QUEENSLAND FLOOD SUMMARY 1990 - 1999
|1990||January||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1990||February||On the 2nd ,
tropical Cyclone "Nancy"
produced heavy rains and local flooding to the Gold Coast hinterland
A canoeist drowned in a flooded creek near Canungra. Minor to moderate
flooding in the Nerang River continued till 3rd .
Also minor to
moderate flooding in the Albert River continued
till 3rd and minor
flooding in the Logan River from the 3rd till early
Scattered thunderstorms activity on 23rd in the upper Paroo River catchment resulted in moderate flooding in the Eulo area and continued as minor to moderate flooding till the end of the month. On 24th minor flooding commenced in the Bulloo River around the Adavale to Quilpie area , also continuing till the end of the month.
Moderate to heavy rainfall in the Metropolitan /Sunshine Coast area on the 24th produced flooding in low lying areas of Brisbane and parts of the southern Sunshine Coast . Flooding became more extensive the next day , causing traffic disabilities.
Minor flooding on the 25th in the Mary River above Gympie , easing the next day.
continued to be issued for the
Paroo and Bulloo rivers to the 14th .
Minor to moderate flooding in the North and South Johnstone rivers on the 23rd was associated with the low that was formerly Cyclone "Ivor". Major flooding developed in the lower Herbert River early on the morning of Saturday 24th [election day] and also in the lower Tully River. The townships of Ingham and Halifax on the Herbert River were isolated as was Euramo on the Tully River. A bus full of passengers narrowly averted disaster when caught in 1.5 metre floodwaters on the Bruce Highway just north of Ingham.
Major flooding developed further south in the Haughton River on Sunday 25th
Causing floodwaters to enter the town of Giru. Minor to moderate flooding was also recorded during the month in the Pioneer and Connors rivers, Funnel Creek, Mary and Upper Dawson rivers.
commenced in western areas on the !st
and 2nd with general rains in the catchments of the Bulloo
rivers and the Thomson and Barcoo rivers. By the
4th , rains had
extended into the Warrego catchment causing
flooding in the upper
and middle reaches of the Warrego River and by the 11th, general rains
had extended into the Maranoa and Balonne rivers.
persisted over these catchments between the 12th and 18th causing a
of flooding in all streams , together with widespread traffic
Further heavy rains fell over a wide area of western Queensland in the 3 days ended Friday 20th . Some of the 72 hour totals included : Aramac 352mm, Rewan 239mm, Barcaldine 213mm, Tiree 175mm, Blackall 173mm, Muttaburra 173mm, Longreach 165mm, Alpha 163mm, Isisford 160mm, Morven 155mm, Augathella 149mm, Mitchell 130mm and Cunnamulla 122mm. Flood runoff from this rain on previously saturated catchments generated record flood levels in a number of western streams including :
Warrego River between Augathella and Wyandra.Major flooding also occurred in the Thomson River and Cooper Creek , the Bulloo and Paroo rivers, Nebine, Wallam and Mungallala creeks , Balonne , Macintyre Nogoa, Dawson and Belyando rivers , with heights approaching record levels in a number of these streams.
Record flood levels in the Warrego River at Augathella and Charleville exceeded the previous highest levels by a little more than a metre. At Alpha the level peaked about one metre higher than the previous highest in 1950. At Blackall , the level exceeded the previous highest flood in 1910 by about one half metre.
The devastation in Charleville required total evacuation of the town and major disaster relief action in the aftermath.
commencement of May, flood warnings remained
current for many inland Queensland river systems following the
April flooding. Major flooding continued in the lower parts of the Balonne
River, Warrego and Paroo rivers , Thomson and Barcoo
and Cooper Creek during the first week to 10 days.
at Nappamerrie station near the Queensland - South Australia border
at 9.38 metres on Tuesday 15th which was the highest level since the
flood of 10.13 metres.
Renewed river rises occurred in the Thomson , Barcoo , Bulloo and Paroo rivers as a result of widespread heavy rain in 24 hours to 0900 Tuesday 22nd. Moderate to major flooding developed along the Thomson and Barcoo rivers in particular , with the combined flow from these streams producing a peak of 5.92 metres at Windorah (Cooper Creek) on Wednesday 30th. Minor to moderate flooding also continued in the Macintyre River , and in the Condamine-Balonne systems during the last week of May.
|1990||June||Continuing from May, minor to moderate flooding in the Paroo and Bulloo rivers till the 4th ,moderate to major flooding in the Barcoo River till the 8th , and minor to moderate flooding in the Condamine and Balonne systems till the 8th . Local heavy rains in parts of the Southern Carpentaria and adjacent parts of the central inland during the second half of the first week produced moderate flooding in the Flinders River from Hughenden to Richmond from the 6th till 8th and renewed rises in the Thomson River and Cooper Creek continuing till the 28th.|
|1990||July||Minor flooding in the Macintyre River for last 2 days.|
|1990||August||Minor flooding in the Macintyre River for first 3 days.|
|No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
announced the arrival of the 'wet'
season, which subsequently developed into one of the busiest flood
periods since 1974. Extensive flooding commenced in coastal catchments
between Cairns and Townsville during the period 23rd to 25th with flood
warnings issued for the Tully and
Johnstone rivers and adjacent
General southwest movement of Cyclone "Joy" and eventual landfall in the Ayr region, led to severe local flooding along the Central Coast. Major flooding occurred on the 27th in the Pioneer, Don and Haughton rivers, with minor flooding in the Lower Burdekin River.
Very heavy rains fell in the headwaters of the Connors and Isaac rivers and Funnel Creek during late December as Cyclone "Joy" degenerated into a rain depression. 72 hour totals to 0900 on the 30th included : Blue Mountain 83lmm, Waitara 506mm, Connors Junction 373mm and Saltbush Park 345mm. Major flooding with record river levels extended to the Mackenzie River by the 31st with flood warnings current for the Fitzroy River and tributaries at the end of the month.
flooding occurred in coastal and inland
areas during January. the FitzroyRiver at
Rockhampton peaked at
9.15 metres on Monday 7th , then fell slightly before rising to a
peak of 9.30 metres on Saturday 12th , the third highest flood on
since readings began in about 1860. Extensive damage was associated
Approximately 300 houses were flooded above ground level, and about 50 houses above floor level. Road and rail links were completely cut and the airport closed to fixed wing aircraft. Four deaths were attributed to the flooding. One man drowned while swimming in the swollen Fitzroy River on 28th December 1990, and three men drowned after their boat overturned in floodwaters on 9th January 1991. Extensive losses and damage was incurred by the rural sector. The total damage bill for the Rockhampton flood has been estimated at more than $10 million.
Continued heavy rainfalls caused by ex Cyclone "Joy" along coastal areas caused minor to moderate flooding to develop in all coastal streams between Cairns and Gladstone during January. Flooding in the Tully, Herbert, Haughton, LowerBurdekin, Don, and Pioneer rivers caused widespread traffic hazards, flooding of low lying properties and isolation of towns for several days. Serious flooding occurred in the small township of Giru on the HaughtonRiver as floodwaters broke their banks and flooded many houses and streets of the town in early January.
Widespread heavy rain over most of Queensland during mid to late January caused flooding to develop in many other areas of the State. Major flooding developed in the Gulf area including the Flinders, Cloncurry and Norman rivers, causing extensive stock losses. Many towns and communities remained isolated and food and fodder re-supply operations were carried out throughout January.
Flood warnings were also issued for rivers in the central and southern areas of the State as minor to moderate flooding developed in the Thomson, Paroo, and Bulloo rivers. Rain toward the end of January caused minor flooding in the Macintyre system , and in Warrill Creek to the south of Ipswich.
|1991||February||During the first
few days of February, very
heavy rainfall occurred over the catchments of the Bowen and
rivers and the lower Burdekin system downstream of
Dam. River levels began rising overnight on Saturday 2nd and continued
throughout Sunday 3rd. The river peaked at Inkerman Bridge at around
on Monday 4th at 12.43 metres, the third highest flood on record.
flooding of the Home Hill and Ayr districts accompanied the peak. The
of Home Hill was flooded with depths of up to 0.6 metres in the main
Evacuations of low lying residents were carried out in Home Hill and
small township of Clare. Widespread damage was caused to sugar cane
in the district.
Major flooding developed in the upper parts of the Burdekin River following rainfalls of 200mm during the 18th to 20th. River rises and record flooding developed in the Burdekin River upstream of the Dam. The river at Sellheim peaked at 19.6 metres on the 20th, the second highest flood on record. The Burdekin Dam which was already spilling, rose to 6.85 metres above the spillway on the 21st. Moderate flooding occurred along the Lower Burdekin River downstream of the dam with river levels in the Home Hill district peaking about 1 metre lower than the flood of early February.
Flooding also occurred in the Tully and Herbert rivers during the first few days of February with many roads and low lying properties flooded. Areas of rain continued along Queensland's North Tropical Coast during early February, maintaining minor flood levels in most rivers.
Heavy rain returned to the Tully and Herbert rivers during the 16th and 17th with 24 hour rainfall totals exceeding 200 mm. Major flooding subsequently developed in the Herbert River, with a peak of 12.22 metres at Gairloch on Monday 18th. This was the third highest flood on record and caused major flooding at Ingham and in downstream areas around Halifax. Two thirds of the town was inundated, with water up to 5 metres deep in low lying areas. The main street of Ingham had water up to 2 metres deep. More than 150 people were evacuated from their homes. Extensive damage was caused to road and rail infrastructure with the damage bill likely to exceed several million dollars.
Flooding in the Haughton River also caused inundation of the small township of Giru several times during February. The Giru flooding was the worst in living memory for local residents.
On the night of Thursday 7th very heavy rain of around 200mm fell over areas of the Logan system and Warrill Creek catchments to the south of Brisbane. Three people drowned at flooded road crossings during the flash flooding that followed. Extensive damage occurred to rural properties, fencing and crops in the Boonah, Rathdowney and Kalbar areas and a school at Kooralbyn was destroyed. Flooding subsequently developed in the Logan River and record flood levels were recorded at several locations. Flooding of low lying properties, roads and bridges accompanied the flood peak. Several houses were flooded in the suburbs of Logan City in the Waterford area during the weekend of 9th and 10th. Analysis of the rainfalls recorded during the storm has shown that rainfall intensifies exceeded 1 in 100 year average recurrence intervals at some locations.
Major flooding continued throughout February in the Flinders and Cloncurry rivers with many towns and properties remaining isolated. Emergency food and fodder resupply operations continued throughout the month.
Further rain during early February over most of central and western Queensland produced major flooding in most inland river systems. Major flooding developed in the Paroo and Bulloo rivers with the Paroo River at Eulo peaking at 5.45 metres on 8th , the 4th highest flood on record.
In the Thomson River, major flooding occurred during early February with flooding extending down to the Cooper Creek during mid February.
Major flooding also developed in the Diamantina and Georgina rivers, with Birdsville peaking at 8.2 metres on 25th . Widespread flooding and traffic difficulties continued throughout February in these areas with many towns isolated.
|1991||March||Flooded rivers in northern and western areas of the State commenced falling in March. Major flooding around Birdsville continued to ease slowly with the river dropping to minor flood levels around the 22nd. Major flooding in Cooper Creek in south west Queensland continued, with the main flood waters approaching South Australia in late March.|
|No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1991||December||Severe flooding of some coastal streams occurred in South East Queensland from Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th. Areas of major flooding along the Bremer River, Bundamba and Warrill Creeks caused significant property loss and damage. In the Bundamba Creek area, forty two people were rescued from flooded homes. Minor to moderate flooding occurred in the Logan and Mary rivers but no significant damage was reported.|
|1992||January||Heavy rain from thunderstorms during the evening of 9th caused local flooding at Boonah, Beaudesert and Kooralbyn. Some rains caused moderate to major flooding the Logan and Albert and Bremer rivers during the 10th. Flooding eased the next day.|
rainfalls caused minor flooding
Paroo, Bulloo and Macintyre rivers from 10th
to 19th .
Major flooding occurred in the coastal catchments from Gladstone to Caloundra during the period 21st to 24th. Very heavy rainfalls in the coastal area between Bundaberg and Maryborough overnight on Thursday 21st resulted in severe flooding along the Cherwell River with several houses inundated.
The heavy rainfalls continued in the Mary system and along the Sunshine Coast for the next 36 hours and resulted in major flooding of urban areas and extensive flooding of rural areas. Rainfall totals in the 48 hours to 0900 on Saturday 22nd ranged from 150mm in the lower reaches of the system to over 700mm in the upper reaches above Gympie. A major flood peak of 21.44 metres at Gympie on Saturday night 22nd resulted in extensive inundation of the commercial area of the city and flood damages estimated at several million dollars. Further downstream at Maryborough, the river reached a major flood peak of 9.50 metres on Monday afternoon. Over 100 commercial and residential premises were inundated by floodwaters.
Record rainfalls ranging from 300mm to over 700 mm along the Sunshine Coast in the 24 hours to 0900 on Saturday 22nd resulted in major flooding along the Noosa , Maroochy and Mooloolah rivers with several hundred premises being inundated. Major flooding.in the upper reaches of the Stanley River occurred during Saturday 22nd and one motorist was drowned attempting to drive across a flooded river crossing.
Towards the end of February, two days of rain with falls up to 120mm caused minor to moderate flooding along the Georgina and Diamantina rivers.
rainfalls associated with tropical
Cyclone "Fran" were recorded in the coastal
area between Gladstone
and Brisbane overnight on Sunday 15th. Further rainfall during Monday
caused flooding to develop in coastal streams and rivers between
and Brisbane. Minor to moderate flooding in the Burnett River
major flooding in the Kolan River caused Bundaberg
and the Town
of 1770 to be isolated. Power disruptions, traffic disabilities and
of low lying areas continued throughout 16th and 17th . Flooding in the
Cherwell River resulted in
100 people being evacuated and
Moderate flooding occurred in the upper reaches of the Mary River with Gympie peaking at 16.1 metres at l300 on 17th. This caused disruptions to traffic, rail and air services. No significant flood damage was reported. Downstream of Gympie major flooding occurred in the Tiaro area but Maryborough peaked at 6.65 metres at 1330 on 18th causing only minor flooding.
Major flooding occurred in the upper reaches of the Brisbane and Stanley rivers. No reports of damage were received. Minor flooding occurred in some of the Brisbane Metropolitan Creeks causing minor traffic problems.
|No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1992||November||Moderate to heavy rainfall in the Macintyre catchment on 17th resulted in local to minor flooding downstream of Yetman to Goondiwindi from 20th to 22nd.|
|1992||December||Widespread moderate with local heavy rains during the two days to 18th caused minor flooding in the Barcoo River to 20th, minor flooding in the Warrego to 21st and moderate flooding in the Paroo and Bulloo rivers until the end of the month.|
|1993||January||Heavy rains on 10th caused local flooding in creeks and closed roads in the Bowen area and Proserpine to Shute Harbour. Railway lines from St Lawrence to Sarina were also closed, being up to 2 metres under water. Moderate to major flooding also developed in the Connors River and Funnel Creek, resulting in moderate flooding downstream along the Isaacs River up until 16th.|
|1993||February||Moderate rains (towards the end of January) caused minor to moderate flooding in the Paroo River from 4th to 10th. Widespread rains in far northwest Queensland to 15th caused closure of the Barkley Highway from Mt Isa to Camooweal, and extensive flooding in the Albert, Nicholson and Gregory rivers. Burketown and Doomadgee were isolated by floodwaters, and food drops were required to isolated properties. Minor to moderate flooding commenced in the Georgina and Diamantina rivers. On 18th, the Tully River experienced minor flooding after heavy overnight rain.|
|1993||March||Flooding of western rivers continued from the previous month with minor flooding in the Diamantina River till 9th, and extending from the Georgina River to Eyre Creek till 22nd.|
|No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1993||December||The floods in the Paroo, Warrego, lower Condamine and Balonne rivers were generally only minor in nature and there were no reports of significant flood damage during this period. Beardmore Dam on the Balonne River filled during this event.|
|1994||January||On the afternoon
of 19th, very heavy rainfall
was recorded over a few hours in the Brisbane area and also on the Gold
Coast. This resulted in localised flash flooding but minor flood levels
on Brisbane Creeks were not exceeded.
At the end of January, tropical Cyclone "Sarah" dumped very heavy rainfall, up to 500mm in 12 to 18 hours at some locations, in the Johnstone, Tully and Herbert rivers. As a consequence, some of the major flood levels reached in these catchments were the highest in 6 to 8 years. The flooding caused widespread traffic problems and significant damage to crops adjacent to watercourses.
Because of the relative significance of this event, a report, "Coastal River Floods, Northern Queensland, February 1994", was compiled and issued to local governments and FWCC members.
rainfalls of 100 to 150 mm over the
Warrego and Maranoa areas during the first week of February caused
flooding in the Warrego River and moderate flooding
in the Paroo
and Bulloo rivers. Minor flooding also occurred in the Barcoo
and Thomson rivers.
In mid February heavy localised rainfall caused moderate to major flooding in the lower reaches of the Moonie and Weir rivers but there were no reports of significant flood damage. At the same time, heavy falls of 50 to 150mm in the lower reaches of the Condamine system initially caused minor flooding.
|1994||March||In the first
week of March, further heavy rainfalls
were recorded across central and southern districts of Queensland. With
Beardmore Dam full, this caused renewed rises in the Condamine,
and Maranoa systems with major flooding occurring below St
continuing down to the NSW / Queensland border until the end of March.
These rains also caused major flooding in the Dawson, Mackenzie and Isaac rivers and moderate to major flooding in the Flinders and nearby rivers, in the Paroo and Bulloo rivers and also in the Thomson and Barcoo rivers and Cooper Creek. Flooding in the later systems was the most significant since April 1990 and continued until the end of March.
|No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1995||January||Moderate to heavy rainfall in the far south west of the State during the middle of January caused moderate to major flooding in the Bulloo and Paroo rivers which continued until the end of January. This rain also resulted in major flooding of the lower reaches of the Georgina and Diamantina rivers and Eyre Creek which continued until the end of February.|
the Sunshine Coast during the
middle of February caused moderate flooding in the Mary and
rivers to 17th. Isolated heavy rainfall also caused significant
along the Dawson River with major flooding at
Taroom and minor flooding
down the lower reaches. Minor flooding also occurred in the Moonie
between 19th and 28th.
Heavy rainfall in the north tropical coast towards the later part of February resulted in minor flooding in the Tully River and adjacent coastal streams.
|1995||March||Localised heavy rainfall in the Cairns area and adjacent coastal strip caused minor flooding in the Barron River in mid-March.|
|No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1995||November||The rain which
fell around the middle of the
month caused widespread flooding in southern Queensland from the Bulloo
River in the far south west to the Bremer River in the south east
of the State.
Moderate flooding occurred in the upper reaches of the Bremer River and Warrill Creek from the 20th to 21st but only small rises resulted in the lower reaches of the Bremer.
In the Dawson River, moderate flooding occurred in the upper reaches around Taroom about 21st and minor to moderate flooding extended downstream until the 24th.
flooding developed in the Weir and
Moonie rivers which extended into early December. Similarly,
floods also occurred in the Paroo and Bulloo rivers
at this time.
The November floods in the Condamine-Balonne systems were the highest recorded for several years and widespread moderate to major flooding occurred from Warwick to St George. Beardmore Dam on the Balonne River filled during this event which extended into early December in the lower Balonne River.
There were no reports of significant damage recorded during these floods but there were road traffic problems in the western rivers for an extended period.
|1996||January||The influence of
tropical Cyclone Barry
which developed in the Gulf of Carpentaria in early January spread from
the Gulf to the south east corner of Queensland and produced widespread
rainfall and flooding. Flood warnings were issued for the Gulf,
Barcoo, Warrego, Dawson, Burnett, Mary, Condamine, Balonne, Weir,
and Moonie rivers.
The flooding in the Condamine-Balonne system was the highest since 1988 with areas between Condamine Town and the NSW border remaining above major flood level for nearly two weeks. In the Balonne River, flood levels were the highest on record at Warkon and Surat and the highest since 1990 at St George. There were few reports of houses being inundated but many towns and properties were isolated for nearly two weeks because of the extensive flooding of roads and bridges.
The Macintyre River at Goondiwindi had three major floods in three weeks with the third peak of 12.61 metres on the 25th being the highest level on record. The flood was contained by the town levee but isolated the town for several days. Some properties downstream of Goondiwindi were isolated for nearly three weeks.
Major flooding also occurred along the Moonie and Weir rivers during the whole of January, isolating many rural properties and smaller towns.
Moderate flooding developed in the upper reaches of the Warrego River above Charleville from 9th and minor flooding extended downstream to the NSW border up to 18th.
Major flooding was also reported in the Barcoo River at Blackall where the evacuation of several houses was necessary. The flooding extended downstream to Isisford and Retreat and, at the end of January, was causing moderate flooding on Cooper Creek at Karmona.
During the 9th and 10th, a line of storms moved down the Queensland coastline and produced very heavy rainfall of up to 240mm in around 6 hours in the Burnett,Burrum and Mary rivers. This resulted in some localised major flooding in the lower Mary and Burnett Rivers but on the whole, only minor to moderate flooding was reported with little reported damage. The Dawson River experienced major flooding during the middle of the month but no significant flooding was reported downstream on the Fitzroy River.
Later in the month tropical Cyclone "Celeste" caused minor flooding on the DonRiver around Bowen. One fatality was reported when a man drowned trying to cross a fast flowing coastal stream near Bowen.
|1996||February||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1996||March||In early March, heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the north tropical coast from Ingham to Innisfail. Major flooding occurred in the Tully and Johnstone rivers while only minor flooding occurred in the lower Herbert River. Serious flooding occurred north of Cairns, particularly in the Daintree area which reportedly had its highest flood since the 1950s. Some localised major flooding also occurred in the lower Barcoo River in south west Queensland around the middle of the month.|
|1996||April||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
dominated by widespread flooding in
the south east of the state during the first two weeks. The flooding
affected most areas from the Sunshine Coast to the NSW border and as
inland as Dalby was the most severe flooding since the devastating
of January 1974.
Myall Creek: Myall Creek experienced heavy rainfalls from Wed 1st to Sat 4th which caused considerable flooding in the Dalby area, rising to a height of 2.90 metres on the Patrick St gauge. This was the highest recorded flood level since 1984 when a flood height of 3.10 metres was reached. During the peak of the flood all major roads to Dalby were cut, several business were affected by the floodwaters, and a local caravan park required evacuation.
Condamine River: The Condamine catchment upstream of Warwick was relatively dry at the beginning of May, however with average rainfalls of over 200mm during the first week, the catchment soon became saturated and river levels began rising. By Friday 3rd, river levels in the Killarney area had risen about 3 metres, Connolly Dam had commenced spilling and river levels were rising quickly in the Warwick area. Further rainfalls with isolated 24 hour totals between 75mm and 100mm were reported during the next few days causing major flooding. The Killarney flood peak of 6.15 metres on Monday 6th was similar to the February 1976 level. The river broke its banks at Killarney and inundated the main street with water up to 1 metre deep. Several businesses suffered flood damage. Major flooding of the Condamine River also affected rural properties upstream of Warwick. The Condamine River at Warwick rose during Monday 6th and finally peaked at Warwick (McCahon Bridge) at a height of about 6.6 metres Monday evening This caused major flooding in the Warwick area, requiring the evacuation of 23 premises. Many of these properties experienced flooded yards and one house suffered above floor flooding. The Warwick flood peak of 6.6 metres was the highest since the record flood of February 1976 when the Condamine River at McCahon Bridge rose to a height of 9.10 metres causing major residential flooding in the Warwick area.
Major flooding continued down the Condamine - Balonne River system, with the main flood peak reaching the NSW border area during the last week of May. St George reached a peak of 10.11 metres on 21st .
Logan & Albert Rivers: Flooding in the Albert & Logan Rivers caused widespread rural and road flooding but no significant residential flooding. The Albert River at Bromfleet peaked at 13.6 metres with moderate flooding at around 9am Friday 3rd. Moderate to major flooding in the Logan River peaked in the Waterford area early Saturday 4th at about 6.9 metres. At this level the Waterford Bridge was inundated by about 1.9 metres and was impassable. The bridge remained inundated by flood waters and impassable for the next 5 days. Rainfalls picked up again during Sunday 5th and Monday 6th, with average falls of approx 50mm, and isolated falls of over 150 mm in The Mt Tamborine area on both Sunday and Monday. The Albert River at Bromfleet rose quickly during Monday due and peaked on Tuesday 7th at 13.95 metres causing moderate flooding, but remained just below the bridge height of 14.2 metres. The Logan River peaked again at Macleans Bridge on Tuesday afternoon at 15 metres (about 2 metres below the bridge Deck). The river peaked at Waterford Tuesday night at about 7.5 metres, about 2.5 metres above the Waterford Bridge.
Heavy rainfalls also caused rises in Slacks and Scrubby Creeks which caused flooding of low lying properties in the Marsden area. Several properties were inundated with depths up to 0.5 metres.
Brisbane River Basin: Heavy rainfalls and flooding were reported throughout the Brisbane catchment during the first week of May with widespread 7 day rainfall totals of up to 600mm. A tidal surge caused by the low pressure system and gale force winds caused higher than normal tides in the Brisbane River which also contributed to flooding in low lying areas.
Runoff from the first peak in the Bremer River combined with the tidal surge and local runoff in the Brisbane City reaches caused higher than normal tides at the Port Office during Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th. The observed high tide at the Port Office on Saturday 4th at 2255 was 1.99 metres AHD (0.61 metres above the predicted tide). On Sunday 5th the high tide at 2338 was 1.94 metres AHD (0.57 metres above the predicted tide). Minor flood level at the Port Office is 1.70 metres.
At Lowood the Brisbane River started to rise as floodwaters from Lockyer Creek moved downstream causing a minor flood peak of 12.26 metres at about 2100 on Sunday 5th. Downstream at the Mt Crosby Weir the flood peaked at 14.10 metres at 1200 on Sunday 5th. These floodwaters combined with runoff from the Bremer River produced a Moggill peak of about 7.10 metres AHD at about 0300 on Monday 6th. The effect at the Port Office was a height of 1.60 metres AHD (0.79 metres above predicted tide) at 1200 on Monday 6th and 1.74 metres AHD (0.40 metres above predicted tide) at the next high tide just after midnight.
Flood levels at gauges on the Brisbane River downstream of Lowood during this event were the highest recorded since January 1974. They were however well under flood levels recorded during January 1974. For example in 1974 the height at Mt Crosby was 26.74 metres, the height at Moggill was 19.93 metres and the Port Office reached 5.45 metres AHD.
During this event , inflow from the Stanley River and tributaries caused the storage level in Somerset Dam to rise from about 54% to just over Full Supply Level. Moderate flooding in the Upper Brisbane River caused the storage level in Wivenhoe Dam to rise from 57% to nearly 90%of Full Supply Level. During this flood event there were no releases from Wivenhoe Dam or Somerset Dam.
Laidley Creek suffered major flooding with a major flood peak of 9.00 metres at Mulgowie on Friday 3rd. At the Showground Weir site a major flood peak of 8.25 metres was also reached on Friday 3rd. Further rainfalls in the catchment during Saturday 4th caused a second major flood peak of 9.09 metres at Mulgowie on Sunday 5th. The Showground Weir peak reached 8.25 metres.
Combined runoff from the Lockyer Creek and tributaries as well as runoff from Laidley Creek caused river rises on Lockyer Creek at Glenore Grove during Thursday 2nd with major flooding commencing on Friday 3rd. A peak of 13.62 metres was recorded at Glenore Grove at 0900 on Friday 3rd. Flood levels started to recede slowly at Glenore Grove during Friday afternoon and Saturday morning but started to rise again as further rainfall fell upstream and a second major flood peak of 14.30 metres was reached at 0900 on Sunday the 5th. The flood level at Glenore Grove remained above major flood height from early Friday morning till late on Sunday night. The peak of 14.30 metres is the highest flood peak at Glenore Grove since January 1974 when it reached 14.94 metres.
Downstream at Lyons Bridge the flood peaked at 16.44 metres at 0900 on Sunday 5th. This was 0.10 metres below the peak of the January 1974 flood. Flooding in the Lockyer Creek catchment caused extensive crop damage. Evacuations were carried out around Laidley and in the Glenore Grove area. The Warrego Highway was cut near Glenore Grove. Numerous other roads were cut during this flood event isolating farm communities.
Bremer River and Warrill Creek: With the onset of the heavier rainfall on the 1st and 2nd, runoff started in the Bremer River and Warrill Creek in the early morning of Thursday 2nd. The Bremer River at Rosewood and Walloon continued to rise during Thursday and peaked at a moderate flood height on Thursday afternoon. Renewed heavy rainfall in the area that night and during Friday the 3rd caused renewed rises in the Rosewood and Walloon areas and a major flood peak of 6.20 metres was recorded at Rosewood at noon on Friday 3rd. Downstream at Walloon a major flood peak of 8.20 metres was also recorded at noon. This peak is the highest recorded at Walloon since the floods of January 1974 when the peak at Walloon was 8.70 metres.
On Warrill Creek a major flood peak of 6.75 metres was reported at Amberley at about 2100 on Friday 3rd . This peak was about 3.4 metres below the January 1974 peak. Upstream at Harrisville and Kalbar major flooding was also occurring during Friday. The combined runoff from Walloon and Amberley as well as Purga Creek runoff caused a moderate flood peak of 11.31 metres at the David Trumpy Bridge in Ipswich at 2100 on Friday 3rd. This is well below the January 1974 flood level in Ipswich of 20.70 metres. It is also below the last significant flood event during December 1991 when there was a flood peak of 13.10 metres at Ipswich.
Further rainfall was reported in the catchment on the afternoon of Saturday 4th and morning of Sunday 5th with the heaviest falls in the Rosewood to Walloon area. The subsequent moderate flood peak at Ipswich was 9.85 metres at 2300 on Sunday 5th. The floodwaters in the Ipswich area during this second peak were significantly affected by backwater flooding in the Brisbane River.
The Border Rivers area also experienced major flooding as a result of May rainfalls. The Macintyre River at Goondiwindi peaked at 8.74 metres on the 8th, well below the record January flood.
|No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1996||October||Flooding occurred in the Macintyre and Paroo rivers.|
|1996||November to December||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1997||January||Moderate flooding which commenced in the Weir River in January continued into the middle of February. Further heavy rain towards the middle of the month resulted in renewed rises and moderate to major flooding in the catchment.|
|1997||February||The first week
of February was dominated by
widespread rainfall and major flooding in the south west of the state
continued until the end of the month.
Cyclones"Gillian" and "Ita"
caused some heavy rainfalls on the north coast during the middle and
the end of the month but no major flooding resulted.
Logan & Albert Rivers: Minor flooding occurred in the upper Logan-Albert rivers during 15th and 16th.
Bremer River: Minor flooding occurred in the upper Bremer River and Warrill Creek during 15th to 16th .
Fitzroy River: Heavy rainfall towards the end of the month caused moderate flooding in the Connors and Isaacs rivers. Very heavy localised rainfall up to 300mm in 24 hours to 0900 27th caused rapid rises and major flooding in the lower Dawson River around Baralaba.
The floods which had commenced in the Connors and lower Dawson in February continued into March and were aggravated by several periods of heavy rainfall. This resulted in widespread minor to moderate flooding throughout the Fitzroy catchment with minor to moderate flooding in the Connors, Mackenzie and Dawson rivers.
At the end of February, runoff from these systems resulted in minor flooding in the lower Fitzroy River which continued up to 17th March.
Pioneer River: The Pioneer River was subjected to three periods of intense rainfall during the month; 12th to 13th , 24th to 25th and on 26th. There was some major flooding at Finch Hatton during these events but only minor flooding in the lower Pioneer River.
Don River: During 24th to 25th, minor flooding occurred in the Don River.
Burdekin River: The heavy rainfall from Cyclone "Ita" resulted in some heavy rainfalls in the headwaters of the Bowen River which resulted in some minor to moderate flooding in the Burdekin River below Burdekin Falls Dam.
Haughton River: Moderate flooding also occurred in the Haughton River during the same period.
Lower Balonne and Maranoa Rivers and Wallam and Mungallala Creeks: Flooding in these rivers and streams commenced at the beginning of February with the onset of the heavy rain and was continued to the end of the month. Major flooding occurred in the Maranoa and Wallam and Mungallala during two periods, one at the start of the month and the other towards the middle of the month. Houses in the township of Bollon were affected during this period. Flood caused the isolation of towns and rural properties and cut roads, resulting in significant damage.
Macintyre River: Heavy rainfall in the headwaters of the Macintyre River in NSW resulted in moderate flooding at Goondiwindi in late February.
Moonie River: Major flooding commenced in the Moonie River around 17th and continued to the end of the month.
Warrego River: The floods in the Warrego River commenced in the upper reaches at the beginning of the month and continued to the NSW border to the end of February.
During this time, the Warrego River reached 7.4 metres at Charleville, the second highest flood on record and 1.15 metres lower than the record level of April 1990. Hundreds of people were evacuated and some 50 to 60 houses and business premises inundated.
Paroo and Bulloo Rivers: The weather systems which brought the heavy rainfall to the Warrego catchment in February also caused major flooding in the Paroo and Bulloo Rivers. This resulted in the cutting of transport routes and isolation of rural properties.
Thomson and Barcoo Rivers and Cooper Creek: Major flooding commenced in the Thomson and Barcoo rivers at the start of February and continued in the lower reaches of Cooper Creek below Windorah into April. At Blackall, flood waters caused inundation of a small number of houses.
Diamantina and Georgina Rivers: Moderate to major flooding commenced in early February and continued in the lower reaches well into April.
|1997||March||Two periods of
heavy rainfall during March,
the first at the beginning of the month and the second later in the
caused extensive flooding in several coastal catchments from the
River to the Johnstone River.
Between 5th and 8th, minor flooding occurred in the Maroochy and Mary rivers in southern Queensland and in the Herbert River in north Queensland
Cyclone "Justin" brought heavy rainfall to the north Queensland coast from Cairns to Bowen from 22nd, resulting in widespread flooding with levels being the highest for several years.
Herbert River: Major flooding which occurred in the lower Herbert River during late March resulted in flood levels which were the highest recorded for several decades at some locations.
Tully River: The Bruce Highway was cut at several locations around Tully during late March with widespread moderate flooding.
Johnstone River: The major flooding which occurred in the Johnstone River around the same period resulted in similar major flood levels experienced in the last 5 years at Innisfail.
Another period of heavy rain commenced in western Queensland towards the first week in Marchand caused renewed rises in most rivers and streams from Roma west to the Queensland/Northern Territory border.
In mid-March, the flood levels reached in the township of Roma were the highest for about 50 years resulting in extensive inundation of the town. Moderate to major flooding occurred along the main Balonne River from Surat to the NSW border, including the Maranoa River, and continued until 19th.
Early in March, minor to moderate flooding commenced along the Warrego River and continued in the lower reaches until mid-March.
During March, minor to moderate flooding occurred along the Paroo and Bulloo rivers and continued till the last week in March.
Moderate to major flooding continued in the Thomson and Barcoo rivers and Cooper Creek throughout March with renewed rises during the second week. Flooding in the lower Cooper continued well into April.
Gulf Rivers: Major flooding occurred in the Leichhardt and Cloncurry rivers at the start of March with near record levels beginning recorded at Mt Isa and Cloncurry. At both towns, numerous houses and properties were inundated when river levels rose and fell several times during the first week of March. Major flooding continued in the lower reaches of the Flinders River for several weeks later.
|No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1997||November||Minor to moderate flooding in the Paroo River.|
|1997||December||Minor to moderate flooding in the Paroo River. Minor flooding in the Tully River.|
flooding occurred at the beginning
of the month in the western border and Gulf rivers and in the Cape York
Peninsula, as the monsoonal low crossed the coast. The heavy rainfall
in the north east as the monsoonal low tracked southeast and resulted
flooding in minor to major flooding in the coastal rivers from the
River south to the Burdekin River.
The low was almost stationary over Townsville for much of Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th and the intense rainfall resulted in major flooding. Damage to houses and businesses was significant as was damage to roads, bridges and other public infrastructure.
Johnstone River : Heavy rainfall in the lower Johnstone catchment resulted in rapid river rises and minor to moderate flooding in the North Johnstone and South Johnstone rivers from 9th to 10th. However flood levels were below minor flood level at Innisfail.
Tully River : Major flooding occurred along the Tully River, overtopping the Bruce Highway by up to 0.70 metres at Euramo from 9th to 11th.
Herbert River : Flooding in the Herbert River occurred as a result of the very heavy rainfall on the night of 10th. River levels rose very rapidly to cause major flooding at Ingham from 10th to 12th. Continued localised rain resulted in flood levels being maintained for a longer period downstream at Halifax.
Ross and Black Rivers and Bluewater Creek : Bluewater Creek and Black River responded very quickly to the torrential rainfall which commenced on the afternoon and evening of Saturday 10th. Flash flooding occurred in Townsville and the surrounds , with levels metres higher than previously recorded. Major flooding resulted in large areas of the city. Thuringowa was inundated with significant damage to houses and businesses. Due to the mitigating effect of the Ross River dam, flood levels in the Ross River below the Dam peaked some 48 hours after the heavy rainfall.
Haughton River : Intense rain on the afternoon and evening of 10th resulted in rapid rises in the Haughton River and major flooding at Giru. Floodwaters remained steady and above the major flood level at Giru from 11th to 13th before rapidly receding.
Burdekin River : Very heavy rainfall in the upper Burdekin catchment caused rapid river rises and major flooding upstream of Burdekin Dam on 11th. The storage of the dam attenuated the flood peak and only minor flooding was recorded downstream to Inkerman Bridge , which experienced minor flooding from 12th to 18th.
Paroo and Bulloo Rivers : Rain in western Queensland caused in rises in the Paroo and Bulloo rivers with major flooding in the Paroo River between 13th to 21st and moderate flooding in the Bulloo River from 10th to 22nd. This resulted in the cutting of transport routes and isolation of rural properties.
|1998||February||Several days of
heavy rain towards the beginning
of the month caused minor to major flooding in a number of basins in
and south west Queensland. Further rain in the northern tropics towards
the end of the month resulted in minor flooding in the Barron River.
was followed at the end of the month by very heavy rainfall from ex
tropical Cyclone "May" along the Gulf
coast causing major flooding
in the Gulf rivers.
Dawson River : Moderate to heavy rainfalls in Juandah Creek in the upper Dawson River catchment at the beginning of the month caused river rises in that area and minor to moderate flooding from Taroom to Beckers over the following week.
Paroo and Bulloo system : Rain in western Queensland caused in rises in the Paroo River between Eulo and Hungerford and the Bulloo River between Quilpie and Thargomindah. Minor flood warnings issued for the Paroo River between the 12th to 19th and minor to moderate flood warnings issued for the Bulloo River from the 10th to 16th .
Condamine-Balonne system : Heavy rain in the area between Morven and Mitchell around 10th resulted in minor flooding in the Maranoa River and minor to moderate flooding in Mungallala Creek. Further heavy falls caused similar rises in the southerly streams of the Balonne River between Miles and Roma. The main floodwaters in the Balonne River which caused major flooding downstream of St George, were a result of the Maranoa River floods. However high flood levels were maintained for several days by the upper Balonne River floods passing through. An initial warning was issued on 10th and finalised on 24th .
Barron River : Heavy rainfall in the northern part of the Barron catchment resulted in rapid rises in river levels downstream of Bilwon. Flood warnings to minor flood levels were issued on 25th and 26th .
Gulf Rivers : Very heavy rain started to fall around Burketown and inland from 27th and caused rises in the Nicholson, Albert, Leichhardt and Albert Rivers. An initial flood warning was issued on 27th for minor to moderate flooding.
continuous rainfall occurred along
the coast of the Gulf Country between Burketown and Normanton and
to about the Flinders Highway from 26 February to 6 March 1998. River
started to rise in the lower reaches of the Gulf Rivers, 24 to 48 hours
after the start of the heavy rainfall, with peak levels occurring 6.5
8 days after the start of the rain.
Major flooding occurred in the lower reaches of the Nicholson, Albert, Gregory, Leichhardt and Lower Flinders rivers. Rainfalls and flood levels in the Burketown area were particularly high. Flooding was less severe in the eastern parts of the Gulf with only moderate flooding recorded in the Norman River at Normanton.
As a result of the heavy rainfall in the Gulf, rises were also recorded in the upper reaches of the Georgina River at the beginning of the month. Minor to moderate flooding occurred in this river throughout the month as the floodwaters slowly moved downstream.
|1998||April||A band of heavy
rainfall that moved across Queensland
from the west at the end of the month caused minor to major flooding in
western catchments , [ Paroo and Bulloo rivers ] , and in the Dawson
catchment , [ Fitzroy River system ] in the Central Highlands.
Paroo and Bulloo Rivers : Following several days of heavy rain in Western Queensland around Quilpie, rises were recorded in the Paroo River downstream from Eulo, resulting in major flooding from Eulo to Hungerford. In the Bulloo River from Adavale to Thargomindah, moderate flood levels were reached. An initial flood warning was issued on 22nd for both rivers and continued for the rest of the month.
Dawson River : Moderate to heavy rainfalls in Juandah Creek and in the upper Dawson River catchment resulted in rapid rises in river levels in the upper Dawson River and moderate flooding at Taroom. Major flooding also occurred in Mimosa Creek and resulted in moderate to major flooding in the Dawson River downstream to Beckers. Further downstream, minor flooding was recorded but only extended as far as Newlands. An initial flood warning for the Dawson River was issued on 23rd April and finalised on 1st May as minor flooding eased.
|1998||May||The band of
heavy rainfall that moved across
Queensland from the west at the end of April caused minor to major
in the western catchments . [ Paroo and Bulloo rivers ], which
into early May. Widespread rainfall in early May around the Central
resulted in moderate to major flooding in the Dawson River, [ Fitzroy
system ] and the Burnett River and Condamine-Balonne catchments.
Paroo and Bulloo Rivers : Minor to moderate flooding in the Paroo and Bulloo rivers continued to ease slowly following several days of heavy rain at the end of April in Western Queensland around Quilpie. Final flood warnings were issued on 6th for both river basins.
Dawson River : An initial flood warning was issued on 5th following widespread rainfall above Taroom. Minor to moderate flooding was experienced in the Dawson River between Taroom and Moura. Local runoff and floodwaters from Mimosa Creek combined to produce major flooding in the Dawson River between Baralaba and Beckers and minor flooding at Newlands. A final flood warning for the Dawson River was issued on 10th as minor flooding eased.
Burnett River : An initial flood warning for the Burnett River downstream of Mundubbera was issued on 4th when isolated heavy rainfall resulted in the Burnett River peaking just below minor flood level at Mundubbera. Moderate flooding was experienced in the Auburn River and moderate to major flood levels were reached in the Boyne River between Dunollie and Derra. Flows from the Auburn and Boyne rivers combined with local area runoff to produce minor to moderate flooding in the Burnett River between Mundubbera and Walla. River levels fell quickly after the peaks had passed and a final flood warning was issued on 9 th.
Condamine-Balonne System : An initial flood warning was issued on 6th for the Condamine River, following isolated rainfall over several days which caused rises to minor flood level downstream of Loudoun Bridge with minor to moderate flooding extending from Loudoun Bridge to Surat. The flood waters approached a peak at Surat on 11th and produced minor to moderate flooding downstream to Whyenbah.
|1998||June||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1998||July||Several bands of
heavy rain across western and
south-east Queensland towards the end of July caused major flooding in
the Border Rivers and minor to moderate flooding in the western
of the Paroo and Bulloo rivers.
Border Rivers : An initial flood warning was issued for the Macintyre River on 20th following rainfall in the upper reaches of the catchment. Moderate flooding occurred at Goondiwindi the next day, but further rainfall on the following day caused renewed rises although only to minor flood level. As a result of this rain, minor to moderate flooding occurred downstream of Goondiwindi.
As the flooding eased at Goondiwindi, widespread heavy rainfall of up to 65mm occurred on the 27th and 28th , and resulted in rapid river rises in the Macintyre Brook, Dumaresq , Macintyre , Weir and Moonie rivers. Moderate to major flooding occurred in Macintyre Brook, Dumaresq and Macintyre rivers, with a flood peak of 10.47 metres occurring at Goondiwindi on the evening of the 30th. This flood is the third highest recorded flood. Major flooding was predicted to develop between Goondiwindi and Riverview during August. Minor flooding occurred in the Weir and Moonee rivers.
Paroo and BullooCatchments : Widespread rainfall over the western Queensland catchments from the 20th of the month resulted in initial flood warnings being issued for the Paroo and Bulloo rivers on the 21st. Minor to moderate flooding occurred initially in the lower reaches, but following continued rains in the catchments, minor to moderate flooding developed along most of the reaches of the rivers and continued into August.
of upper troughs causing north
west cloud bands and rain across western and south-east Queensland in
continued into August , prolonging the major flooding in the Border
the minor flooding in the Moonie River and the moderate flooding in the
western catchments of the Paroo and Bulloo Rivers.
A deep upper low then developed in South Australia towards the end of the August, and moved northwards towards the tropics resulting in very heavy flood producing rains. Minor to major flooding occurred in the Macintyre, Weir and Moonie rivers, Dawson, Mackenzie and Isaac rivers, Pioneer, Don and Haughton rivers and the Condamine and Balonne rivers and tributaries.
Fitzroy River Basin : Heavy rainfall in the Juandah Creek and Upper Dawson River catchments on the 27th to 28th resulted in river rises along both streams and major flooding at Taroom. River levels peaked at Taroom at 7.40 metres on the 29th, 1.40 metres above the major flood level. The floodwaters continued downstream causing major flooding to develop or start to develop all along the Dawson River. By the end of the month the floodwaters were approaching The Glebe. An initial flood warning was issued for the Dawson River on the 27th.
The heavy rainfall of the 29th affected the upper reaches of the Mackenzie and Isaac rivers with rapid river rises reported in the Isaac and Connors rivers and Funnel Creek. The flood warning for the Dawson River was updated to include the Mackenzie and Isaac Rivers on the 30th. Moderate to major flooding occurred along the Isaac River and Connors Rivers with the main floodwaters approaching Connors Junction by the end of the month. The floodwaters from this system were considerably larger than the Dawson River floodwaters.
Pioneer River : Widespread heavy rain on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th resulted in rapid river rises in the upper reaches of the Pioneer River. An initial floodwarning was issued at 1735 on Saturday 29th for minor flooding from Mirani downstream to Hospital Bridge with a forecast of further heavy rain. Heavy rainfall in the late afternoon of the 29th resulted in further rises and minor to moderate flooding developing downstream to Mackay. River levels peaked at Mackay early morning Sunday 30th at near 6.0 metres, the minor flood level. The flood warning was finalised on 30th.
Don River : The heavy rain of Friday 28th and Saturday 29th resulted in rapid river rises in the Don River upstream of Bowen on the afternoon of the 29th. An initial flood warning was issued at 1510 on 29th for minor flooding throughout the catchment. Flood levels peaked at Bowen Pump Station late Saturday night at 3.25 metres with minor flooding occurring all along the Don River. The flood warning was finalised on the 30th.
Haughton River : The deep low that caused the floods in the Pioneer and Don rivers on the 29th slowly moved north and caused very heavy rains in the upper Haughton River catchment and sharp river rises in the Haughton River. An initial floodwarning was issued on the 30th for minor to moderate flooding downstream to Giru. Further heavy overnight rain on the 30th resulted in renewed rises and the warnings were updated to major flooding at Giru. River levels in Giru peaked at 2.73 metres on the evening of the 31st with major flooding. The warning was finalised the following day.
Condamine-Balonne River : Heavy rain in the Condamine River catchment on the 27th between Tummaville and Condamine and on the 28th in the Charleys Creek and Dogwood Creek catchments resulted in minor to moderate flooding in the Condamine River downstream of Cecil Plains and major flooding in Dogwood Creek. An initial floodwarning was issued for the Condamine River and its tributaries on 27th. Flood levels peaked in Dogwood Creek on the 29th and 30th with major flooding, and major flooding starting to develop downstream in the Condamine and Balonne rivers with the floodwaters from Dogwood Creek. Flooding in the upper Condamine River, upstream of Cotswold was less significant although minor to moderate flood levels were reached. The main floodwaters had reached the Warkon area by the end of the month with major flooding.
Border Rivers : Flood warnings were current at the beginning of the month for the Macintyre and Weir rivers with major flooding easing at Goondiwindi and major flooding developing downstream. There was also minor to moderate flooding in the lower reaches of the Weir River.
Further heavy rainfall of up to 40mm occurred on the 5th and 6th and resulted in renewed rises in the Macintyre Brook and the Macintyre River. The Macintyre River at Goondiwindi peaked at 7.5 metres on 9th with moderate flooding. A final flood warning was issued on the 14th as the flood levels at Goondiwindi eased to the minor flood level and the river levels downstream at Riverview started to fall.
Widespread rainfall on the 23th and 24th resulted in river rises in the Macintyre Brook, Dumaresq and Macintyre rivers. An initial flood warning was issued on the 24th , with river levels peaking at Goondiwindi on the 26th at 8.84 metres, [above the major flood level]. Further heavy rain around Goondiwindi overnight on the 26th resulted in further renewed rises in the Macintyre River and another peak at Goondiwindi of 9.41 metres on the 29th. By the end of the month, river levels in Goondiwindi were approaching the minor flood level although major flooding was continuing downstream to the NSW border.
The rain on the 26th affected the Weir River catchment and river rises started to be recorded from the 27th. Moderate to major flooding developed from Retreat Bridge downstream to Talwood. Flood levels peaked at Retreat Bridge on the 29th at moderate flooding, with the floodwaters reaching downstream of Giddi Giddi South by the end of the month, causing major flooding. The first floodwarning for the Weir River was issued on the 27th .
Moonie River : Flood warnings were current at the beginning of the month for the Moonie River, with minor flooding continuing downstream of Nindigully. A final flood warning was issued on the 7th when all river levels had stated to fall with minor flooding easing.
An initial flood warning was issued on the 27th following the heavy rainfall in the catchment from the 26th to the 27th. River rises occurred throughout the length of the river. Major flooding occurred in the Southwood to Kinkora area on the 29th and the Mt Driven area on the 30th. By the end of the month the floodwaters were approaching Nindigully with major flooding.
Paroo and Bulloo Catchments : Flood warnings were current at the beginning of the month for the Paroo and Bullo rivers with minor to moderate flooding in the lower reaches of the Paroo and downstream from South Comongin on the Bulloo River. Further heavy rain around 5th caused renewed rises to minor flood levels. River levels in both rivers started to ease on the 10th and a final flood warnings issued.
were current at the beginning
of the month in the Fitzroy River Basin, Haughton River,
River, Border Rivers and Moonie River. Subsequent flood producing
events occurred during September in some of these catchments and also
the Mary River.
Fitzroy River Basin : Flood warnings were current at the beginning of the month for the Dawson, Mackenzie and Isaac rivers and tributaries. The Isaac River at Connors Junction peaked at major flood level on the 1st. Moderate flood levels peaked in the Mackenzie River at Coolmaringa on the 4th and the Dawson River at Newlands on the 6th. Because of the timing of the peaks, the Fitzroy River peaked at minor flood levels at Riverslea on the 6th and Yaamba on the 8th. The warning was finalised on the 10th with all river levels upstream of Rockhampton approaching minor flood level and continuing to fall.
Haughton River : The Haughton River at Giru peaked at major flood level on the evening of the 31st August and upstream water levels were falling rapidly. A final flood warning was issued on the 1st September with major flooding easing slowly at Giru.
Condamine-Balonne River : Flood warnings were current at the beginning of the month for the Condamine-Balonne rivers and tributaries downstream of Ranges Bridge. Widespread rainfall was recorded in the catchment on the 11th and 15th. The Balonne River at Surat had peaked at major flood level on the 2nd and was falling when the rainfall occurred. Surat subsequently recorded another major flood peak on the 22nd. Major flood peaks were reached in the Balonne River at St George on the 6th and 25th resulting in moderate to major flooding at Dirranbandi on the 9th and 28th. A final flood warning was issued on the 29th with the main flood waters downstream of Dirranbandi and upstream flooding easing.
Border Rivers : Flood warnings were current at the beginning of the month with major flooding in both the Macintyre and Weir rivers. Widespread rainfall on the 5th, 12th and 14th caused fluctuations in river levels at the top of the catchment and maintained high water levels in the lower catchment. The series of rainfall events produced moderate flood peaks in the Macintyre River at Goondiwindi on the 8th and 17th and a minor flood peak on the 15th. The Barwon River at Mungindi peaked at major flood level on the 6th. Moderate to major flood levels were maintained in the Kanowna to Mungindi area until the end of the month. A final flood warning was issued on the 25th with minor to moderate flooding downstream of Goondiwindi easing.
Moonie River : Flood warnings were current at the beginning of the month for the Moonie River, with moderate flooding continuing in the Nindigully area. Minor to moderate flooding upstream of Nindigully was easing. The river peaked just below major flood level at Nindigully on the evening of the 1st. River levels peaked at Thallon on the 3rd and Fenton on the 6th causing major flooding. Flooding continued to ease slowly in the lower Moonie River and the flood warning was finalised on the 15th.
Mary River : An initial flood warning was issued on the 11th for the Mary River to Gympie following heavy rainfall in the upper catchment. The warning was finalised on the 12th with the main flood waters nearing a peak just below minor flood level at Gympie and with all upstream water levels falling.
|No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1999||January||A monsoon low in
the Gulf of Carpentaria at
the end of December 1998 caused significant rain in the Gulf at the
of January. This low then moved south with further flood producing rain
between Mount Isa and Longreach and Clermont. Widespread rural flooding
occurred with a number of towns isolated. Flood warnings were issued
the majority of the Gulf rivers and western Queensland
Gulf Rivers : A preliminary flood warning was issued for the Gulf rivers on 31st December following heavy rainfall around Burketown with a flood warning issued for the Nicholson, Leichhardt and Flinders rivers on 1st January. River rises occurred in the lower reaches of the Gregory and Leichhardt rivers with minor to moderate flooding. Subsequent heavy falls in the upper reaches of the Cloncurry River caused major flooding in Cloncurry and several evacuations in the town on the 2nd. Moderate to major flooding continued downstream to the lower reaches of the Flinders River through to the middle of the month. Additional scattered rainfall during the beginning of the month also caused renewed rises in the Nicholson and Gregory rivers with continued minor flooding. A final flood warning was eventually issued for the Gulf Rivers on the 15th .
Diamantina River : Heavy rainfall in the upper reaches of the Diamantina River caused significant rises on the 2nd around Diamantina Lakes and an initial flood warning was issued. River levels peaked at Diamantina Lakes on 4th at 6.40 m, 1.4 m above the major flood level. Moderate to major flooding slowly developed downstream with the main flood waters peaking at 7.4 m at Birdsville on 22nd with moderate flooding. The final flood warning was issued 27th .
Georgina River : The heavy rainfall in the Avon Downs (NT) to Mount Isa area resulted in river rises to minor flood level in the upper reaches of the Georgina River from Urandangie to Marion Downs on 5th January and an initial flood warning was issued. Minor to moderate flooding continued in the Georgina River downstream to Glengyle on Eyre Creek for several weeks with a number of different peaks as the floodwaters travelled downstream. A final flood warning was issued on 1st February when the main floodwaters were downstream of Glengyle.
Cooper Creek : Rainfall in the upper reaches of the Thomson and Barcoo Rivers and in the lower reaches of the Thomson River between Longreach and Windorah resulted in river rises throughout the system and an initial flood warning was issued for the Thomson and Barcoo rivers and Cooper Creek on the 2nd. Major flooding rapidly developed in the lower Thomson River at Jundah with a peak on the 5th followed by a peak further downstream at Windorah on the Cooper Creek on the 7th. These floodwaters isolated the town and remained above the major flood level for the following week as floodwaters from the upper reaches of the Thomson and Barcoo rivers arrived. Minor flooding occurred in the upper reaches of the Thomson and Barcoo rivers with a number of separate peaks due to additional rainfall. Flood levels at Longreach peaked just below the minor flood level on 9th , although these upstream waters did not increase flood levels downstream at Windorah. A final flood warning was issued for the Cooper Creek on the 20th when flood levels at Windorah had fallen to near the moderate flood level.
BullooRiver : An initial flood warning was issued for the Bulloo River on 4th following heavy rain in the upper catchment and river rises from Adavale to Milroy. Minor flooding slowly developed downstream to Thargomindah during the month, with the final flood warning issued on 17th when the floodwaters were downstream of Thargomindah.
Warrego River : Rapid river rises with minor flooding occurred in the Nive River in the upper reaches of the Warrego River catchment following heavy rainfall at the beginning of the month. River rises occurred downstream at Charleville but were not significant. Rises to moderate flood levels also occurred in the Ward and Langlo rivers but these did not result in any significant flooding downstream. An initial flood warning was issued on the 4th and was finalized on 9th .
Fitzroy River Basin : Scattered heavy rainfall at the beginning of the month in the Dawson River catchment, resulted in river level rises in the upper reaches around Taroom as well as further downstream from Moura to Newlands. Moderate flood levels peaked at Taroom on 6th and minor to moderate flooding peaked in the Baralaba to Newlands area on the 6th to 7th . These high river levels in the lower Dawson River were maintained as the floodwaters from Taroom travelled downstream. An initial flood warning was issued on the 4th and was finalised on 11th .
River : On 1st , following heavy
rainfall on the Sunshine Coast and adjacent hinterland, moderate
occurred in the headwater streams in the Nambour-Yandina-Eumundi areas
with minor flooding experienced in the Maroochy River and tributary
Further heavy rainfall on the 8th resulted in widespread minor flooding
on the Sunshine Coast with moderate to major flooding in the North and
South Maroochy Rivers and Yandina Creek and minor flooding in the Noosa
Mary River : Heavy rainfall in the upper reaches of Six Mile Creek on the 2nd caused moderate flooding at Cooran with minor flooding occurring downstream from Dagun Pocket to Gympie. Renewed heavy rainfall on the 8th resulted in rapid rises with moderate to major flooding in most streams from Kenilworth to Gympie, with a peak of 21.95 metres reached at Gympie on the morning of the 10th causing major flooding. This was the highest flood since January 1898. Moderate to major flooding extended down to Maryborough with a peak of 8.75 metres reached on the morning of the 12th causing moderate flooding.
Moonie River : Widespread rainfall of up to 100mm over 2 days resulted in rises to minor flood height in the upper reaches of the catchment on 2nd . Minor to moderate flooding continued downstream to Nindigully over the next two weeks.
Fitzroy River Basin : On 2nd , widespread rainfall resulted in significant rises in the Dawson River and tributaries above Taroom. Minor flooding developed downstream of Taroom to Newlands over the next week. Rapid rises occurred in the Connors River and its tributaries following rainfalls of up to 110mm on the 11th. Minor flooding developed downstream to Pink Lagoon over the next day.
Condamine/Balonne River : On 2nd, following heavy isolated rainfall, major flooding occurred at the Warra Kogan Road Bridge. Moderate flooding developed downstream of Warra Kogan Road Bridge and major flooding occurred in the Balonne River at Warkon. Minor to moderate flooding extended downstream to Dirranbandi where a peak was reached on 15th .
Brisbane River : Significant river rises in the Stanley and Brisbane rivers and tributaries above Wivenhoe Dam resulted from heavy rainfall on 8th. Moderate flooding developed in the Stanley River and major flooding in the Brisbane River above Wivenhoe Dam. Releases from Wivenhoe Dam commenced on the 9th causing closures of low level crossings along the Brisbane River downstream of Wivenhoe Dam, with minor flooding between Wivenhoe Dam and Mount Crosby. The same rainfall system caused rapid rises with moderate flooding in Lockyer Creek, Warrill Creek and the Bremer River. The Bremer River at Ipswich peaked just below the minor flood height on the evening of the 9th .
Tully River : Heavy rainfall on the 11th caused rapid stream rises and major flooding downstream to Euramo with a peak of 9.1 metres on the 13th.
Barron River : Following heavy rainfall on the 11th, rapid rises occurred in rivers and streams from Mareeba to the Barron delta. Major flooding developed from Mareeba to Bilwon and in the Barron River delta on the northern side of Cairns, the highest since January 1979.
Johnstone River : Heavy rainfall on the 11th led to major flooding developing in the North Johnstone River and South Johnstone River downstream to Innisfail. An initial peak was reached at Innisfail on the 12th, with additional rain causing another lower peak on the 13th . The peak of 12th was the highest since February 1986.
Herbert River : Heavy rainfall in the middle of the catchment on the 12th caused rapid stream rises down to Ingham, with major flooding between Gleneagle and Halifax.
Don River : Heavy overnight rainfall on the 16th caused rapid rises in the Don River to Bowen. River levels peaked at Bowen on the 16th causing moderate flooding.
rainfalls at the beginning
of March resulted in flood warnings being issued for the majority of
western rivers and south east Queensland rivers. Following heavy
rains later on, in the middle month, flood warnings were issued for
of the north tropical rivers.
Mary River : Minor to moderate flooding initially occurred in Six Mile Creek and the Mary River upstream of Gympie, following heavy overnight rainfalls of up to 140mm in the upper Mary catchment. River levels reached a peak of 11.40 metres at Gympie on the 3rd causing minor flooding. Minor to moderate flooding extended downstream of Gympie to Tiaro but no significant flooding occurred in Maryborough.
Bulloo River : Following heavy rain in the upper Bulloo River catchment river rises to minor flood level occurred at Adavale on 1st. Continued heavy rainfall over the next few days resulted in major flooding from Adavale to South Comongin and moderate flooding from Autumnvale to Thargomindah. The main floodwaters reached Thargomindah on the 11th .
Warrego River ; Widespread moderate rainfall occurred in the Warrego River catchment at the beginning of the month resulting in river rises to minor or near minor flood level throughout the catchment. River rises occurred at Charleville but were not significant.
Paroo River : Widespread rainfall in the Paroo River catchment at the beginning of the month resulted in minor flooding in the Paroo River between Humeburn and Hungerford. Further rain during the week caused renewed rises and major flooding occurred in the upper reaches between Humeburn and Eulo between the 6th and 8th. These floodwaters resulted in minor to moderate flooding between Caiwarro and Hungerford, with the peak arriving at Hungerford on the 14th.
Logan- Albert Rivers : Heavy rainfall in the Logan and Albert River catchments on 3rd caused rapid river rises and minor flooding in the upper reaches. The floodwaters were downstream of Waterford and Beenleigh on the 4th but caused no significant flooding.
Border Rivers : Heavy rainfalls in the Macintyre River and Macintyre Brook catchments overnight on the 2nd resulted in minor to moderate flooding in Macintyre Brook, the lower Dumaresq River and the Macintyre River around Goondiwindi. Flood levels peaked at Goondiwindi at 8.4 metres on 6th , just below the major flood level. Minor to moderate flooding continued downstream to Mungindi, with the main floodwaters peaking at Mungindi on 21st.
Major flooding also occurred in the upper reaches of the Weir River at Retreat Bridge and in Yarrill Creek at Medpark Bridge as a result of the rainfall at the beginning of the month. Minor to moderate flooding continued downstream to Talwood during the month with the main floodwaters reaching Talwood on the 14th with minor flooding.
Moonie River : River rises with moderate flooding between The Deep Crossing and Tartha in the upper Moonie River catchment were recorded on the 4th. Minor to moderate flooding continued downstream to Fenton on the New South Wales border over the next two weeks.
Condamine-Balonne River : Heavy rainfall occurred in the Condamine River catchment, upstream of Cecil Plains, at the beginning of the month and resulted in rapid river rises throughout the catchment. Minor to moderate flooding occurred upstream of Warwick with river levels peaking at Warwick at 5.63 metres on 4th causing minor flooding. Minor to moderate flooding continued downstream to Cecil Plains with moderate to major flooding developing further downstream to St George. The main floodwaters peaked at Condamine Town on the Condamine River on the on 12th and Surat on the Balonne River on 19th with moderate flooding. Moderate flood levels were maintained at St George from the 10th to the 23rd before easing. Minor to moderate flooding continued downstream of St George to the New South Wales boundary until the end of the month.
Cooper Creek : Rainfall at the beginning of the month caused rises in the lower Thomson River and Barcoo River with minor to moderate flooding. River levels in the downstream reaches of the Thomson and Barcoo Rivers peaked initially from local runoff, but renewed rises with continued minor to moderate flooding occurred as floodwaters from the upper catchments arrived. Moderate flooding developed at Windorah on the Cooper Creek on 9th and high river levels were maintained for the following week as all the floodwaters travelled downstream.
Tully River : Heavy rainfall on the 11th resulted in rapid rises in river levels at Euramo which overtopped the Bruce Highway on the 12th . Further rain during the month maintained the high river levels and moderate flooding. Several peaks occurred, with the last peak at Euramo at 8.7 metres on the 19th . River levels finally fell to below the level of the approaches to the Bruce Highway on the 20th .
Johnstone River : Continuous heavy rainfall during the 15th led to major flooding developing in the North Johnstone River and minor flooding in the South Johnstone River downstream to Innisfail. River levels peaked at Innisfail just below the major flood level early on the 16th , with all river levels falling below the minor flood level during the day. Further rainfall on the 18th resulted in river level rises. However river levels remained at or below the minor flood level.
Barron River : Following heavy rainfall overnight on the 14th in the Barron River catchment upstream of Mareeba, rapid river rises occurred with moderate flooding at Mareeba. Minor flooding extended down to Bilwon with no significant flooding further downstream in the Barron delta. Further overnight rain on the 15th resulted in renewed rises in the upper catchment but these were below the earlier peaks. Flooding had eased by the 17th and all river levels were below the minor flood level.
Herbert River : Heavy rainfall in the Tablelands overnight on the 15th resulted in stream rises in the tributary streams of the upper Herbert River. Moderate flooding developed downstream to Gleneagle Homestead over the next few days, but river levels downstream of Gleneagle Homestead remained below the minor flood level.
|1999||April||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1999||May||Two periods of
heavy rainfall in south east
Queensland resulted in preliminary flood warnings being issued for the
coastal rivers and streams between the Sunshine Coast and the Gold
on the 10th and 11th , and for the coastal rivers and streams between
and Brisbane on the 19th and 20th .
In the Mary River and the Maroochy River catchments, river rises to minor flood level occurred between the 10th and 12th and specific flood warnings were also issued for the Mary River upstream of Gympie. River levels peaked at Gympie well below the moderate flood level.
|1999||June to August||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1999||September||No significant flooding occurred in Queensland.|
|1999||October||Border Rivers: Moderate flooding occurred in the lower Macintyre River from the 28th to the 31st October.|
Rivers: Flood warnings were issued
for the Lower Macintyre River at the beginning of November following
rises in already flooded rivers. However river levels remained below
minor flood level and the warning was finalised on the 4th November.
on 8th November caused further minor flooding in the Macintyre Brook
river rises in the Dumeresq River. The combined flows from
streams resulted in moderate flooding in the Macintyre River at
where river levels peaked at 7.22 metres on 11th November. Minor to
flooding continued downstream towards the NSW border during the
Condamine Balonne Rivers: Rapid stream rises occurred in the Upper Condamine River and tributaries following rainfall on 8th November. River levels peaked at Warwick the same day at 5.10 metres, just above the minor flood level. Minor flooding continued downstream in the Condamine River to the Cecil Plains area over the next few days and the flood warnings were finalised on the 12th November,as river levels were below the minor flood level.
Paroo River: Rainfall over the
weekend of 6th to 8th November
caused river rises and moderate flooding in the Paroo River at Humeburn
on the 9th November. Moderate flooding extended downstream to Eulo
the next few days with the main floodwaters reaching Hungerford on the
Bulloo River : Rises to minor flood levels occurred in Quilpie area following rainfall in the upper reaches of the Bulloo River catchment over the weekend 20th November. Further rainfall at the end of the month resulted in renewed rises and moderate flooding. The combined floodwaters resulted in minor to moderate flooding developing in the Autumnvale to Thargomindah area towards the end of the month, with the high flood levels maintained for several days.
Thomson, Barcoo Rivers and Cooper Creek :
Rainfall over the weekend
20th November, together with further scattered showers during
following week resulted in river rises in the Thomson River from
Park to Jundah. The
were two periods during December
which required flood warnings to be issued; early in the month in a
of the western rivers and in late December, commencing on Christmas
a low pressure system caused heavy rainfall along the coast from
to the NSW border.
Tully, Johnstone, Herbert, Haughton and Don
Rivers : Heavy rainfall
ending on 24 December caused significant river rises in the Tully and
Paroo River : Rainfalls recorded during the period just after Christmas caused river rises and moderate flooding along the Paroo River to Hungerford which continued into the new year.
Bulloo River : At the start of December, flooding in the Bulloo River continued from November rainfall and continued up to 7th December when the flood warning was finalised. Heavy rainfall towards the end of December again resulted in minor to moderate flooding in the Bulloo River which continued into the new year.
Thomson, Barcoo Rivers and Cooper Creek : The minor to moderate flooding which commenced in the Thomson and lower Barcoo Rivers in November continued into December with the Cooper Creek at Windorah reaching a peak on 3rd December with major flooding. By 6th December, flood levels had subsided sufficiently for warnings to be finalised. Renewed rises in the lower Thomson and Barcoo Rivers followed rainfalls of 28th December and again caused major flooding in the Windorah area which continued into the new year.
Updated November 2010.