May 2009 Floodings – Kyogle/Casino/Lismore/Northern Rivers

Some of you may’ve noticed the repotrs of flooding in Brisbane over the last few days, While most of the country has been fixated on that, The same weather has moved down the coast into the Northern Rivers, The same area which i live in, Which recieved the flooding in january 2008, Some of you may remember the flood pics i posted back then.

Well the good news is, that this year, Kyogle hasnt been hit as badly as last year, However its my understanduing that lismore may’ve been hit harder, With a top os 10.4m expected in about an hour, which is supposed to flood the CBD (By radio reports)

I’ll get a few pics up of Kyogle later this evening perhaps.

I’ve attached some graphs of the river levels in Kyogle/Wiangaree/Casino to this post, I cant seem to find any of lismore right now, i’ll investigate that later (The station is probbly under water anyway..)

It seems the casino level hasnt peaked yet, but is very close, and most people seem to be safe of the water… But like i said, More later perhaps :)

Kyogle January 2008 Flood Photos (Pano’s)

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Please Note: The following photos are from 5th/6th Jan 2008, They are not posted on the date listed of this blog entry.

Comments relating to these images can be found here: http://dd32.id.au/2008/01/05/kyogle-flood-jan-2008/

I’ve decided to remove my Gallery2 install, so i’m moving them into WordPress.

Kyogle January 2008 Flood Photos (After Effects)

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Please Note: The following photos are from 6th Jan 2008, They are not posted on the date listed of this blog entry.

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I’ve decided to remove my Gallery2 install, so i’m moving them into WordPress.

Kyogle January 2008 Flood Photos

Full Listing of related posts: http://dd32.id.au/category/kyogle-flood/

Please Note: The following photos are from 5th Jan 2008, They are not posted on the date listed of this blog entry.

Comments relating to these images can be found here: http://dd32.id.au/2008/01/05/kyogle-flood-jan-2008/

I’ve decided to remove my Gallery2 install, so i’m moving them into WordPress.

Kyogle Flood: Jan 2008 Final wrap up.

Sorry for the delay in the posting of this message, Its just something i’ve been continuously putting off.

Theres not much i can really report on the topic, So if you’ve got anything specific, feel free to leave a comment and i’ll see if i can dig up the information for you.

The Bureau of Meteorology was nice enough to send me over the river height details for Kyogle/Wiangaree from the 1st of Jan, to 11th of Jan 2008, So for those interested, I’ve put together a graph:

Kyogle/Wiangaree River Levels: Flood Jan 2008

Some points used in the data on the above graph were interpolated from the data given to create a smooth line due to the data for river levels at certain times being missing(I guess they had more important things to do than measure the water level every few minutes :)). The raw CSV data is available upon request.

Current(and previous) News is indexed by Google pretty well: http://news.google.com/news?um=1&tab=wn&client=opera&hl=en&hs=Qnj&rls=en&q=Kyogle+flood&ie=UTF-8&scoring=n

AFAIK, The only (human)death that  occured during the flood was near Mullumbimby. Source

The photos i took on the 5th & 6th are available here: http://dd32.id.au/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=10

Kyogle Flood: Jan 2008 Update


Gallery: After effects & Cleanup

Hi Everyone who’s been searching for more information thanks to the near complete blackout of news info (for some odd reason :P)

First up I thought I’d answer some of the questions left in the comments of the previous post

The water never rose above 18.1m, however, most of the photos in the previous gallery were taken before the water peaked. There are some homes that seem to have just escaped in that gallery, However the water rose a bit more, I spent the morning at a friend of the families down near the river, About a foot of water filled the house, Most items left on the floor or near are water damaged, Most of the time was spent removing wet items from the floor and pulling up carpet, Bit distressing for the kids bedroom having to decide what had to be thrown out because of the damage.

Sorry for the lack of description and location on the older photos, I only had time to install the Gallery software and post the images, I’d have liked to give a good location for where each shot was taken from, I’ve added some descriptions. Also, The cameras date/time was incorrect, so the dates shown were out by a few years.

The local Plant Nursery has a few photos and a short video up as well: http://www.daleysfruit.com.au/…

There is some information and photos available on the 1954 flood here: http://www.kyogleweb.com.au/54flood/index.htm

To my knowledge there hasn’t been any confirmed reports of loss of life, However, There was 2nd hand information that the choppers in the air were looking for 3 boys who jumped off the Bridge into the water, I’ve not seen any news reports about that however, so unable to confirm.

The water from Town has since been dropping, And has flowed onto flood Casino, And is now heading for Coraki(as well as the water from Lismore), Theres some coverage of that here. The entire area has been classified as a Natural Disaster zone

To all those who have family/friends in town, And to all those affected by the flood waters locally and in the region, I wish you luck and hope that you’ve stayed safe.