Floods in Australia

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1893 Brisbane flood
Flooding in Newcastle in 2007
Queensland 2010-2011 floods

This is a list of notable recorded floods that have occurred in the country of Australia.


Date Location State(s) Fatalities Notes
1806 Melbourne VIC 4 [citation needed]
1820 Maitland NSW
1852 Gundagai NSW 89 [citation needed]
1863 Melbourne (December) VIC 1 [1]
1869 Ballarat VIC 2 [2]
1891 Melbourne (July) VIC 1 [3]
1893 Brisbane flood QLD 11 [4][5]
1893 Maitland NSW 9 [citation needed]
1900 Western Australian floods WA
1909 Western Victorian floods VIC 4 [citation needed]
1913 Maitland NSW 1 [6]
1916 Clermont QLD 65 [citation needed]
1923 Adelaide SA 3 [citation needed]
1926 Southwestern Australia WA
1927 Wollombi NSW
1929 Tasmanian Floods TAS 22 [citation needed]
1930 Maitland NSW
1931 Maitland NSW
1934 Yarra River VIC 35 [citation needed]
1947 June 1947 Tasmanian floods TAS
1949 Maitland NSW
1950 Maitland, Gippsland, West Queensland NSW, VIC, QLD 1 [7]
1951 Maitland NSW
1952 Maitland NSW
1955 Maitland flood NSW 14 [citation needed]
1955 All southern states (August) WA, SA, VIC, NSW, TAS 2 [citation needed]
1956 Murray River flood NSW, VIC, SA
1970 All eastern states (December) QLD, NSW, VIC, TAS 16 [citation needed]
1971 Canberra flood ACT 7 [citation needed]
1971 Maitland NSW
1974 Brisbane flood QLD 16 [citation needed]
1984 Feb West Dapto NSW not known [8]
1986 Sydney NSW 6 [citation needed]
1990 East Coast NSW 7 [citation needed]
1996 Queensland and New South Wales NSW & QLD 4 [citation needed]
1998 Katherine
Townsville
Wollongong
NT, QLD, NSW 3 [9][10]
June 2007 Hunter Valley/Maitland floods NSW 10 [citation needed]
June 2007 Gippsland Floods VIC
February 2008 Mackay floods QLD
September 2010 Victorian floods (Sept) VIC
March 2010 Queensland floods (March) QLD
December 2010 Carnarvon/Gascoyne (December) WA
December 2010 – January 2011 Queensland floods (Dec – Jan) QLD 35 [11]
January 2011 2011 Victorian Floods (Jan) VIC 2 [12][13]
August 2011 Gippsland (August) VIC 1 [14]
February – March 2012 Eastern Australia (Feb – Mar) NSW, VIC, QLD 3 [15][16][17]
March 2012 Gippsland and Koowerup VIC 0 [citation needed]
January – February 2013 2013 Eastern Australia Floods (Jan) QLD, NSW 6 [citation needed]
April 2015 2015 Hunter Valley/Central Coast/Sydney Floods NSW 8 [citation needed]
May 2015 South – East Queensland Flash Floods QLD 5 [18]
June 2016 Tasmanian Floods TAS 3 [19]
September 2016 Central West and Riverina Floods NSW 1 [20]
February 2017 Western Australian Floods WA 2 [21]
Late March 2017 Eastern Australian Floods caused by Cyclone Debbie Southern Queensland, Northern NSW (As of 8 April 2017) 12 [22]
February 2020 Widespread flooding in Sydney basin and the Blue Mountains, flooding in central west to the north of NSW and flooding caused by Tropical Cyclone Damien in Karratha NSW, WA 0
March 2021 Widespread flooding in the Sydney basin and the Mid North Coast of NSW (2021 Eastern Australia floods). Extending into South East Queensland NSW, South East Queensland 3
(As of 25 March 2021)
[23][24]
9-10 June 2021 Widespread flash flooding across Gippsland. 160,000 properties blacked out, some for 4 days or more. Traralgon in the Latrobe Valley was one of the hardest-hit places with 200 homes evacuated. Victoria 2 [25][26][27][28]
November 2021 Central Queensland Queensland [29]
January 2022 Wide Bay-Burnett, Fraser Coast and Gympie Regions, caused by ex-Tropical Cyclone Seth Queensland At least 1 [30]


References[edit]

  1. ^ The Argus. 28 December 1863
  2. ^ The Great Flood of Ballarat. pg 6. The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser. 23 October 1869
  3. ^ The Floods in Australia: Heavy Losses Revealed. Launceston Examiner. 18 July 1891
  4. ^ Whitaker (2005), 30.
  5. ^ Kenny (n.d.).
  6. ^ "Facsimile of brochure" (PDF). downloads.newcastle.edu.au. Retrieved 2020-09-26.
  7. ^ pg 1. The West Australian. Thursday 6 April 1950
  8. ^ "The West Dapto flood of February 1984: Rainfall characteristics and channel changes". ResearchGate.
  9. ^ "Tropical Cyclone Les", Bureau of Meteorology
  10. ^ "Flood - Sydney and Wollongong, 1998 - Australian Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub". knowledge.aidr.org.au.
  11. ^ "Death toll from Queensland Floods". Queensland Police Service. 24 January 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  12. ^ "Missing boy's body found". ABC News. Australia. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
  13. ^ "Victoria flash floods claim first victim". ninemsn.com.au. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2011.
  14. ^ Heard, Hamish; O'Connell, Brigid (13 August 2011). "Gippsland farmer dies in floodwaters in bid to save cattle". Sunday Herald-Sun. Melbourne. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-19. Retrieved 2012-08-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "Two dead in flood crisis gripping parts of Victoria, NSW and Queensland". Herald-Sun. AAP. 5 March 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  17. ^ "Australian flood clean-up begins". Radio Australia. 10 March 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  18. ^ Sandeman, George (2 May 2015). "Five die in Queensland floods after downpours in Caboolture". The Guardian. Australia. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  19. ^ "Four missing as floods devastate Tasmania; NSW mops up". ABC News. 6 June 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  20. ^ "Body found near Forbes identified as missing Burcher man Robert Linnane". ABC News. Australia. 6 October 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  21. ^ Morrison, Lisa. "WA floods: Second man's body recovered as receding waters reveal extent of damage". ABC. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  22. ^ "Cyclone Debbie: Floods in NSW and Queensland claim more lives". The Courier Mail. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  23. ^ Cockburn, Paige; Nguyen, Kevin (21 March 2021). "Live: NSW facing 'dangerous situation' as more than 18,000 people are evacuated". www.abc.net.au. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  24. ^ Chapman, Alex (21 March 2021). "Weather system battering New South Wales extends along coast to Queensland". 7NEWS. Seven West Media. Retrieved 22 March 2021. A once-in-50-year rain event battering New South Wales is also impacting south-east Queensland.
  25. ^ "Body found in submerged car as rescuers search for flood victims in eastern Victoria". ABC Gippsland. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 9 June 2021. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  26. ^ "Victorians count the cost after violent storm sends trees crashing through homes". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 10 June 2021. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  27. ^ "Woman's body found in floodwater as Victoria's storm toll rises, further rain expected overnight". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 11 June 2021. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  28. ^ Cook, Mim (13 June 2021). "Victorian power outages not all bad for some families living 'off the grid'". ABC Radio Gippsland. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 13 June 2021.
  29. ^ "'He lost everything': Central Queensland residents flee emergency flooding overnight". ABC News. 2021-11-25. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  30. ^ "Girl missing, towns facing inundation as ex-cyclone brings deadly flooding to south-east Queensland". ABC News. 2022-01-07. Retrieved 2022-01-13.

Further reading[edit]

  • Devin, L.B. and D.L. Purcell (1983) Flooding in Australia Canberra : Australian Government Publishing Service ISBN 0-644-02627-8 : (Water 2000 : consultants report no. 11)(Department of Resources and Energy).

External links[edit]

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