3 April 2017
Last Friday we developed two animations that show estimated flood extents of the major floods in Lismore and Murwillumbah, northern NSW. Today we extend that work and apply the same technique to effectively map and visualise many low-lying, flood-prone areas in Queensland. We choose the following two areas for demonstration:
Rockhampton along the Fitzroy River
Bundaberg along the Burnett River
In the aftermath of the Tropical Cyclone Debbie that made landfall on the Queensland coast last week and the accompanied heavy rainfall in vast regions, the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has issued major flood warnings for the Fitzroy River and Rockhampton (the largest city along the river) faces major inundation:
Flood Warning Number 31 Issued at 11:58 am EST on Monday 3 April 2017: A major flood peak of 9.00 metres is likely at Rockhampton during Wednesday. This flood level is just under the 2011 flood peak.