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Brisbane Live at Work: Tuesday, January 29

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Stranded on top of a Gympie pub without access to necessities such as KFC, ice and cigarettes due to the flooding in Mary Street below - this pair hatched a plan. <a href="http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/bills-flood-of-ideas-20130129-2diij.html"><b>Read full report here</b></a> Photo: Craig Warhurst/The Gympie Times

Stranded on top of a Gympie pub without access to necessities such as KFC, ice and cigarettes due to the flooding in Mary Street below - this pair hatched a plan. Read full report here Photo: Craig Warhurst/The Gympie Times Photo: Craig Warhurst/The Gympie Times

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  • OK, so lets ask the big question. Did the flood water in Laidley back up because of the Wivenhoe Dam releases. Our opinion, YES! Was it technically necessary to release water or a political stunt? Why is the Lockyer Valley wrecked compared to downstream. We witnessed the backup of water firsthand. Could the Wivenhoe flood capacity have held enough to negate having to release into the river system and causing a massive backup. Answers please someone.

    Commenter
    Out in the Lockyer
    Location
    Lockyer Valley
    Date and time
    January 29, 2013, 4:57PM
    • The answer is no, even if your opinion is yes. Lots of rain was the cause of the flooding, not the backup of Wivenhoe dam. The water does not backup to even close to Laidley. You witnessed flooding.

      Commenter
      Hydrologist
      Date and time
      January 29, 2013, 5:27PM
  • Any news on the Qantas emergency between Brisbane & Townsville? (QF974)

    Commenter
    Lime
    Location
    Brisbane
    Date and time
    January 29, 2013, 4:39PM
    • loss of cabin pressure

      Commenter
      longjohn87
      Date and time
      January 29, 2013, 7:05PM
  • I'd like to move into a flood affected area to have my LED TV upgraded by the insurance company every 12 months.

    Commenter
    Retail Therapist
    Date and time
    January 29, 2013, 4:09PM
    • Interesting to see that some of Brisbane's water for the next week or two is coming from the desal plant that was a waste of money according to Newman's political colleagues.

      Newman has done nothing more that Bligh did two years ago - if he had "arrested the flood" as claimed below, nobody in Queensland would be flooded out - clearly that hasn't happened.

      Commenter
      2353
      Location
      Brisvegas
      Date and time
      January 29, 2013, 3:33PM
      • More interesting is that Newman started to plan his reponse a couple of weeks ago and by managing the dams properly he has saved hundreds if not thousands of properties. Pity Bligh and her mob of incompetents did not take the same approach but that would have interuppeted their christma.

        Commenter
        Denny
        Date and time
        January 29, 2013, 4:08PM
      • And amazingly 4 days now becomes weeks ago according to some people...

        Commenter
        John Michaels
        Date and time
        January 29, 2013, 4:44PM
      • Ex labor pollpaul Pasalli said last night that Newman spoke to him two weeks ago. If you have a problem with that take it up with Pasalli.

        Then again it wouldnt matter what he or anybody else says, you obviously have a distaste for newman so nothing would change your mind.

        Commenter
        Denny
        Date and time
        January 29, 2013, 5:23PM
    • Once disaster relief is taken care of its time we start talking about climate change, that 1 in 100 year flood is now a claim of the past, plus we've had 7 tornado's in the space of 24 hours, I know Australia gets the odd one off tornado once in a while but 7 is a serious wakeup call that we need action on Climate Change, and we needed it yesterday.

      Commenter
      David
      Location
      Gold Coast
      Date and time
      January 29, 2013, 3:25PM
      • ahem,

        David, please advise the connection between tornadoes and the theory of human induced climate change

        Commenter
        Jimc
        Date and time
        January 29, 2013, 4:31PM
      • Tornado's are formed when high and low air pressure systems interact with each other. Heightened emission of CO2 increase air pressure globally but still have adverse effects in local regions. We also know from the BOM that this storm was carried through by a low pressure system, so along with the drop in temperature and the strong winds all these elements gave a perfect formula for tornados, and being over metropolitan areas where emissions are higher than in regional areas these areas. Fortunately they were still small which means there is still time to act before greenhouse gasses increase air pressure dramatically.

        Commenter
        David
        Location
        Gold Coast
        Date and time
        January 29, 2013, 6:31PM
    • The flood was arrested by Premier Newman's decisive actions. He is to be commended for leading Queensland through a harrowing test with grace and honor.

      Commenter
      Frank MacGill
      Location
      Queensland
      Date and time
      January 29, 2013, 2:43PM
      • I hope he has the keys for the handcuffs then frank. From what I've seen the NewMan has overridden supposedly independent agencies and advice, exacerbated the flood by increasing water flow when not needed, and used the excuse that the flood was the result of water falling outside the Wivenhoe catchment zone. If I remember correctly he refused to accept that the same scenario was allowable when the other mob of failed managers were at the helm.

        Commenter
        John Michaels
        Date and time
        January 29, 2013, 4:48PM
      • No it wasn't. If anything, it was made worse by the unnecessary release. You'll be telling us he can walk on the stuff next.

        Commenter
        esteven
        Date and time
        January 29, 2013, 6:47PM
    • Those poor Brisbane people. Stay safe and my thoughts are with you.

      Commenter
      Daniel
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 29, 2013, 2:20PM
      • But it wasn't going to rain again, that's Tim Flannery"s "expert" analysis. Where is he when you need him, heard him a couple of weeks ago when we had 2 days of hot weather.

        Commenter
        DHT
        Date and time
        January 29, 2013, 1:37PM
        • Hmmm Interesting point - maybe BT could contact him for comment?

          Commenter
          null
          Location
          Brisbane
          Date and time
          January 29, 2013, 5:00PM
      • Roger, you look great in green ! @Amy Remeikis photo @11:26am

        Commenter
        Mr Icecream
        Date and time
        January 29, 2013, 12:45PM
        • A little off-topic here but does anybody else find it's slightly disconcerting that status updates of rather grim news have smiling thumbnails of journalists next to them?

          Commenter
          Pedantic
          Date and time
          January 29, 2013, 12:29PM
          • yes Pedantic, it irks me infact

            Commenter
            Yip
            Date and time
            January 29, 2013, 12:49PM
          • Regardless of what their picture is like, realise that journalists have to report the news. While (I am sure) they would prefer to report good news, I am sure they report the more tragic information without considering what their profile picture looks like. We will never know how news affects people, but I can assure you journalists worry and fret about tragic news stories just as much as we do.

            Commenter
            Marty
            Date and time
            January 29, 2013, 2:56PM
          • I'm not saying anything about their live coverage nor their job to report the news. I think they're doing a good job of keeping the rest of Australia informed. All I'm saying is that it's a bit disconcerting that some journalists have smiling pics while the status is of people without power or homes etc. On-topic, I feel sorry for the people who are affected.

            Commenter
            Pedantic
            Date and time
            January 29, 2013, 3:39PM
        • A lot of people should get a grip. There are endless comments about being out of power for hours, not being warned, mismanagement of the dams and blaming the incumbent government for everything. It's a flood, a force of nature. Emergency services and most segments of the community are doing their best to help in a time of exceptional circumstances. Stop trying to blame someone or gain cheap political mileage. The only people I have issues with are opportunistic individuals who quickly jacked up prices for everything from ice to treelopping, inflicting more pain and anger on a community that is already hurting.

          Commenter
          Makadabr
          Date and time
          January 29, 2013, 12:24PM
          • Yes Makadabr you are right people should get a grip including camp belle newman. It was him who tried to gain "cheap political mileage" by ordering the release of water from Wivenhoe against the advice of the professionals who understand what they are doing. No matter how he tries to gloss over it, this was nothing other than an attempt at political point scoring which has spectacularly backfired and has,without doubt, exacerbated flooding in the downstream river systems, and endangered peoples lives. The opposition should be asking some very pertinent questions once parliament resumes. This could and should be career ending for newman.

            Commenter
            Chesty LaRue
            Date and time
            January 29, 2013, 2:25PM
        • I see the flood claims total has gone from $48m to $70m in the last 4 odd hours. How about a live rolling "claims" counter like that one for the US debt? You could do one for number of flooded houses too.

          Commenter
          live updates
          Date and time
          January 29, 2013, 12:09PM
          • What are habitual houses? Perhaps the Lord Mayer means inhabited

            Commenter
            Chris
            Location
            Brisbane
            Date and time
            January 29, 2013, 11:12AM
            • Is that Swannies "Action Man Gear" in the photo
              Hilarious

              Commenter
              null
              Location
              Brisbane
              Date and time
              January 29, 2013, 11:08AM
              • Sorry, why is Swanny's shirt and jeans any more hilarious than everyone else's shirt and jeans?

                Commenter
                Jimbo from Logan
                Date and time
                January 29, 2013, 12:59PM
            • The school closure information shown on the Queensland Govt website is not accurate. It still shows Nundah state school as being shut, it is infact open.

              Commenter
              Chesty LaRue
              Date and time
              January 29, 2013, 10:46AM
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