4000 launch class action over Queensland flood

Louise Hall More than 4000 residents and businesses affected by the devastating floods in Brisbane and Ipswich in January 2011 have launched legal action claiming engineers failed to properly operate the...

Temperatures soar as tides rise to flood city streets


Alexandra Back, Matthew Kelly Streets in Tempe and Haberfield were flooded and water splashed onto the wharves around Circular Quay as king tides hit much of Australia's coastline on Thursday morning.

UK tiff erupts over blame for flood damage

UK Environment Agency Chairman Chris Smith hit back at the government over the handling of floods affecting southern England, saying spending cuts had reduced his team's ability to prevent the...

Brisbane expected to flood

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Marissa Calligeros One man is dead and three people are feared drowned in Queensland’s unfolding weather crisis, as Brisbane and Ipswich residents brace for flooding for the second time in as many years.

Hundreds evacuated as Grafton braces for record flood


Megan Levy More than 2100 residents in Grafton have been ordered to evacuate on Tuesday morning as authorities prepare for the Clarence River to hit a record peak at midday which authorities warn will cause...

Flood crisis claims fourth victim

The usually tranquil Wategos Beach in the wake of Cyclone Oswald.

Marissa Calligeros A three-year-old boy became the fourth and youngest victim of Queensland's flood crisis, as the remnants of ex-tropical cyclone Oswald advanced across the state's border leaving rising rivers in its...

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Flood cover rises to unaffordable levels

John Miller stands near the Doctors house in Thompson square Windsor.The flood waters of 1867? reached the top balcony.Insurance premiums are soaring for flood coverage..For people living in the flood plain of the Hawkesbury -Nepean areas that means flood coverage is too steep to afford which leaves them exposed.15th of feb 2013Photo: Jacky Ghossein

Peter Hannam Thousands of Australians are facing soaring insurance premiums for flood cover, forcing many to ditch protection even as the risk of extreme weather increases.

Flood tragedy as teen dies collecting golf balls

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Stephanie Gardiner TEENAGER Luke O'Neill was happy, active and ''always smiling'', but his fun way to earn pocket money turned tragic when he was swept into a drain while collecting golf balls on the mid-north coast.

Flash-flood warning as farmers hope for falls


Stephen Cauchi Heavy rain is expected to hit northern Victoria, bringing relief for drought-affected farmers, but also the potential for flash-flooding.

Nile, Ganges to flood more as planet warms: study

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Climate change is likely to worsen floods on rivers such as the Ganges, the Nile and the Amazon this century while a few, including the now-inundated Danube, may become less prone, according to a...

Hawkesbury region on flood alert as dam spills

Warragamba Dam.

A flood warning has been issued for the NSW Hawkesbury region with Warragamba Dam overflowing after a week of sodden weather.

Satellites may reduce flood risks from melting glaciers

In a warming world, the threat of "glacial lake outburst floods" is becoming increasingly urgent.

Scammers surface amid the Queensland flood crisis


Chalpat Sonti Consumer protection authorities have warned that a regular after-effect of tragedies such as the Queensland floods could be about to start up again.

Brisbane braces for flood disaster

Queensland floods: Brisbane

Selma Milovanovic Large areas of Brisbane were bracing last night for a potentially catastrophic flood surge from the Toowoomba region, where more than 20 people are feared to have died.

State disaster declared as flood waters rise in outback Queensland

Families on stations around the south-west Queensland town of Mitchell are being airlifted to higher ground as flood levels continue to rise.

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Fresh flood alerts issued for 50-year inundation

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Ben Cubby, Saffron Howden and Emily Crane The biggest floods to hit the state in 50 years were sweeping across tracts of NSW last night, as the state government declared 30 separate disaster zones and planned mass evacuations in more than a...

North coast seeks flood recovery aid


Tim Barlass Authorities in flood-hit areas of northern NSW have urged the state and federal governments to declare natural disaster zones.

Panic food buying after flood


Darren Cartwright and Lema Samandar PANIC food buying is threatening to cause problems in the central Queensland town of Emerald as floodwaters sweep across the region, the local mayor says.

Flood damage in millions

Jennifer Rajca and Danny Corvini The damage bill from the wettest start to summer in 20 years is expected to run into the billions of dollars.

Damage bill swells as flood levels rise further


The Governor of Bangkok has issued a dramatic warning to residents of the Thai capital to prepare for floodwaters to roll deeper into the city from suburban areas already choking under the deluge.