Queensland catastrophe: looting in Ipswich; evacuation centres overwhelmed; thousands without power; fears of disease; 30,000 people to be effected in Brisbane; a “gruesome day” is predicted; whole families missing

This does not look good, reports of looting in Ipswich:

The city of Ipswich has been shut down and more residents evacuated as the Bremer River rapidly rises towards its expected peak of 21.5m, due about 11am today.

Ipswich’s entire CBD has been shut down and streets cordoned off while residents and tourists, as well as onlookers caught off-guard, rush to vacate the city.

The speed of the rising flood has dramatically picked up since 5am.

It is expected to increase by another two metres by 11am.

Meanwhile, anger is mounting over reports of looting in the city.

Evacuation centre are overflowing, Mayor Paul Pisasale said.

The mayor was furious after hearing of several reports of looting taking place in flood-affected areas.

More than 50,000 are without power in Queensland:

UPDATE: More than 50,000 customers in the southeast are without power this morning as flooding begins to swamp homes in Brisbane and Ipswich.

An Energex spokesman said 22,000 customers in Ipswich and 15,300 in Brisbane were currently without power, with the Bremer and Brisbane rivers expected to peak today and tomorrow.

As a proactive measure, Energex cut power to homes in Milton, Auchenflower and Ipswich last night as floods inundated the areas.

To add to concerns, the flood waters increase the risk of waterborne disease:

QUEENSLANDERS are at high risk of deadly disease outbreaks in coming weeks as mosquito populations boom and dangerous bacteria proliferate, health experts warn.

The Queensland Department of Health is urging residents to protect themselves against mosquitoes and potentially contaminated drinking water.

It said yesterday there was increased risk of wound infections, dermatitis, conjunctivitis, and ear, nose and throat infections from polluted water. And there was a possibility of melioidosis, a disease caused by bacteria in soil, and leptospirosis, a serious illness caused by bacteria in animal urine.

Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh predicts today will be a “gruesome day”:

She said it would be a “gruesome day for rescue workers and a heartbreaking day for families’’ who are still missing loved ones.

“I think we will all be shocked by what they will find,’’ she said.

The number of missing in the devastating Queensland floods has now risen from 72 to 90, she said, with the confirmed death toll at 10. The missing include entire families. 

3 thoughts on “Queensland catastrophe: looting in Ipswich; evacuation centres overwhelmed; thousands without power; fears of disease; 30,000 people to be effected in Brisbane; a “gruesome day” is predicted; whole families missing

  1. Ray says:

    Mike, how close to this flood are you? I have been in a couple and they are scary!

    • Watching the Deniers says:

      I’m in Melbourne, far away so I’m fine!

      I’ve family up there, but they’re OK.

      I don’t think people over seas appreciate just how bad it is, all of Australia is saddened.

  2. Ray says:

    I hope the best for them and Australia. I just returned from Chaiten, Chile which was wiped out in 2008 by a wet flood of volcanic ash. Roughly half the town washed into the bay.

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