Posted by: debrakolkka | January 14, 2011

Water everywhere

Southbank is closed

Southbank was almost completely under water yesterday.  The lovely sandy lagoon, the picnic areas, some of the restaurants, everything that was in the previous post was completely covered with filthy water.  The area was obviously closed to everybody.  The clean up is going to be enormous.

The river was moving at an incredible pace, carrying pontoons, boats, water tanks, an entire riverside restaurant, a riverside walkway, parts of houses etc. 

the fast flowing water dragging things with it

The beautiful day makes it very difficult to appreciate the damage that is being caused.

looking across the river to the city

looking across to the city from Kangaroo Point cliffs

looking down to the mostly submerged riverside park

The media had a perfect vantage point on top of the Kangaroo Point cliffs.

where the news came from

Lots of streets in our area went underwater.  It was a beautiful sunny day and it seemed hard to believe that the flood could be happening.  Many homes, including ours, have been without power for 2 days.

Here are some photos of our area south of the river – the dirty, fast flowing and very high river.  Fortunately it didn’t come up quite as much as was expected, but high enough to do untold damage.

the Convention Centre out of action

major city roads going nowhere

Melbourne St leading to the city

water up to the roof of a garage

we don't know what they were looking for

going by boat to check property

a corner store under water

Brisbane’s central business district is mostly without power and closed. You can see at night that not many lights are shining.

Brisbane CBD

Thank you to all those who left kind and concerned comments on recent posts.  Brisbane residents have been overwhelmed with support and practical help.

our house is the one with the green roof

While the house we live in is high and dry, we also own one that wasn’t so lucky.  In the next post I will be able to show you first hand the devastation that a flood causes.  I will also be able to show you how it is cleaned up.

Click here to see the clean up.


  1. Thinking of you and all those in Queensland, Deb. All the best for the cleanup – as you say, it will be an enormous job..

  2. Thanks for the update. This must be so distressing for you all. My thoughts are with you.

  3. Goodness Debra, its awful, so awful. 🙁
    Thanks for the updates, appreciate knowing that you are safe.
    I hope the cleanup goes well for you.
    Thinking of you. X

  4. Debra I wish I could offer physical help. Am definitely thinking of you and the rest of your state..

  5. Deb i was hoping to catch up before you went to italybut this disaster is so bad. i am ok but if you need some help let me know as i have spare time. chris:)

  6. Once again Deb many thanks for documenting the flood, I am glued to the TV coverage and one part of me wishes I was there.

  7. Wow Debra, QLD has sure had the rough end of the proverbial pineapple this week. Glad your home survived and that your other house is not too bad. MLT

  8. Thank you Deb, I have been reading about upland rainfall and weather prediction on the BBC site last night. So many terrible floods around the world right now. It is heartbreaking to think of all these disrupted lives as well as the lives lost.

    • Sri Lanka and Brazil are copping it now. What a horrible mess!

  9. Oh Deb, So devasting but the unbelievable spirit of the people who haven’t been affected helping the people who have had their complete world destroyed is so touching. It makes me feel proud to be Australian. Sorry to hear about the other house, it is now about problem solving and I wish you all the best.

  10. Deb, as always you give some amazing photos. It does make us proud to be Australian to see people working together on the cleanup. I am sure I am not alone in crying when hearing about the people who have died in these floods.

    Victoria has seen some serious rain which has not done such widespread damage to residences but has damaged fruit – stone fruit crops destroyed by brown rot, vineyards wiped out with mildew at flowering. The cost of insurance for a fruit crop is prohibitive so many Victorian fruit growers have lost their whole year’s income. Many had no usable crop in 2009 because of heat and fires. The cost of this deluge through the East coast of Australia will have a whopping impact.

    • It seems the world has gone mad sometimes. Some people have to deal with too much.

  11. The blue sky makes it seem surreal… hopefully the worst of it is almost over.

    • For us the worst is over. We cleaned the mud from our house today. For some it is much worse.

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  13. Cannot believe what has happened to Queensland. Your pictures are telling stories of the disaster. I have received so many calls and emails from friends all over the USA asking if I have friends and relatives in the area. I tell your stories and also stories from the Kithers.
    Australians are strong and they will get through this.
    God bless you all and god bless the people who have lost loved ones

    • Now there is Sri Lanka and Brazil – much worse than Brisbane’s disaster.

  14. Thank you for the update. I can’t even imagine how you begin to deal with a flood. I’m happy to hear your main residence is okay, but so sorry about your other property.

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