2011 Rocky Floods Part 3 – A Few Comparisons

Here’s a few shots that may (or may not) show some comparisons as the water rose in Rockhampton.

This is a shot over the Yeppen Floodplains when the river level was at 8.5m. At this height the airport, train services and highways to the South and West are closed.


Rocky Floods 2011 Looking Across Yeppen Floodplains At 8.5m



Here’s the same area several days later with the river peaking at 9.2m.


Rocky Floods 2011 Looking Across Yeppen Floodplains Storm Over Gracemere In The Distance



Here’s the difference out at the airport. At 8.5m…


Rocky Floods 2011 Looking Over Rockhampton Airport At 8.5m



… and at 9.2m, there’s not much left that’s dry.


Rocky Floods 2011 Airport Staff Driving Along Runway At Peak



And… something a little more personal. This is our son Alex outside his house at 8.5m. The little silver tag on the powerpole in the background is the 1991 flood level (9.3m) marker.


Rocky Floods 2011 Our Son's House At 8.5m



And this is what his street looks like at the peak of 9.2m. It’s up there somewhere…


Rocky Floods 2011 Our Son's Street At 9.2m



Stay tuned…





  1. January 10, 2011 at 5:11 pm

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  2. twistyman said,

    January 10, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Thanks for pics and update….

    and a fine looking man your son is…..

    all I know is I want my “Damn Aussie” friends to stay safe..
    and preferable dry…..

    I swear after every TV news report hear I look at the phone wanting to call…

    stay safe you both..

    love Ya..

    • Tina said,

      January 13, 2011 at 10:10 pm

      You call whenever you want Twisty, but I promise we’ll take care. We’re quite dry and safe. Thanks for being such a worry wart. Love you too 😎

  3. GOF said,

    January 11, 2011 at 6:51 am

    An extraordinary series of photographs in this post and the previous one Tina. I hope you and your son are OK with the river at it’s peak.
    I know one of the worst things about cyclones is the wait before it arrives…..but the Rocky flood is even worse…knowing a week in advance that this horror is about to descend and remain for at least a week.
    Our thoughts and best wishes with you and everyone from Rocky south who are so badly affected.

    • Tina said,

      January 13, 2011 at 10:30 pm

      It’s kind of strange GOF. I think (to a certain extent) that our history of floods has established a strong awareness of our river. We live on a huge river and it’s unavoidable that it will flood… does kind of regularly. People are fairly sensible about it all and handle it quite well. I’m also incredibly proud of all our Emergency Services personnel… they’ve all done an exemplary job.

      And even though we are effectively cut off at the moment, we’re not really. And much of the city is way above flood level. It’s only a few older areas of town that are badly affected by water. And the funny thing is… many of the residents of these areas wouldn’t live anywhere else. Some have grown up in the area, most have been through floods once or twice before… and all pull together in hard times, regardless.

      But really, we have it pretty easy here. We get plenty of warning, and our river holds the water pretty well, all considered. It’s only a pretty big flood like this that gives us many problems. Rather than be scary, it’s somewhat of an exciting event here (that’s another peculiar Rockhampton trait, I guess).

      I don’t mean to play down the dangers of floods, but I do think we’re kind of lucky here, in comparison to many other places. We’ve had much less tragedy, and much less damage than our other Queensland cousins. I’m very thankful for us on the one hand… and saddened by the tragedy elsewhere on the other.

      Thanks for dropping in 😎

      • GOF said,

        January 15, 2011 at 8:25 am

        For as long as I can remember Rocky has suffered regular flooding with very little fanfare or drama.

        I hope your Son’s house and property is not too badly affected.

        • Tina said,

          January 15, 2011 at 10:53 am

          No, they’re pretty right. The water only came up about 4 feet under the house. They moved everything they could upstairs, so the washing machine and dryer, tools, etc are all safe. They stayed in the house for the duration… a flood doesn’t really effect life in his part of town. The water is calm and most of the residents stay… most of them have boats to get from home to dry land just up the road where they park their cars. He didn’t have to work at the time due to the flood, so he took full advantage of the situation with a borrowed blow-up boat. I think it was a bit of a novel experience for both of them… although I”m sure they welcomed the retreat of the water after those couple of weeks. There are others who evacuated and are still waiting to get back into their houses.

          Anyway, they had the shell of a little Swift under the house that he’s been doing up.But luckily, he’d already stripped it to paint it so all the insides are fine. That was about the only thing they lost, and insurance will cover that. They had a bit of mud to clean up, but his boss lent them a gurney… and that was probably worth it all to the lad. He is 20 years old, after all… 😉

          All things considered, they’re very lucky.

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