Brisbane Flood – January 2011 – There’s Senator Bob Brown – Or The Evidence

Posted on Mon 01/23/2012 by


Andrew BoltBy Andrew Bolt ~

At the time of this flood in mid January of 2011, I made a Post that was necessarily long due to the nature of the information. For background on what happened with respect to the Wivenhoe Dam, read that Post and it says basically what the Inquiry found.

The image here is of Wivenhoe Dam at the peak of its water holdings and keep in mind that at the time this image was taken, all 5 gates were open at the time and water was flowing out of the Dam at its maximum rate, and then think just how close this Dam came to overflowing during this flood. The black line is the top of the Dam wall. Click on the image and it will open in a new and larger window…..TonyfromOz.

Link to Post:      Wivenhoe Dam Levels – The Critical Days

There’s Bob Brown’s favorite explanation for disasters:

GREENS leader Bob Brown has pinned the blame for the Queensland floods on the coal industry.

“Burning coal is a major cause of global warming,” he said. “This industry, which is 75 per cent owned outside Australia, should help pay the cost of the predicted more severe and more frequent floods, droughts and bushfires in coming decades.”

Or there’s the evidence of something far simpler and more likely:

A RAFT of official internal documents produced by senior public servants during Brisbane’s devastating flood in January last year show the Wivenhoe Dam was mismanaged in a serious breach of its manual for two crucial days…

The investigation suggests SEQWater used the wrong operating strategy for the flood, contributing to the inundation of thousands of properties in Brisbane and Ipswich with a total cost to the economy of more than $5 billion…

The Australian’s investigation has collated an abundance of contemporaneous evidence, including internal emails, flood log entries, briefing papers, memorandums, situation reports and technical reports, that suggest SEQWater remained in the wrong strategy, known as W1, throughout the weekend of January 8-9 last year and into early Monday morning January 10.

There is no known contemporaneous documentary evidence from this period of the flood event to support the claims made later by SEQWater to the inquiry that the correct operating strategy, W3, began at 8am on Saturday, January 8.

There are significant differences between the strategies and the potential outcomes because W1’s purpose is to minimise disruption to rural life in the Brisbane Valley by not submerging low-level bridges downstream with releases of water from the dam. W3, which permits much bigger releases of water, has a primary consideration of protecting urban areas from inundation.

Evidence presented to the floods inquiry revealed the dam operators did not release water above the W1 limit of 1900 cubic metres a second until Monday morning. By Tuesday evening, the dam was releasing a massive 7500 cubic metres a second down the Brisbane River as weekend and Tuesday rainfall took the dam close to capacity.

(The link Andrew has here for the investigation is Paywall protected.)

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