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Rockhampton locals forced out of homes

PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:14 pm
by sledge
Worst Floods in over a century in Australia.

One of Queensland's biggest natural disasters is unfolding in the town of Rockhampton, with isolated outbreaks of looting as police force residents to abandon their homes and the city is cut off.

Hundreds of homes have been inundated and shopping car parks are filling with water as floodwaters in the churning Fitzroy River edge closer to the city's two main bridges and just one street away from the CBD.

Road and air access to the city has been cut and food drops have been carried out in isolated areas.

Hundreds of residents are still being urged to leave their homes as they wait for an expected river peak of 9.4 metres on Wednesday.

But there are new security concerns after a number of homes and cars were looted at the weekend.

A logistical nightmare is also unfolding for residents as police close dozens of roads every day.

Tanya Hallam and Bruce Channells were supposed to get married at a river-front building known as the Boat Club, only their ceremonial pontoon was washed away and the reception venue has been swamped.

"It was a lovely idyllic place with all the boats in the background and the water. There's too much water now though," Ms Hallam said.

Their plans have been put on hold as they struggle to protect their own homes - not only from floodwaters, but also from looters.

"We were at a friends' place and had a few ales so we stopped for the night and we come out about 4:00 in the morning when the dogs were barking and they'd broken into our car," Ms Hallam said.

"But they didn't just do our car; they did nine in total in the street. So it's disheartening that people sink to that level."

This morning, state disaster coordinator Deputy Commissioner Ian Stewart told ABC News Breakfast that police had not yet received any formal complaints about looters.

Mr Channells is trying his best to protect their new home from the flood.

"I just renoed my house a couple of months ago, total refurb inside. So if the water comes in, my insurance company doesn't cover me or anything because flood is outside their call," he said.

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011 ... 105199.htm

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Re: Rockhampton locals forced out of homes

PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:52 pm
by Quicksilver
There are 13 articles in the flood in Queensland just for today, 01-04-2011!!!
Here's another;
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011 ... 106350.htm

:sorry:

Re: Rockhampton locals forced out of homes

PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:22 pm
by sledge
Quicksilver wrote:There are 13 articles in the flood in Queensland just for today, 01-04-2011!!!
Here's another;
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011 ... 106350.htm

:sorry:


Yes worst flooding ever. More Rain is falling there. :dontknow:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011 ... 108099.htm