January 17th, 2011

This image was captured from the top of Mt Ommaney, which is the suburb I live in. Looking down on the Brisbane River, running alongside the riverfront estate is Westlake.  As the raging currents swept through Ipswich to Brisbane City, the river banks slowly gave in causing the water to inundate thousands of houses across the south-east. It’s a little hard to explain how unbelievably fat the river is here, it is normally about 1/3rd the size. I’m unsure if it’s visible on your screen but if you look closely at the bottom of the photo you may see brown water amongst the trees. If you look to your right you may notice a large home, it’s actually a multi-million dollar mansion which is located right on the river with a full size tennis court and an amazing swimming pool. Water flooded the home from both ways, the Brisbane River and the Mc Leod golf course.
I couldn’t of expected this photo to come out any better. 24mm, kodak iso400, f8.

January 16th, 2011

Starting out as minor leaks caused by drains backing up on themselves suddenly turned into a river. Around about 09:00PM on Wednesday night, my brother, Rob and myself were monitoring the water levels from about 8 different locations. As we drove through Carragundi road, all of a sudden had a thin line of water running across the road, quite like it had just rained, nothing more than a millimetre or two spread across the bitumen. A couple of hours had passed so we thought we would go for another drive and check up on things around the area. Carragundi road was virtually inaccessible, with the raging waters raising in front of our eyes it wasn’t looking good for the local corner shops, let alone the houses surrounding it.
The aftermath; This… The shops were completely inundated with water. It isn’t very visible in these photos but the water level reached as high as the shark on the seafood shop sign. This photos were captured on Friday afternoon and I have to say it was quite an emotional walk through the area having people lost absolutely everything they own. More to come soon.

January 14th, 2011

I have to say, it’s been a pretty crazy few days.