About the Queensland Flooding of 2011

Starting late December 2010, the Australian state of Queensland experienced torrential rainfall, leading to severe flooding throughout much of January 2011. The excessive levels of rainfall were attributed to Tropical Cyclone Tasha and lead to the state’s second-largest flood in the past 100 years. Severe flooding was recorded throughout most of the Brisbane River catchment, affecting at least 70 towns, including the state capital of Brisbane. Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia and home to more than 1 million people. The flooding in Brisbane alone affected 200,000 people, caused residences of 2,100 streets to be evacuated, inundated 18,000 properties, and left 100,000 homes and businesses without electricity. In total, three-quarters of Queensland was declared a disaster zone. Altogether, 35 deaths were directly attributed to the flooding, while an additional 9 individuals were never found. The flooding severely damaged many roads and bridges leaving many individuals stranded in their homes until they could be rescued by the Australian Army. Due to the flooding, wildlife including bull sharks, snakes, and crocodiles were introduced into areas normally occupied by humans.  Economic losses were enormous, amounting to around $1.5 billion dollars Australian.