QUEENSLAND FLOOD SUMMARY 1970 - 1979
|1970||January||As a result of Cyclone
"Ada", major flooding
was experienced in the Pioneer River
, particularly at Mackay
on 19th , and in the Don River at Bowen on 19th and
local flooding occurred in coastal streams affecting towns between
and Bowen. Major flooding occurred in the Bowen and
rivers in the Burdekin basin , but only moderate flooding occurred in
Burdekin River. Major flooding was experienced
also in the
upper catchments of the Isaacs and Connors
rivers and in
Creek , all far northern tributaries in the Fitzroy basin.
only moderate flooding occurred in the lower
Mackenzie River , and
only river rises below flood level resulted in the Fitzroy
The first heavy rains on the mainland were experienced on the morning of 18th. Rainfall totals to 0900 18th included falls of 60mm along the coast between Mackay and Calen and in the headwaters of the Pioneer River , and 310mm at Proserpine. At this time local flooding occurred around Proserpine and nearby coastal areas , but the main rivers , the Don and Pioneer , were not in flood. To 0900 19th Bowen recorded 47mm and Mackay 110mm , whilst falls of up to 775mm were received between these towns and inland to the headwaters of the Pioneer River. Some examples are Dalrymple Heights 364mm , Finch Hatton 336mm , Proserpine 335mm , Eton 556mm , Nebo 255mm , Wagoora 777mm , and Mt Charlton 622mm.
The upper tributaries of the Pioneer River began to rise steadily during 18th and by 2100 the river at Mirani was more than 1 metre above flood level and rising at more than 1 metre per hour. The river at Mirani subsequently reached a peak at 0600 on 19th. The main floodwaters reached Mackay approximately at high tide and a peak height was recorded between 0830 and 0930 on 19th. At the peak , water was up to I metre deep in the shopping centre in Mackay. Levels dropped with low tide during the day and by 2100 , at high tide again , only minor flooding was experienced around Mackay.
On the 19th near record flooding occurred in the Bowen and Broken rivers , in the headwaters of Funnel Creek and in the Connors and Isaacs rivers.
The heaviest rains moved north on 19th and some totals to 0900 20th were Mt Dangar 860mm , Wagoora 210mm , Bowen 285mm [ gauge over flowed ] , and Binbee 300mm. As a result , major flooding was experienced in the Don River at Bowen , and adjacent coastal creeks. Much damage to property , farm machinery , motor vehicles and cane crops was reported in the flood affected areas , and two lives were lost.
In the last week of the month moderate flooding occurred in the Mary River between Kenilworth and Tiaro as a result of rainfalls of up to 200mm over the southern and eastern sections of the catchment area. However flooding was not experienced at Maryborough.
to moderate flooding was reported
following scattered heavy rains over most of the State.
A fresh in the Burdekin River was complemented by rains of up to 110mm in the lower catchments , causing minor flooding downstream of Dalbeg on 5th and early 6th. Scartwater on the Belyando River recorded moderate flood heights on 4th , 5th and 9th. However the effects were localised as stations both upstream and downstream were just below flood heights.
Early in the month , falls of up to 175mm in the upper Fitzroy catchments caused moderate flooding in Funnel Creek and the lower Isaacs River , between 5th and 8th. Local heavy rains of up to 125mm in the headwaters of Theresa Creek caused the river at Valeria to rise above flood height on 24th. However the minor flooding quickly dissipated downstream in the Mackenzie River.
Moderate flooding was reported in the Thomson River at Jundah and Stonehenge , the Diamantina River at Diamantina Lakes and the Georgina River at Marion Downs. The Diamantina River at Birdsville is rising and will continue to rise through into March.
Moderate and minor flooding occurred in the middle and upper reaches of the Flinders and Cloncurry rivers respectively between 2nd and 12th , following rains of up to 85mm in these catchments. Minor flooding was experienced downstream of St George in the Balonne River between 3rd and 6th.
occurred in the
at Blackall on 16th , and at Isisford on 20th , causing traffic
in these areas for some time. There was flooding at Quilpie on the Bulloo
River on 16th , with little effect downstream.
Severe local flooding , about the middle of the month along the north coastal fringe , caused much damage in some towns , and damaged roads and railways with washaways and landslides.
Minor to moderate flooding was experienced in the Bulloo River at Adavale and the Paroo River at Eulo. Run-off will continue into early April in the lower reaches of the Thomson and Barcoo rivers , but flooding from upstream should cause only minor freshes.
|1970||April||From the 23rd , moderate flooding was experienced in the Paroo River and minor flooding in the Bulloo River. Towns affected were Eulo , Quilpie and Thargomindah.|
|1970||May to August||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
floods occurred in the lower
Macintyre River. The peaks at Goondiwindi were
on 18th [ minor flooding
downstream ] , 25th [ moderate flooding downstream ] , 30th [ moderate
flooding downstream ] . It has been reported that 2000 sheep drowned
the second flood , downstream of Goondiwindi.
On 25th and 26th there was also minor flooding in the Paroo River in the vicinity of Eulo. Small freshes were maintained during the last two weeks in the Warrego , Balonne and Moonie rivers.
|1970||October||During the first
week of the month , the recession
of the September floods on the Macintyre River was
minor flooding between Goondiwindi and Mungindi.
On Saturday 24th there was flash flooding in the Brisbane City metropolitan area in Kedron Brook and Enoggera Creek resulting in damage to furniture and fittings in private homes. Several people were drowned.
|1970||November||Minor flooding was reported in the Paroo River at Eulo on 12th and in the Dawson River at Taroom on 18th. In both cases the extent of flooding was localised , and no significant effects were recorded downstream.|
occurred in most rivers in south-east
Queensland , in the area south from the Comet and Belyando rivers and
from the Warrego River. In the second week, flooding also occurred in Brisbane
City metropolitan creeks and streams.
The rivers , together with the degree of flooding , were Belyando [ minor ] , Comet [ moderate ] , Dawson [ major ] , Mary [ minor ] , Stanley [ moderate ] , upper Brisbane , Lockyer and Bremer [ minor ] , Pine , Albert and Logan [ moderate ] , Nerang [ minor ] , Condamine and Balonne [ major ] , Maranoa [ moderate ] , Macintyre and Weir [ major ] , Warrego and Moonie [ moderate ] , and Barcoo [ major ].
|1971||January||During the first
week of the month , flooding
continued from December in the Macintyre , Dawson
, Condamine and Balonne rivers.
By 15th , flooding had ceased
in all rivers.
Stream rises commenced again on 20th , following heavy rains over the upper and middle reaches of the Condamine and Dawson rivers , causing moderate flooding in both streams. On 23rd , moderate flooding commenced in the Macintyre River. By 31st , flooding had developed in the greater part of south-east Queensland.
The streams and degree of flooding on that date were Macintyre [ major ] , Dawson [ moderate ] , Condamine [ major ] , Balonne [ major ] , Mary [ minor], Kolan [ major ] , Pine [ moderate ] , Moonie [ minor ] , Laidley [ major ] , and Bremer [ moderate ].
|1971||February||During the month
moderate to major flooding
occurred in most rivers in the south-east quarter of Queensland. Towns
and cities which suffered inundations in varying degrees included
, Laidley , Gympie , Maryborough , Bundaberg ,
Rockhampton and Theodore.
Some flooding occurred in low lying areas of Brisbane City
Elsewhere in the State , flooding occurred in Gulf rivers including the Flinders and Gilbert . In the west there was moderate flooding in sections of the Thomson and Barcoo rivers and minor flooding in the Paroo River.
|1971||March||Flooding in the Macintyre
rivers eased during the first two weeks of the month. Heavy rains along
the coastal strip between St. Lawrence and Cooktown caused flooding in
coastal streams and in Funnel Creek and the lower Isaacs
Minor flooding occurred in the Burdekin River
tributaries and moderate
flooding affected the lower Herbert River.
A large low pressure system , which moved south from the Gulf of Carpentaria through western Queensland into South Australia , brought heavy rains over wide areas of western Queensland , with the exception of centres around Barcaldine , Blackall and Alpha. Widespread moderate to major flooding occurred in the Gregory , Leichhardt and Flinders rivers and tributaries , all flowing into the Gulf of Carpentaria. The Cloncurry River experienced its highest recorded flood.
Further south , major flooding , with rivers up to 35 kilometres wide in places , occurred in the Thomson River and Cooper Creek , Diamantina River , Eyre Creek and its tributaries , and the Georgina , Burke and Hamilton rivers. The lower Diamantina River at Birdsville experienced its second highest flood , since records commenced in 1948 , on 17th.
Moderate flooding occurred in the Bulloo and Paroo rivers and heavy rain during the last two days of the month caused a renewal of flooding in the Cloncurry River at Cloncurry.
|1971||April||During the first two weeks of the month , flood levels receded in the Diamantina River and Eyre Creek catchments and the Flinders River and tributaries. However , during the middle of the month , further heavy rainfalls in the headwaters of these catchments caused a renewal of the flooding . Major flooding occurred in the Georgina River and Eyre Creek , and in the upper and middle reaches of the Diamantina River. By the end of the month , flood peaks were in the lower reaches of the Diamantina River and Eyre Creek.|
|1971||May||Flooding continued in the lower reaches of the Diamantina River and Eyre Creek , but by the end of the month the flooding had eased.|
|1971||June to July||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1971||August||Minor to moderate flooding was experienced twice in the Macintyre River during the month , due to heavy rainfalls in the New South Wales portion of the catchment.|
|1971||September to November||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
, associated with the rain depression
that was previously Cyclone"Althea", caused minor
to major flooding
in many Queensland rivers and streams during the latter portion of the
month. Flooding continued into January in most southern inland streams
as the floodwaters moved downstream.
Flooding and traffic disabilities occurred in the following areas :
caused by heavy rain in the Christmas
- New Year period , eased during the first two weeks of the month in
Condamine , Balonne , Paroo
, Warrego , Bulloo
and Nebine rivers , Wallam Creek
, as well as Thomson
River and Cooper Creek
During the middle of the month , minor to moderate flooding occurred again in parts of the Warrego and Paroo rivers. At the same time heavy coastal rains in north Queensland caused major flooding in the lower Herbert , Haughton and Burdekin rivers. Flooding occurred in the towns of Ingham , Home Hill and Giru.
Moderate flooding also occurred in the Macintyre and Diamantina rivers and upper reaches of the Dawson River. Minor flooding was recorded in the Pioneer, Flinders , Isaacs and Connors rivers. Severe flooding of coastal creeks and streams occurred between Townsville and Cairns causing widespread traffic disruptions.
second and third weeks of the month
, major flooding occurred in the upper and middle reaches of the Mary
, upper Brisbane and Stanley
rivers in association with heavy
rainfall from Cyclone "Daisy". Flooding , with
, also occurred in Sunshine Coast streams and the Pine
Nerang rivers. Severe local flooding occurred
in Brisbane City
metropolitan creeks on the morning of Saturday 12th , following general
falls of 175mm to 225mm in the 24 hour period.
During the last two weeks , minor to moderate flooding was recorded in the lower Herbert , Dawson and Mackenzie rivers , and again in the upper Brisbane and Mary rivers. There were also flooding and traffic disruptions in coastal streams between Cardwell and Cairns.
|1972||March||During the first two weeks of the month ,. heavy rainfalls in the north of the State produced flooding in main streams and tributaries of the following rivers. Herbert [ minor ] , Haughton [ minor ] , Flinders [ moderate to major ] , Burdekin [ minor ] , Diamantina [ moderate ] , Georgina-Eyre [ major ] , Thomson-Barcoo [ minor ]. By the end of the month , flood waters in rivers in the far west had drained into South Australia border areas.|
|1972||April||During the first
week of the month heavy rains
in south-east Queensland , associated with Cyclone "Emily"
moderate flooding in the Mary , Stanley
rivers. Flooding also occurred in the Kolan and
streams , the Burnett ,
Albert , Logan , Nerang
and Pine rivers, and Sunshine Coast
There was widespread traffic disruptions in the above catchments as Easter holiday traffic returned to Brisbane. On the night of Sunday 2nd to Monday 3rd , heavy rain in Brisbane City metropolitan creek catchments caused major flooding in suburban areas , resulting in much damage to property and household furniture.
|1972||May to September||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
south-east Queensland during the first
week and additional rain from the middle of the month brought most
to a state of saturation by 26th. As a result , the heavy rains in the
south-east from 27th to 30th produced the season's first floods. Major
flooding was caused in the Macintyre River mainly
In the Condamine River there was widespread flooding in most tributaries upstream from Tummaville. As a result , the combined run-off produced major flooding downstream from Tummaville and extensive crop losses.
continually fluctuated in the Condamine
, Balonne and Macintyre rivers
during the month. The flooding
attained major proportions in the lower reaches of the Condamine River
and Macintyre River below Goondiwindi.
Minor to moderate flooding was experienced in the Albert , Logan and Nerang rivers and moderate flooding occurred in the Warrill Creek and Bremer River, tributaries of the Brisbane River.
Minor flooding progressed down the Mary River from 11th to 14th , and local flooding occurred in Brisbane City metropolitan areas from heavy rain on 9th .
|1972||December||Minor to moderate flooding eased during the first week of the month in the Bulloo , Paroo , Warrego and Barcoo rivers.|
|1973||January||Over the last half of the month , minor to moderate flooding occurred in the middle and lower reaches of the Condamine and Paroo rivers.|
and showers resulted in the
progressive build -up of flood run-off producing major flooding in the
Warrego , Paroo , Bulloo
, Barcoo ,
, Cooper and Diamantina
systems. In addition , minor to moderate
flooding occurred in the Burke , Hamilton
and lower Georgina
Cunnamulla , Charleville , Quilpie and Adavale recorded flooding in and around the townships and there were widespread road and rail disruptions.
During the middle of the month minor to moderate flooding occurred twice in the Mary and Stanley rivers. Major flooding also occurred in the middle reaches of the Moonie River , with only minor flooding in the lower reaches.
In the north of the State , minor to moderate flooding occurred in the Fitzroy system in the Connors River and Funnel Creek , extending into the lower Isaacs River , with traffic disabilities for up to two days. Minor flooding also occurred in the Belyando , lower Burdekin and Flinders rivers.
second week of the month , heavy
rain on the North Tropical Coast caused flooding and traffic
between Ingham and Babinda , with moderate flooding in the lower Herbert
River and minor flooding in the Tully River.
in western rivers during the first two weeks.
Towards the end of the month heavy rains , associated with the decay of Cyclone "Bella" , fell over the catchments of the Nicholson and Gregory rivers causing major flooding. A high total of 475mm of rain in 24 hours was recorded at Westmoreland Station to the north of the Nicholson River. Further south , heavy rains up to 200mm in 4 days fell over catchment areas of the Georgina , Burke and Hamilton rivers , causing major flooding in these streams.
Major flooding was also recorded during this period in the Diamantina and Thomson rivers. Record flood heights were reported in the upper reaches of the Cloncurry River in the Malbon area on 28th. Minor flooding occurred again in the Tully River during the last week of the month.
in Eyre Creek and Diamantina
River continued to progress downstream during the month ,
peaks being recorded at Glengyle and Birdsville on 8th and 21st
There was minor flooding in the Thomson River and North Tropical Coast streams, and moderate flooding occurred in lower reaches of the Tully River, during the period 13th to 15th.
|1973||May||Major flooding from the Eyre Creek and Diamantina River systems, which occurred during the last half of April , eased very early in the month.|
|1973||June||No significant rainfall occurred in Queensland.|
period 6th to 10th , heavy rain in
south-east Queensland caused moderate to major flooding to the coastal
strip between Brisbane and Bundaberg. Several lives were lost. Minor
occurred in the Brisbane City metropolitan creeks ,
Enoggera-Breakfast creeks and Kedron
Brook , and also in
the Nerang River.
The most serious flooding occurred along the Sunshine Coast in the Noosa , Maroochy and Mooloolah rivers and also in the Mary River catchment. Major flooding occurred between Kenilworth and Tiaro on the Mary River , which peaked in Gympie at 19.61metres and in Maryborough at 7.70metres.
Major flooding also occurred in the upper Brisbane River and Stanley River , but flooding was not significant in the lower reaches.
|1973||August to October||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1973||November||Heavy rain , with falls up to 125mm in the 48 hours to 0900 27th , caused flooding in the Paroo , Bulloo , lower Thomson , Diamantina and lower Georgina rivers during the last few days of the month. Major flooding occurred around Quilpie on the Bulloo River.|
|1973||December||Heavy flood rains during the latter part of the month , resulting from Cyclone "Una", caused major flooding and extensive traffic disabilities in coastal streams between Gladstone and Rockhampton . Moderate to major flooding occurred inland throughout the central and northern reaches of the Fitzroy River catchment and upper reaches of the Burnett River. Flooding also occurred during the month in some far Western and Peninsula rivers.|
flooding occurred in almost
all areas of the State during this month. Few areas had no flooding at
all. One of these was the Dumaresq River upstream from Goondiwindi ,
at one stage during the month , water was released for irrigation.
Record flooding occurred in the Bulloo , Paroo , middle and lower reaches of the Flinders , Norman , Gilbert , Cooper , Diamantina , Georgina and Eyre rivers and creeks as well as Nerang, Brisbane City metropolitan , upper Brisbane, Bremer , Warrill and Logan rivers and creeks, the latter associated with Cyclone "Wanda".
|1974||February||As a carryover
from the January flood rains
much of the State was still being affected by major flooding as
opened. However as rains throughout the State eased considerably ,
likewise gradually eased during the month
Streams covering the majority of the inland of the State were in major flood. These included Flinders and Gulf , Burdekin , Thomson , Barcoo , Cooper , Diamantina , Georgina , Eyre , Fitzroy , Warrego , Bulloo , Paroo , Condamine and Balonne rivers and creeks. Additional streams in minor flood for a short period were the Tully , Herbert and Burnett rivers.
This situation remained for much of the first two weeks of the month. However , with the general easing of the rain , the river levels gradually receded to the extent that by the 13th , all streams had dropped below moderate flooding. Streams in the far-west were still in flood at the close of the month.
|1974||March||During the first week , heavy rains on the Central and North Tropical Coast caused flooding and traffic disabilities. Cyclone "Zoe" , during the middle of the month , caused minor flooding in streams in the Moreton region. Towards the end of the month , a renewal of heavy rains on the North Tropical Coast caused flooding and traffic disabilities in the Herbert , Tully and Murray rivers.|
|1974||April to October||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1974||November||During the month
, rains caused general stream
rises in south-east Queensland , with flood conditions being reached as
From 4th to 6th , minor to moderate flooding , downstream from Goondiwindi in the Macintyre River , and in the Macintyre Brook and Dumaresq River. A peak of 5.57metres was recorded at Goondiwindi on 5th.
From 19th to 26th , moderate flooding downstream from Goondiwindi and in the Macintyre Brook and Dumaresq River , with a Goondiwindi peak of 7.90metres on 22nd.
On 27th moderate flooding downstream from Harrisville and Rosewood in the Bremer River.
|1974||December||Minor local flooding in the upper Burdekin River . Again , minor to moderate flooding occurred during the latter part of the month.|
|1975||January||Scattered thunderstorm activity during the middle of the month caused minor to moderate flooding over the Dawson and Mackenzie rivers , with levels fluctuating in the latter catchment over a period of approximately one week. Over 16th and 17th minor to moderate flooding extended to the Burdekin system, and localised minor flooding with some disruption to road traffic was experienced in coastal streams between Rockhampton and Ayr. Flooding generally in Queensland in this month was of short duration and no significant property damage , or stock losses , was reported.|
|1975||February||Minor to moderate flooding occurred in the Macintyre , Diamantina and Georgina rivers , and minor flooding occurred in the upper Bremer River and Warrill Creek , Barker Creek , lower Tully , upper Fitzroy tributaries , Mackenzie , Dawson , Condamine and Balonne systems. Though stream rises and traffic disabilities occurred in numerous other rivers during the month , no significant property damage , or stock losses , was reported.|
|1975||March||A feature of the
month has been that the Macintyre
and Dumaresq catchments flooding , which varied
from minor to moderate
flood levels receding during the first week , to major flooding during
the last week , continued into the following month. Though flooding of
major proportion was occurring in the Macintyre River again towards the
close of the month, there were few if any reports of damage to property
or stock. The main problems were associated with isolation of towns for
short periods of one or two days , and widespread disruptions to
, particularly in the tourist areas.
Flooding occurred in numerous other river basins during March , varying from minor to moderate , but was generally of short duration with no reports of significant losses or damage. River catchments affected were as follows :
Nerang - minor local on 2nd.
Georgina / Eyre Creek - moderate below Glenormiston during 1st week.
Diamantina - moderate below Diamantina Lakes during 1st week.
Mackenzie - moderate below Honeycombe during 1st week.
Condamine - minor to moderate levels , fluctuating throughout the
middle reaches from Ranges Bridge to Surat , during most of the month.
Herbert / Tully - minor and moderate respectively in the lower reaches on 7th.
Thomson - minor to moderate downstream from Stonehenge during the middle of the month.
Bulloo - minor below Quilpie 27th to 30th.
Prospect / Funnel Cks - minor with disruptions to traffic on 27th.
|1975||April to August||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1975||September||Minor flooding occurred along Barkers Creek in the area between Murgon and Wondai , with moderate flooding in the Nanango area between 1st and 3rd. Minor to moderate flooding occurred along the Macintyre River downstream from Goondiwindi between 3rd and 5th.|
|1975||October||Minor flooding of short duration occurred in the latter half of the month along the middle reaches of the Condamine River in the Dalby area. Major flooding occurred on the Macintyre River about the same time , with a peak height of 8.53metres at Goondiwindi at about midnight on 24th.No significant property damage , or stock losses , was reported.|
|1975||November||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
moderate to heavy flood rains in
the last half of the month brought major flooding to some catchments
minor to moderate flooding in many others.
Major flooding occurred in the Condamine River , where the highest levels were reported since 1956 at a number of stations. Major flooding also occurred in the Bulloo River where Quilpie was isolated for several days.
Widespread moderate to minor flooding occurred in the following streams : Macintyre , Fitzroy , Warrego , Paroo , Thomson and Diamantina rivers and Cooper Creek. This caused widespread traffic disabilities.
major flooding continued to ease
in the Warrego , Bulloo , Paroo
, Thomson and
Diamantina rivers , Cooper Creek
, Condamine and
rivers and the Fitzroy Basin during the early part
of the month
, following the heavy rains and subsequent flooding in December.
Patchy heavy flood rain towards the middle of the month caused a resurgence of flooding in these river systems with widespread traffic disabilities and numerous towns and homesteads being isolated for several days. Between 20th and 23rd , stream rises and some flooding occurred in the south-east quarter , including the Brisbane and Mary rivers , from heavy rain associated with Cyclone "David". Laidley Creek recorded a major flood in this period with flood waters entering the town of Laidley.
By the end of the month flooding had eased in all systems with the exception of the Fitzroy River . Here moderate flooding continued on the Mackenzie River . Major flooding continued on the Funnel Creek following heavy rain in the catchment overnight on 30th.
|1976||February||During the first
week of the month moderate
to minor flooding eased in the Fitzroy River basin
and the Condamine
and Balonne rivers. By mid month , major flooding
in most streams in the Brisbane Valley , the Albert
rivers , the Macintyre , Moonie
and Weir rivers ,
the Condamine , Balonne , Bulloo and Paroo
rivers , the
, Thomson and Barcoo rivers ,
and CooperCreek , plus
Diamantina and Georgina rivers and Eyre
Creek . Major flooding
in these rivers was caused by the low pressure system formally Cyclone
Record flood levels and near record flood levels were recorded in many streams between Warwick and Mungindi and many houses were inundated at Warwick , Inglewood , Stanthorpe , Texas , Mungindi and smaller settlements along the main rivers. A number of houses were also inundated on the Logan River at Waterford.
At the end of the month major flooding was still occurring in the Balonne River following the extensive flooding in the Condamine River.
|1976||March||During the first 10 days of the month minor flooding was recorded in a number of rivers in the Moreton Region. In the Darling Downs and Maranoa districts moderate to major flooding of the lower Balonne and lower Macintyre rivers eased during the same period. Major flooding was also recorded in central coast streams. During the last week of the month , minor to moderate flooding was recorded in the upper Thomson and Barcoo rivers and the Bulloo and Paroo rivers.|
|1976||April||Minor flooding eased in the lower Paroo and Bulloo rivers during the early part of the month.|
|1976||May||Minor local flooding occurred in the Stanley and upper Mary rivers for a short period during 22nd and 23rd .|
|1976||June to September||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1976||October||Isolated flash flooding occurred on 25th in the East Central Coast.|
|1976||November||Storm rains on the Darling Downs produced minor to moderate flooding in the Condamine River during the first and third weeks of the month. Minor local flooding was recorded in the Macintyre River downstream from Goondiwindi , and the Dawson River near Taroom. Storm rainfalls also caused minor flooding in the Bremer River catchment on 14th and 15th.|
|1976||December||Heavy rainfalls on the coastal ranges between St. Lawrence and Cairns during the 4th week of the month caused floods and extensive traffic disabilities , especially in the vicinity of Giru on the Haughton River.|
|1977||January||The first three
and one half weeks of January
produced insufficient rain to cause significant flooding. However a
centred over the Barkley Tablelands of the Northern Territory extended
heavy rain into the Lower Carpentaria and Upper Western districts.
Record floods were generated in the area along the border near Camooweal and produced flood levels equivalent to the record January 1974 flood at Lake Nash , on the Georgina River just across the Queensland and Northern Territory border, and major flooding in the lower reaches. Moderate flooding resulted in the Diamantina River.
The Cloncurry , lower Flinders , Gregory and Leichhardt rivers also recorded moderate to major floods in the same period.
|1977||February||As the month
opened , the Georgina River
was in major flood and the Diamantina River was in
Conditions eased in these streams by 3rd. From 6th to 17th the Tully
and Herbert rivers and other streams between Ingham
and Cairns fluctuated
from minor stream rises to major flooding.
The heavy rains returned to the inland from about 16th with the Georgina River soon in major flood for the second time in the month , the level again approaching the 1974 record level at Urandangie . The inland flooding this time extended minor to major floods to all western streams beyond and including the Warrego River. The flood levels in most streams were maintained to the end of the month. Also during this period , minor floods were reported on the Flinders River in the north-west. However floods there had eased by 22nd.
|1977||March||Flooding in the
far western rivers , including
the Thomson and Barcoo rivers
and Cooper Creek ,west
to the Northern Territory border , eased during the first two weeks of
the month. However , minor flood levels were still evident along the
Australian border at the end of the month.
During the second week , major flooding developed in most coastal streams on the North Tropical Coast and Ingham was seriously flooded. Considerable damage was reported in the Ingham and Tully areas. Coastal flooding and widespread traffic disabilities also occurred in the same period between Sarina and Cairns.
In the middle of the month flooding extended into the Fitzroy , Kolan , Upper Burnett ,Condamine-Balonne , Lower Macintyre , Bulloo , Paroo and Warrego rivers. Major flooding occurred in the Warrego and Balonne rivers.
By the end of the month flooding had cleared with the exception of areas along the South Australian border.
|1977||April||Moderate flooding occurred in the Macintyre River for a few days from the 9th. Minor flooding and traffic disabilities occurred in the Tully River and associated streams , about the middle of the month.|
occurred in the south-east of the State
from about the middle of the month and continued into the last week.
major streams involved were the Macintyre , Balonne
and Mackenzie rivers. Flooding on the Macintyre
major levels downstream of Goondiwindi , with the Balonne River
The Dawson River reached major flood levels at Taroom and the Mackenzie River reached moderate levels , with other streams of the Fitzroy basin also causing traffic disabilities for short periods.
|1977||June to October||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1977||November||Very isolated local flash flooding occurred along the Central Coast just north of Rockhampton for a short period about the middle of the month.|
|1977||December||Late in the month , isolated heavy storms on the Central Coast strip between St. Lawrence and Innisfail caused local flooding in small streams ,and traffic disabilities on unsealed sections of coastal roads. Localised heavy rainfall in the Upper Western and Carpentaria districts caused significant stream rises in the upper reaches of the Leichhardt , Burke and Georgina rivers ,with associated traffic disabilities. Local flooding was experienced in the Mt. Isa district.|
|1978||January||Heavy rain in
the Macintyre catchment late in
the month brought major flooding to the Macintyre River
of Goondiwindi. Flood rains elsewhere along the east coast also brought
stream rises to all basins from the Burnett River
Major flooding occurred in the Haughton River at Giru and Kroombit Creek at Jambin. Many other streams recorded moderate to major flooding early in February.
rains in late January and early
February brought moderate to major flooding to many streams within the
Burdekin and Fitzroy river
basins. Other smaller systems
to record major floods were the Pioneer and Macintyre
, whilst the Burnett , Kolan ,
Boyne and Calliope
rivers recorded local flooding.
The major flood which occurred on the Fitzroy River brought extensive flooding to Rockhampton where the Fitzroy peaked at 8.15 m on Sunday 12th , causing some property damage.
Late in the month further heavy rains from Cyclone "Gwen" caused local flooding to the Herbert River and local flooding and traffic disabilities to the coastal area from Mackay to Tully.
|1978||March||Minor or local flooding was occurring in some coastal streams between Mackay and Tully at the start of the month. Subsequent heavy rains about mid month produced some local flooding in the Tully River and stream rises at the Gold Coast. During the last week of the month minor flooding occurred on the Logan River. In all flooding instances the inundation of land was usually of a minor nature and property damage was at a minimum.|
|1978||April||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1978||May||Minor to moderate flooding commenced on the Macintyre River at Goondiwindi about mid month and continued downstream for the next two weeks.|
|1978||June||Intermittent minor flooding continued on the Macintyre River , between Goondiwindi and Riverview , throughout the month.|
minor flooding continued in the
Macintyre River as the month commenced.
Following heavy rainfall
before mid-month , this river recorded a major flood from 11th to 18th
, with minor to moderate flooding being recorded for some days either
of the above dates.
The heavy rainfall also caused stream rises in other systems , namely the Thomson and Barcoo rivers and Cooper Creek , the Bulloo , Paroo and Warrego rivers , and the Diamantina and Georgina rivers and Eyre Creek. The rises in these systems however ,did not exceed moderate flooding.
|1978||August||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1978||September||Following the substantial rainfall over the Southern Border districts and Central Highlands during the first week of the month , minor to moderate flooding developed firstly in the Macintyre River on 6th , and gradually extended to the Dumaresq , Condamine , Dawson , Weir , Moonie and Balonne rivers by the 10th. However , only the Dumaresq failed to reach major proportions. Levels had subsided to below minor flooding in all streams by 20th.|
|1978||October||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1978||November||Heavy rainfall early in the month caused some moderate to minor flooding in the Macintyre River downstream of Goondiwindi , to the upper Condamine River in the Pratten and Cecil Plains area , and the Paroo River downstream of Eulo. No damage has been reported.|
|1978||December||Moderate flooding on the Macintyre River , downstream of Goondiwindi on the last 2 days of the month .|
of tropical Cyclone "Peter",
over and near Cape York Peninsula early in the month , brought heavy
which resulted in major to moderate flooding in nearly all coastal
from Tully to Cooktown. The major flood on the Barron River
extensive , but mostly agricultural and road and bridge damage , around
the Cairns area. These losses were exacerbated by extensive flooding of
the Tully , Murray and Herbert
rivers about the same
time. Further heavy rain associated with tropical Cyclone
on 10th to 12th , also caused further stream rises in the same area ,
in this instance the rises were not serious.
Interaction , which again produced heavy rainfall , between the ridge and the monsoonal trough from about 25th to the end of the month , caused stream rises over the whole coastal area from St. Lawrence to Ingham. Major flooding , with serious traffic disruptions , was concentrated in the Prospect and Funnel creeks area during this time.
Also , for a few days during this period , local flooding occurred on the Nerang River and its tributaries bringing some flooding , mostly as a result of local drainage problems , to the Gold Coast and adjacent areas.
were issued for some part of
the State on every day of the month. The practically continuous
recorded along much of Central and North coasts kept many streams above
or near flood levels throughout.
The systems which caused the major problems were the Connors River and the Prospect and Funnel creeks. These three streams were in flood for more than half the month and caused serious delays to traffic. In addition the Pioneer River broke its banks to cause flooding , with some property and crop damage , around Mackay. Probably the damage caused to roads and bridges , which preliminary estimates indicate will be many thousands of dollars, is the most significant point of the flooding during the month. Flooding also occurred over the Carpentaria. However, in these areas, the most significant impact was the traffic delays caused by stream rises.
During the last half of the month heavy rain , over the Central Lowlands and other parts of the south-west quarter , brought major flooding to the Thomson and Barcoo rivers and Cooper Creek , with rises in other streams in the area. Here again traffic delays were the most significant impact. However some property damage was possible as extensive areas were inundated.
significant flooding during March occurred
in the Fitzroy River basin, where from early in the
month , the
Connors River ,Prospect and
Funnel creeks, and later
the lower Mackenzie River , all remained in
moderate to major flood
over the first 8 days of the month. The Connors River flood continued
13th and contributed to moderate flooding of the Isaacs River
later still to minor flooding of the Fitzroy River. Apart from serious
traffic delays from the Connors River and road and bridge damage
parts of the system , no other property damage has been reported in
Other areas which also suffered flooding for short periods during the month were the carry over major flooding from February in the Thomson River and Cooper Creek. Minor flooding also occurred for a day or two in the Pioneer , Broken , Bowen and Bogie rivers very early in the month. Also a major flood occurred in the lower Burdekin River from about 12th to 17th. It was during this period when a recently completed river levee on the Burdekin River was damaged. Preliminary estimates put this damage at about $1 million.
Finally on the afternoon and evening of 15th the severe thunderstorm ,which occurred in the Killarney ( 146mm )area of the Darling Downs , caused local flash flooding in some creeks. This run off however dissipated very rapidly in the Condamine River.
|1979||April to May||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1979||June||Despite the substantial rainfall in the south-east of the State about 20th , only slight stream rises were experienced over the many streams in the area.|
|1979||July to September||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1979||October||Minor to moderate flooding for 3 to 4 days occurred in the Macintyre River after local heavy rainfall on 20th.|
|1979||November to December||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
Updated November 2010.