawson River flood water reached a peak at Taroom on 16th , and at Theodore on 21st. Flooding of low lying lands and much traffic disruption was reported for several days. Flood levels were exceeded at Baralaba and minor flooding occurred further downstream.
In the Balonne system , slight flooding occurred in the Miles district on 16th , and again on 20th following further storm rains. As the water moved downstream , peaks were reported Warkon on 19th , Whyenbah on 20th and Dirranbandi on 23rd. Extensive traffic disruption was experienced.
In the same period freshes , with some minor local flooding , were reported in the catchments of the Brisbane , Mary and Logan rivers , whilst the Bulloo River rose to bridge height at Quilpie on 19th. A fresh was also reported in the upper reaches of the Leichhardt River.
rains in the southern half of the
State maintained a heavy run-off in most southern rivers and streams
the month. Flooding of low lying areas and extensive traffic
Following heavy rain in the Severn , Macintyre and Moonie catchments in the first week of the month , the Severn River rose well over the traffic bridge at Texas on 9th , whilst at Yelarbon water entered some parts of the town.
Minor flooding with extensive traffic dislocation occurred in the Balonne , Warrego , Paroo , Bulloo and Barcoo systems. In the Diamantina River good flows were reported at Birdsville in the last week of the month.
Slight flooding occurred in the Brisbane , Mary and Dawson systems , whilst flash flooding after storms was experienced in many districts.
south-western rivers ,abating
at the end of January, continued to fall during the month. Minor
persisted at Whyenbah and Hebel in the Balonne
system up to 2nd.
In the Gulf Country , monsoonal rains from January 28th swelled the Gilbert , Norman , Einasleigh and Mitchell rivers. Homesteads were isolated and communications cut as the rivers spread over the flat countryside.
This condition of swollen streams and widespread traffic disruption , which extended along the north coast as far south as Mackay by 20th , continued throughout the month. The Fitzroy , Belyando and Burdekin systems were all affected , whilst flooding in the Herbert River from 27th submerged traffic bridges at Long Pocket and North Gairloch. Flooding however was only minor.
|1962||March||The month opened
with floods continuing in the
north , as the Gregory and Cloncurry
rivers caused further
traffic disruptions. At this time the Georgina River
reported to be in flood at Camooweal.
With continuing widespread rains in the south-east in the first ten days of the month , reports were received of flooding in the Dawson , Mackenzie , Condamine , Macintyre , Moonie and Weir rivers. Traffic disruptions were widespread , and in some cases prolonged , the worst affected areas being along the Condamine - Balonne , Moonie and Weir rivers. The bridge at Riversdale was cut by the Moonie River for six days to 18th , while Yandilla township was isolated for two days to 14th by the Condamine River.
Floodwaters moved downstream disrupting traffic , but widespread flooding was not experienced , except along the Weir River in a 65 kilometre stretch in the Goondiwindi area , where large scale stock losses resulted.
Reports of falling streams were received in the last week of the month , from all areas.
|1962||April||Early in the
month rains in the upper Condamine
and Dumaresq rivers caused sharp stream rises.
These rises were
not supported by widespread rains and the resulting flooding and
disruption was minor. The traffic bridge at Riverton on the Dumaresq
cut on 8th and 9th. The Texas bridge was cut on 9th.
Very small rises were noted in the Mary and Barcoo rivers on 6th and 7th. Stream levels in the Dawson River remained above bridge height at Taroom from 7th to 17th. This run-off was noticed downstream where at Baralaba the bridge was submerged from 19th to 21st. Flooding of the countryside was as elsewhere negligible.
|1962||May to June||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1962||July||Reports of flooding were confined to the south-eastern corner of the State. Following falls of up to 300mm on 9th to 11th , widespread flooding was caused by run-off in the Logan , Albert and Tweed rivers , whilst the Condamine and Dumaresq rivers were affected to a slight degree. Hundred of acres of farm land were inundated by the coastal streams , damaging crops and pastures and causing heavy stock losses. Widespread traffic disruption occurred when the Pacific Highway was cut on 10th and 11th. Traffic was delayed at Riverton and Texas on the 12th when town bridges were submerged by the Dumaresq River.|
|1962||August to November||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1962||December||Throughout the closing week of the month , widespread traffic disruption was reported in the South Coast divisions and in the southern inland , following widespread variable rains. Flooding was , in the main , of the flash flood type , but at the close of the month further falls maintained higher stream levels in the Fitzroy , Kolan and Mary rivers on the coast , and in the Bulloo and Paroo rivers inland. Thargomindah was isolated from 27th until after the end of the year.|
|1963||January||The month opened
with reports of traffic disruption
as heavy run-off from December rains continued in the south-west ,
coast and far-north coast.
Following heavy rain in central and southern districts from 8th , flood levels were exceeded in the Comet River , with Rolleston district being isolated from 9th to 18th. In the Warrego River , Charleville was isolated on 12th , and in the Mary River , where heavy rains fell in the headwaters , Gympie was also isolated on 12th.
Further rain in the 3rd week of the month continued the run-off in the south-western streams and kept traffic immobilised. Affected streams were the Balonne , Maranoa , Barcoo and Bulloo rivers. At this time , flooding , with similar road and rail traffic disruptions , was experienced in the Nogoa , Comet and Mackenzie rivers , and in the central and far-north coastal area.
As the month closed , high discharges from heavy storm rains were reported in the Flinders and Leichhardt systems. The traffic bridge at Mt.Isa was damaged on 30th , while extensive rail wash-outs were experienced along the Julia Creek to Cloncurry railway on 31st.
the month was confined to the
Gulf rivers and the North and Central coast areas , and in general was
Frequent heavy rains in the north-east tropics produced freshes and some flooding in Gulf rivers and in the Herbert and Burdekin systems. Clare was inundated briefly on 8th ,whilst bridges were cut on several days during the month. Widespread traffic disruption was reported , but little damage from flooding. Proserpine experienced flash flooding on 19th after 150mm of rain were recorded in a few hours.
flooding occurred affecting most
of the major river systems in Queensland.
From 13th to 18th heavy rain in south-east districts produced 250mm totals with some totals up to 500mm. Local flooding and traffic disabilities were reported in the Mary and Brisbane rivers as well as the shorter Moreton streams. The Stanley River at Peachester reported peak flows as did the Brisbane River at Murrumba and Wivenhoe Bridge. In the Mary River catchment , water entered low lying parts of Gympie when the peak was recorded at midnight on 17th , and both Gympie and Kenilworth were isolated for a few days.
Widespread rain , with some 24 hour totals up to 150mm , affected the central and southern interior on 21st and 22nd causing stream rises in the Fitzroy , Thomson and the southern inland catchments. Torrential rainfall in the Mackay area on 25th and 26th , [ 725mm in 2 days ] , caused moderate flooding and traffic disruptions in the Pioneer catchment as well as adjacent parts of the Fitzroy and Burdekin systems.
The major period of flooding occurred towards the end of the month , when record rainfall affected the central interior from 25th to 31st. Many daily falls exceeded 100mm , and some 200mm , resulting in the heaviest March rainfall this century for most of the central lowlands. Flooding in the Barcoo and Bulloo river systems reached serious proportions , whilst stream floods in the Thomson River were only just below the 1955 levels. The highest flood since 1910 in the Barcoo system inundated Blackall and Isisford , the river being up to 35 kilometres wide in places. At Blackall flood levels were above the highest gauge board and water was 150mm deep in the main street , whilst at Isisford the Barcoo was still rising on 31st. The heavy flood run-off from both the Thomson and Barcoo was already affecting the Windorah area at the end of the month. Traffic disruptions were widespread and the loss of stock reported to have been in the thousands , has not yet been fully assessed.
Torrential rain in the headwaters of the Bulloo system caused unprecedented rises in Blackwater Creek , the peak almost completely submerging Adavale on 30th . Many rescues were made from roof tops by helicopter , and a number of buildings were damaged and a church washed away. Huge volumes of floodwater were also affecting Quilpie at the end of the month.
The heavy rain period near the end of the month produced moderate rises in other rivers over a wide area of the State. In the Fitzroy River catchment large volumes of water moved down all tributaries with the highest levels being recorded in the western parts of the catchment. Other systems affected were the Flinders , Belyando , Condamine , Balonne , Moonie , Maranoa and Paroo rivers. Huge volumes of flood run-off , with rivers up to 35 kilometres wide in places , were moving south towards New South Wales and South Australia at the end of the month , particularly in the Cooper Creek and Bulloo systems.
confined mainly to the first half
of the month , when most major river systems were experiencing flood
from the heavy rains in March.
Floods in the Burdekin , Fitzroy , Condamine and Balonne systems were mostly receding by 6th , having reached heights which in all cases were well short of record proportions , yet serious enough to cause considerable traffic disabilities and local flooding.
Up to 125mm of rain , and in some cases 250mm , fell in some Carpentaria regions in the first five days of the month , giving rise to further flooding. The Flinders River at Hulberts Bridge reached its highest level since 1951. By 10th , however , most of the danger had passed.
In the lower western and south western rivers run-off extended through to the second half of the month. Along the Bulloo River serious flooding occurred as the river spread out. Adavale , [ Blackwater Creek ] , and Quilpie were cut off , necessitating the use of helicopters in flood rescue work. The Barcoo River experienced the highest flood in 50 years , while in the Thomson River flooding was aggravated by further falls in head water regions in the first few days of the month.
Cooper Creek at Currareva [ near Windorah ] reached a peak on 6th , just below the 1955 level and the second highest since 1906. The total flood discharge at this station was estimated to have exceeded 5 million acre feet and part of this huge run-off has already entered South Australia. Heavy stock losses and widespread traffic disruptions were reported from the whole of the Cooper Creek catchment.
Floodwaters in the Bulloo and Warrego rivers were receding southward from Quilpie and Cunnamulla respectively by the 8th. Towards the end of the month the Diamantina River at Birdsville peaked , but the flood was receding by 28th.
|1963||May||Run-off from the
March-April flood in Cooper
Creek extended to early in the month , while at Birdsville
Diamantina River had not receded until late in
Flooding was otherwise confined to the south-east corner of the State. Heavy rain fell over eastern Darling Downs and Moreton districts on 6th and 8th , and further moderate rain fell on 20th. Local flooding and traffic disruptions occurred along coastal streams between Brisbane and the border on 8th and 9th as a result of daily falls of up to 125mm , and in some cases 250mm. The Pacific Highway at Beenleigh was cut for 24 hours , delaying hundreds of motorists.
Other flooding was generally slight , and streams affected were the Brisbane , Logan , Albert and Nerang rivers as well as the upper Condamine and Macintyre rivers.
|1963||June||A slight fresh in the Macintyre River following moderate rain in southern Darling Downs districts from 4th to 8th.|
|1963||July to December||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
mainly confined to western and
south-western border districts following heavy rainfall associated with
Cyclone "Audrey" from 12th to 14th. The worst
affected areas were
the lower reaches of the Bulloo , Paroo
In the Bulloo catchment , serious flooding occurred south of Ardoch as a result of 150 to 225mm rainfalls late on 13th. At Thargomindah the river spread to a width of 6.5 kilometres , and started to enter the town when a near record peak was reached on 16th. Over half the 7000 sheep on one property near Thargomindah were lost.
Up to 285mm of rain fell in 24 hours in the Eulo area and on 14th the Paroo River reached a peak , the highest since 1942 and the second highest on record. By the 18th flood waters had reached Hungerford on the New South Wales border and had spread to over 35 kilometres wide in places.
Properties on the Warrego River between Cunnamulla and the border recorded from 125 to 250mm in 24 hours to 0900 14th. The resultant flooding in this catchment caused considerable stock losses and widespread disruption to traffic.
Throughout these three catchments road traffic was almost brought to a standstill whilst in the lower reaches stock losses were heavy , and kilometres of fencing were washed away.
In the north-west of the State , the Cloncurry , Leichhardt and Gregory rivers reported considerable run-off , and local flooding caused widespread traffic disabilities , including the closure of airfields. In western districts , less serious flooding was reported in the Diamantina River , with Birdsville reaching a peak on 29th.
confined mainly to the first half
of the month , when Cyclone "Dora"
drenched the Gulf country
between 5th and 9th. Many places recorded total falls of over 500mm
this period , and many daily totals over 300mm were recorded.
Up to 150mm of rain fell in the upper reaches of the Flinders River and the resulting flood reached a peak at Hulberts Bridge late on 6th. In the lower reaches totals over 375mm were reported , and these , combined with 250mm falls in the Cloncurry and Corella catchments , produced a near record flood which peaked at Milgarra on 14th.
Up to 225mm of rain fell on the catchments of the Gregory and Albert rivers , and Burketown [ on the Albert ] was surrounded by water during the resultant flood. In the Leichhardt River the biggest flood in the memory of local residents followed falls up to 350mm. At Augustus Downs the river spread to 8.5 kilometres wide , as compared with its normal width of 165 metres.
In the catchment of the Norman River up to 500mm of rain were recorded , and by 8th the river at Normanton was in high flood , with the floodwaters entering the town itself. The level reached was just below the record 1951 flood level. Cyclone "Dora" was reported as leaving a sea of water 165 kilometres wide stretching from Normanton to Burketown.
Associated with the heavy falls , serious road and rail traffic disruptions occurred throughout the Gulf Country. By the 12th the Townsville to Mt.Isa line was open but as late as the 21st many areas were still impassable to road traffic. In the Burke Shire many dams were burst by the floods , and kilometres of fencing washed away. Stock losses throughout were reported to be high.
Moderate to heavy rainfall associated with Cyclone "Dora" also fell in the catchments of the Herbert , Burdekin , Thomson and Diamantina rivers , and freshes and slight flooding occurred along these rivers. The Burdekin River at Sellheim peaked on 11th , while Thomson catchment falls of 225mm , near Longreach , produced a slight flood which moved downstream until Currareva , [ near Windorah ] , reported a peak in Cooper Creek at the end of the month.
|1964||March||A number of
rivers from the Gulf of Carpentaria
to the Darling Downs were in flood to varying degrees throughout the
Heavy rain in the catchments of the eastern Gulf rivers in the first half of the month produced major flooding in the Mitchell River system.
Heavy rain , over the period 7th to 9th , falling on the upper reaches of the Condamine River , caused sharp rises in the upper tributaries and a moderate flood in the main river. In the Pittsworth district , paddocks were flooded and roads closed by falls of 175 to 200mm. As the flood wave moved downstream , large areas of low lying land were inundated and low level roads and bridges closed. Two families were evacuated near Cecil Plains. The flood peaked at Tummaville on 9th , at Eldnarvale on 15th and at St. George on 24th.
The same rainfall situation caused small rises in the upper Brisbane River and Lockyer Creek. Traffic delays were experienced in the Southport and Nerang areas. Other rises reported in the Fitzroy catchment.
Falls of up to 500mm of rain in the Cairns and Innisfail areas on 15th and 16th forced the Mulgrave River into flood . Approximately 5.5 metres of water was reported over the railway line at one spot. The main northern highway was blocked in many places. Floodwaters damaged railway lines and flattened sugar cane crops.
The South Coast received further heavy falls over the period 26th to 31st with falls exceeding 250mm in some areas. Rises in the smaller streams cut the Bruce Highway at Beerwah and at the Caloundra turn-off , leaving many Easter travellers stranded. Both the Stanley River and Mary River showed sharp rises. The Mary River peaked at Gympie on 29th. Local flooding in Brisbane suburbs caused temporary inconvenience. By the 30th only one road in the State was cut by floodwaters.
|1964||April||Following falls in south-eastern districts totalling 50 to 100mm for the 3 days to 23rd , slight stream rises occurred in the Brisbane , Mary and Condamine catchments. Flooding was only of a local nature , resulting in a number of traffic disruptions.|
|1964||May to September||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1964||October||Widespread rain from 9th to 12th falling over the catchments of the western river systems caused rises in the Diamantina and Georgina rivers , and local traffic disabilities. Diamantina Lakes [ Diamantina ] , peaked on 12th , and Marion Downs [Georgina ] , peaked on 13th. Other freshes reported were Theresa Creek at Valeria , peaked on 11th , and Macintyre River at Goondiwindi , peaked on 14th.|
|1964||November||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1964||December||Heavy rainfall associated with Cyclone "Flora" was responsible for flooding in the eastern Gulf and northern coastal districts during the month. Traffic hold-ups were reported from flooded Carpentaria rivers , while flooding on the coast was more severe , isolating a number of towns between Ingham and Tully. The Herbert River at North Gairloch reported the highest flood peak since 1956. Flooding in most cases was over within a few days.|
with Cyclone "Judy" produced
flooding in the Gilbert River and in some northern
from 29th to 31st. Falls of 125 to 250mm were reported in the Gilbert
, where a moderate flood interfered seriously with traffic. Georgetown
, which received 300mm in two days , was surrounded by floodwaters for
a short time.
On the coast , the heaviest rain fell at Townsville , where 250mm was reported. Roads were cut in many places , and rail and air transport was suspended for some time. Associated falls in the upper reaches of the Burdekin River caused a fresh which peaked at Sellheim on 31st.
|1965||February||Run-off in the Gilbert River catchment and in some northern coastal districts associated with Cyclone "Judy" continued into the first few days of the month. Roads in the worst affected areas remained untrafficable for some time , but by 3rd all flood danger had passed. The fresh in the Burdekin River peaked at Home Hill on 2nd. Heavy rain in a few coastal areas in the far north produced further slight flooding and traffic disabilities about 16th.|
|1965||March||A feature of the
month was the complete lack
of flooding in the southern half of the State and the reduced severity
of flooding in the north.
Flooding in the Cloncurry , Corella and Gilbert rivers followed general rainfalls of 50 to 100mm in Carpentaria districts between 8th and 12th. The area of rain also extended south into the central lowlands , where freshes were produced in the Thomson , Barcoo and Belyando rivers , and west into the Northern Territory , where a moderate flood occurred in the Georgina River. Associated heavier falls on the northern catchment of the Burdekin River produced a slight flood which peaked at Clare on 14th .
Further scattered heavy rain fell in eastern Carpentaria districts between 15th and 17th. Georgetown recorded 225mm in one day , giving rise to a flash flood in the Etheridge River , while further to the west the Gilbert River also experienced some flooding. Associated heavy falls in tropical coastal districts produced local flooding in the Herbert River catchment. Heavy falls in the northern catchment of the Burdekin River produced a fresh which peaked at Clare on 19th.
|1965||April||At the beginning
of the month a moderate flood
was moving slowly down the Georgina River , after
Marion Downs had
peaked on 31st of March.
Later in the month , 75 to 100mm of rain fell in the central highlands on 26th and 27th. The resulting fresh in the Mackenzie River caused a peak at Honeycombe on 29th.
|1965||May||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1965||June||Rainfalls of 100 to 175mm in the upper catchment of the Mary River and in the Six Mile Creek catchment on 25th and 26th caused a slight rise in the main stream. The Mary River peaked at Gympie on 27th , and road traffic was affected by flooding in a number of places.|
reported over the period 19th
to 21st was responsible for sharp stream rises and some minor flooding
in the Moreton district streams including the Brisbane
, Mary and Condamine rivers.
These river rises caused traffic
disabilities in the upper and middle reaches of the Brisbane River ,
Condamine River near Millmerran and upper reaches of the Bremer
and Logan Rivers and Lockyer Creek.
Local flooding as a result of local heavy rainfall was reported in Brisbane suburbs and some local flooding was reported at Warwick on the Condamine River. Flooding was responsible for removing large quantities of water hyacinth from the Bremer River and its tributaries. No major damage or loss of life was reported.
|1965||August to November||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1965||December||Heavy rainfall in the early part of the month caused general low level flooding in the Fitzroy , Brisbane , Condamine , Macintyre and adjacent river systems together with freshes in a number of the western rivers. No serious flooding was reported , although traffic was held up when rising flood waters cut a number of low level road bridges. Flooding was also reported in the Mackenzie , Flinders and Barcoo rivers and Lockyer Creek.|
from upstream caused rises
in the lower reaches of the Balonne River
system early in
Heavy rainfall on 5th and 6th over the central and southern interior and far south-west of the State caused good rises in the western and Carpentaria rivers. River levels tended to fluctuate throughout the month due to run-off from further rainfall , and to the effects of local inflow from tributaries. Around the middle of the month flooding occurred in the Thomson , Barcoo , Warrego , Diamantina , Georgina and Flinders rivers and Cooper Creek.
Heavy rainfall on the central coast on the 24th and 25th produced rises in the northern tributaries of the Fitzroy River system and the southern tributaries of the Burdekin River system. Near the end of the month flooding occurred in the Mackenzie , Isaacs , Belyando , Bogie and Burdekin rivers.
Throughout the State , stream rises caused only local traffic disabilities and no loss of life or property was reported.
|1966||February||Flood run-off in the Diamantina River caused rises at Birdsville early in the month.|
|1966||March||Some flash flooding occurred in the upper reaches of the Mary , Condamine and Brisbane rivers during severe thunderstorms on 22nd and 23rd.|
|1966||April||Some low level flash flooding occurred in the Brisbane River basin towards the end of the month.|
|1966||May||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1966||June||The lower reaches of coastal streams from Bundaberg to the border were subject to freshes as a result of heavy rainfall which fell from 9th to 11th. Some minor flooding occurred in the Waterford-Loganlea area on the Logan River.|
|1966||July||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1966||August||Minor local flooding was reported in the Nogoa , Mackenzie , Macintyre and Condamine rivers , while severe thunderstorm activity in the Brisbane metropolitan area on 31st caused local flash flooding and traffic disabilities in some suburbs.|
|1966||September||As a result of some heavy thunderstorms , flash local flooding occurred at Mt. Morgan and Rockhampton.|
|1966||October||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1966||November||Good general rains with heavy totals in the south-east early in the month caused severe local flooding in many portions of the greater Brisbane area. The rains extended into the north-east of New South Wales causing extreme rises in Dumaresq and Macintyre rivers , and causing the loss of one life at Boggabilla. Minor freshes occurred in the Thomson and Diamantina rivers|
|1966||December||Minor flooding and traffic disabilities were experienced in the north-west of the State on 3rd and 4th , chiefly in the Mt. Isa area. On 7th local flooding occurred in the Brisbane metropolitan area due to thunderstorm rains. Torrential rain at Mt. Morgan on 9th caused local flooding.|
|1967||January||From 17th to
19th , thunderstorm falls of 100
to 150mm over parts of the central Highlands and northern Maranoa
rises in the Comet , upper Dawson
and Maranoa rivers
with subsequent traffic disabilities in the Injune , Emerald and Taroom
Late in the month , falls up to 325mm associated with Cyclone "Dinah" produced substantial rises in the Mary and Kolan river systems and freshes in the south coast rivers. King tides combined with the effects of the cyclone to erode and flood beach frontages , particularly in the Sandgate area.
flooding , produced by Cyclone "Dinah"
in late January , continued for the first few days of the month in the
Mary , Burnett , Fitzroy
and Burdekin catchments.
The first few days of February saw good falls in Carpentaria districts , where a moderate flood moved quickly down the Flinders River. Associated rain in western districts gave rise to a small flood in the Georgina River , which peaked at Marion Downs on 17th.
From 20th to 23rd , Cyclone "Barbara" produced moderate falls in southern coastal districts extending west to the fringe of the Darling Downs. A fresh in the Logan River peaked at Macleans Bridge on 24th , while minor stream rises were reported on the eastern edge of the Downs.
Towards the end of the month , good moderate falls in parts of the central and south-western districts produced slight flooding in the Thomson , Bulloo and Warrego rivers.
|1967||March||As the month
opened , minor flood run-off was
continuing in the Thomson , Bulloo
and Warrego rivers.
During the first week however , a rain influence moved across from the west and produced heavy falls in some western and south-western districts. Resultant flooding reached serious proportions in the Bulloo River , where Quilpie peaked on 11th , and the Paroo River , where Eulo peaked on 9th.
The Warrego River and Cooper Creek catchments were not so seriously affected , but further west flooding verged on the serious in the Georgina River, where peaks were reported at Marion Downs on 11th and 23rd. The Georgina and Diamantina rivers were still running strongly at the end of the month , but floods had then subsided in most other south western streams. The area of rainfall also extended north to the western portions of the Flinders catchment , giving rise to moderate flooding in the Cloncurry River at Cloncurry with a peak on 6th , but the river fell fairly quickly.
On 18th falls of up to 150mm associated with Cyclone "Elaine" were recorded in the south-eastern corner of the State. Minor flooding and traffic disabilities occurred as a small flood moved down the Brisbane River , while the Logan River peaked at Macleans Bridge on 19th. Lighter associated falls in the Mary catchment and on the eastern edge of the Darling Downs produced minor flooding in the Mary and Condamine rivers , the latter reaching a peak at Cecil Plains on 23rd.
The major feature of the months flooding was the record flooding in the Herbert River and associated far north coastal streams towards the middle of the month. Falls of up to 1300mm in 4 days in the Barron and Herbert districts produced the highest flood on record in the Herbert River , with widespread damage and loss of property. The Bureau’s river height observer at Glen Eagle station was forced to evacuate his homestead , shortly before it was washed away in a flood which reached the fantastic level of 6.85 metres above the previous record in 1927.
Further downstream at North Gairloch the river gauge was completely submerged on 14th , and at Long Pocket a record height was recorded at 1500 on 14th. The bridge at Long Pocket linking Abergowrie and Ingham was washed away after being almost 15metres under water , and the population of Abergowrie was isolated for weeks. Ingham itself was almost completely submerged in the flood-waters which were 17 kilometres wide at the peak. Road and rail traffic were brought to a stand-still , and Hinchinbrook Shire Council is reported to have estimated road and bridge damage alone at about $7.5 million.
Near record flooding was also reported in the Barron , Johnstone and Tully rivers. The Tinaroo Dam [ Barron ] and Koombooloomba Dam [ Tully ] were both filled to over flowing by the heavy run-off , after being at low levels for the previous twelve months. The damage to sugar mill tramlines and bridges was severe , but a reliable estimate of crop losses is not available. Huge fields of sugar cane were washed out and in some places cane has been covered by 2 metres of silt. Cars were washed into raging flood-waters and costly farm machinery inundated. Thousands of people had the heart-breaking experience of flood damage due to knee deep water in their homes and when this receded , 300mm of mud. Some people were rescued from roof tops and there were many reports of bravery under very difficult conditions. Helicopters were used in some of the rescue work.
The rain influence also extended inland and affected some Carpentaria rivers , these being the Mitchell , Palmer , Einasleigh and Walsh . The Lynd River was reported as "higher than any known flood". By 18th most of the flooding had subsided , but the full extent of the damage was still being assessed at the end of the month.
|1967||April||Minor flood run-off continued in the Balonne River during the first few days of the month , but by the second week the water had receded south of the Queensland border. In the far-west the flooded Georgina River fell quickly at Marion Downs , and was below reporting height by 5th.|
|1967||May||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
south of Bundaberg , together
with the Condamine River , experienced considerable
Rainfalls averaging 200 to 250mm in the South Coast Moreton district during the week ending 14th resulted in moderate flooding in the Brisbane and Mary rivers and adjacent coastal streams. The Brisbane River peaked at Vernor on 12th , the highest recorded since 1955 , and the Mary River peaked at Gympie on 11th , the highest since 1963. Worst flooding was in the Nerang River , which peaked at Numinbah Valley early on 12th , highest since 1954 , and flooded some residential areas on the Gold Coast . Traffic disabilities occurred throughout the Moreton district , but were worst in coastal areas south of Brisbane.
Serious local flooding in Brisbane itself on the night of 11th , inundated many houses and severely restricted traffic movement. Flooding in this area however was not as serious as in 1931.
The rain influence also extended west to the fringe of the Darling Downs , where falls averaging 50mm produced minor flooding in the upper reaches of the Condamine River. Further drenching rain fell in the same districts on 21st and 22nd , and again on 26th and 27th , but flooding was generally at a lower level than earlier in the month. The exception was in the Condamine basin , where the rain was more widespread than earlier and resulted in moderate flooding at Loudoun Bridge on 27th. At the end of the month flood reports were still being received from stations on the middle and lower Condamine River and the Balonne River.
Flood reports were also received during the month for the Macintyre River , a few sections of the Fitzroy , Kolan and Burnett catchments , and for western and south-western rivers , where associated rainfalls gave rise to slight flooding.
|1967||July||Flood run-off , produced by the June rain , continued during the month in the Balonne and Diamantina rivers. The Balonne peaked at Whyenbah on 11th and the Diamantina peaked at Birdsville , also on 11th. By the end of the month , flood waters , in both streams , had receded south of the border.|
|1967||August to November||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1967||December||Small rises were recorded early in the month in the Balonne , Paroo and Bulloo rivers , following low to moderate rainfalls in south-western districts from 7th to 9th. Later in the month , freshes were also reported in the Burdekin and Barcoo rivers following scattered rainfalls over the Central Coast and Central Highlands from 20th to 23rd .|
|1968||January||Major feature of
the month was the serious flooding
in the Mary River , which reached its second
highest level since
the turn of the century.
Widespread light to moderate rainfall in the south-eastern corner of the State on 6th was followed by moderate to heavy falls from 7th to 13th. The resulting run-off produced flooding in all coastal streams from Bundaberg to the border , and in the Condamine River. Seven day totals of over 750mm were common in the headwaters of the Mary River , while slightly lower totals were recorded in the headwaters of neighbouring coastal streams and in the headwaters of the Stanley River.
The Mary River peaked at Gympie on 10th , and all coastal roads from Brisbane to the north of Bundaberg were impassable to traffic for a few days as the flood peak moved downstream. Many people in Gympie and other centres downstream were forced to evacuate their homes as flood waters approached , and at least one life was lost.
Slightly lower rainfalls in the Brisbane River sub-catchments other than the Stanley were sufficient to cause minor to moderate flooding in parts of the Brisbane Valley , while moderate falls on the border ranges produced only minor flooding in coastal streams south of Brisbane.
The lower Burnett and Kolan rivers also experienced moderate to serious flooding when falls totalling 350 to 400mm were recorded over 3 days to 0900 10th , and traffic was seriously disrupted on the Bruce Highway.
Associated rainfalls of 25 to 100mm on the Eastern Darling Downs produced a minor flood in the Condamine River , while lower totals in the Maranoa District produced some low level flooding in the Balonne River. At the end of the month the water from the upper Condamine was approaching Dirranbandi , [ on the Balonne ] , having caused minor traffic disabilities as the peak moved downstream.
Further west , good falls were received in the catchments of the Paroo , Bulloo , Warrego and Thomson rivers on 15th and 16th , resulting in minor to moderate flooding in all streams except the Paroo , where the situation verged on serious. A peak was recorded at Eulo on 18th with some water reaching the township. Good falls in some parts of western districts also produced low level flooding in the Georgina and Diamantina Rivers.
Moderate to heavy falls in central coastal districts about the middle of the month produced minor flooding in parts of the Fitzroy and Burdekin catchments. Further to the north , moderate to serious flooding resulted in the lower Herbert River , following 3 day totals averaging 125 to 250mm to 0900 17th.
rivers , except those in the
south-eastern and Darling Downs districts , experienced some degree of
flooding during the month. There were general disruptions of rail ,
and air traffic and many northern and inland centres were isolated for
Heavy rain over parts of the Carpentaria , Central Lowlands and Central Coast [ West ] districts from 11th to 16th was the major flood producing influence , whilst associated falls in the Central Highlands from 11th to 13th , and again on 16th , were a further contributing factor.
Moderate flooding resulted in the Flinders and Burdekin rivers , and the northern and western sub-catchments of the Fitzroy River. The Flinders reached a peak at Hulberts Bridge on 16th , while the Burdekin peaked at Inkerman Bridge , [ Home Hill ] , on 17th. Water from western parts of the Fitzroy basin took a little longer to get away , and a peak was not recorded at Riverslea in the lower Fitzroy until 23rd.
The heavy falls in Carpentaria and Central Lowlands districts were also sufficient to cause very serious flooding in the Thomson River , which reached its highest levels since 1963. A peak was recorded at Jundah on 23rd , but by the end of the month the flood waters had moved past Windorah in Cooper Creek , and were heading for the South Australia border . Traffic disabilities were common as the kilometres-wide flood moved downstream.
Good associated falls also produced a moderate flood in the Diamantina River , while further to the south minor levels were reached in the Barcoo , Bulloo and Warrego rivers. The Mary and Herbert rivers also experienced minor flooding about the middle of the month.
|1968||March||Flood run-off continued , following the February rains , in streams west of the Thomson River , the last peak being reached at Birdsville on 22nd to 23rd.|
|1968||April||Minor to moderate flooding , affected the headwaters of rivers in the south-west quarter of the State , commenced at the end of the month. Rains of 50 to 100mm in the upper Warrego catchment produced a peak on 30th , whilst falls up to 75mm initiated reports of rises exceeding flood levels on the Paroo and Bulloo rivers.|
flood rains at the end of April
over the south-west corner of the State , flooding generally attained
conditions in the middle and lower reaches of rivers early in the
Major flooding was experienced in the Paroo and Bulloo rivers , Quilpie peaking at 0900 on 2nd. Moderate flooding occurred in the Diamantina and Georgina rivers , and minor flooding was experienced in the Thomson and Barcoo rivers , Cooper Creek and Warrego River.
Further flood rains of up to 100mm on 10th to 13th in the upper Georgina and Diamantina rivers increased the flooding , producing a peak at Marion Downs on 30th . Floodwaters were still rising at Birdsville at the end of the month and are expected to continue rising well into June.
Rains of up to 110mm on the 11th and 13th increased the major flooding on the Paroo and Bulloo rivers. Eulo peaked on 15th ,[ equal to January 1964 and third highest since records commenced in 1890 ] , and Quilpie peaked on 13th , [ the second highest since records commenced in 1950 ].
|1968||June||Run-off in the Georgina River continued , causing the Boulia-Bedourie road to be untrafficable for most of the month. Further rises occurred in the Diamantina River and a peak was recorded at Birdsville on 8th. However no townships or station homesteads were threatened. By the end of the month levels in the Diamantina River at Birdsville had fallen , and slow run-off continued into early July.|
|1968||July||Rainfalls between 25-75mm over southern parts of the Darling Downs on 17th and 18th caused freshes in the upper Condamine and Macintyre rivers. At one stage the Dumaresq River at Texas rose over 1.5 metres in one hour. Although a few low level bridges were covered by flood waters , little inconvenience was caused to the general public.|
|1968||August||Brief but heavy rain in the Stanthorpe-Tenterfield areas on 13th once again caused minor freshes in the Condamine and Dumaresq rivers. There was little or no inconvenience in the Dumaresq , however at Tummaville , on the Condamine River , a peak was recorded on 16th about 1.5metres above bridge height , causing minor local flooding. Both rivers returned to their normal levels by the 18th.|
|1968||September to December||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1969||January||Severe local flooding occurred at Mossman , after record rainfall of 621mm to 0900 28th.|
|1969||February||Minor flooding occurred on the Diamantina River on 12th.|
in many of the northern coastal
streams and southern inland areas during the month , but flood reports
were only received from the south-west and far south-west river
The Paroo River at Eulo peaked on 18th. Flooding was reported in the Bulloo River with peaks at Adavale on 17th , at Quilpie on 20th and at Thargomindah on 28th. Slow run-off can be expected to continue into April in this river system.
The Diamantina River peaked at Diamantina Lakes on 31st. On the Georgina River , Marion Downs reported at peak on 28th which was below flood height , but sufficient to render the Boulia-Bedourie road untrafficable for three days from 27th to 30th.
|1969||April||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
rainfalls during the middle of the
month on the headwaters of the Condamine River ,
coupled with heavier
falls in the lower reaches towards the end of the month , produced
rises and some minor flooding. The lower Balonne River
St. George on 30th. This caused little or no inconvenience to the
public , but the crest can be expected to cause further minor flooding
as it moves through the extreme lower reaches in the first days of
Minor flood reports were also received from stations on the Bulloo River where Adavale peaked on 27th and Quilpie on 31st. Stream rises with the possibility of minor flooding mat be expected in the extreme lower reaches during early June.
|1969||June||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1969||July||Minor flooding occurred on the Paroo River on 2nd.|
|1969||August||Heavy rains on the D’Aguilar Range , on the night of 26th and early on 27th , caused minor flooding and traffic disabilities in the Pine River catchment , blocking the Bruce Highway at Strathpine for several hours on 27th. Further heavy rain on 27th and 28th continued minor flooding in the Pine River. A peak was reported at Dayboro at 0600 on 28th.Minor flooding was also reported in the Condamine River catchment where , at Cambooya , Hodgsons Creek was above flood height at 1800 on 27th.|
|1969||September||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1969||October||Minor flooding occurred in the lower Moonie and Balonne rivers during the middle of the month.|
|1969||November||Major flooding was experienced in the Moonie River and minor to moderate flooding occurred in the lower Balonne and Macintyre rivers on 15th to 22nd. Two lives were lost.|
|1969||December||Reports of minor flooding were received from some stations on the Fitzroy , Burdekin , Flinders and Georgina catchments during the last week of the month,but in most cases the flooding only lasted for a period of two to three days and caused little or no inconvenience to the general public. Freshes were reported from most other river systems in the west and south-west of the State during the latter part of the month.|
Updated November 2010.