Rockhampton Floods 2011 – A Few Photos & Anecdotes Part Two

Rockhampton was in various stages of inundation for a long time. Our flood peak of 9.2 metres barely dropped 50 centimetres in a week. Water covered roads, houses and other infrastructure for up to three weeks.
The following shots were taken at various places around Rockhampton as the floodwaters rose and fell.

The boat ramp on the freshwater side of ‘The Barrage’ was almost under by New Years Eve.

Boat ramp - Richardson Rd Rockhampton 31 December 2010

Boat ramp - Richardson Rd Rockhampton 31 December 2010

This is the ramp three weeks later. Anywhere that water had been, this grey silt/mud mix was left behind

After The Flood - Nth Rockhampton Boat Ramp Richardson Rd 18 January 2011

The Kettle Park Cricket grounds are located not far from Gladstone Road (The Bruce Highway).  This shot was taken around the peak of 9.2 metres (11-01-2011)

Kettle Park John St Rockhampton Australia 11-01-2011

Kettle Park John St Rockhampton Australia 11-01-2011

When the floods in Rockhampton peaked, a number of businesses at the lower end of Gladstone Road were inundated. However, some were still open and accessible, but no-one knew. The Shell (Coles Express) servo & ‘Sam’s Warehouse’ were open for trading, but access to Gladstone Rd was confusing. Business was slow. This shot was taken near the entrance to the servo.

Gladstone Road Rockhampton 11 Jan 2011

Gladstone Road Rockhampton 11 Jan 2011 looking South

Animals had a hard time of it. This Brown snake was spotted next to a walking track at the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens. This one is looking very healthy, having only recently shed its skin. It must have been tough for the snakes. This is breeding time, when they’re supposed to be cruising for mates.

Brown Snake

Brown Snake on palm trunk - Rockhampton 2011

No doubt people have seen enough pics of destitute roos. This one (and its mate hidden in the grass) got stuck on this security fence line at the airport when the waters inundated the runways. The gullies were too deep for the roos, so they hung around for a week or so.

Kangaroo marooned at airport

Kangaroo marooned at airport



  1. twistyman said,

    January 23, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Sad indeed…

    I hate seeing stranded animals too…

    saw on mews last night that south east Aussie was getting it now..
    Victoria I think it was….

    wishing for this to end soon for you all….


    • Brad said,

      January 24, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      Hehe, thanks Twistyman. Don’t worry too much about those Kangaroos (I should blog this). The airport staff were aware of them. By Tina’s estimates, they arrived after the airport was closed. Tina took photos of the same area and saw no roos there. They may well have been half washed, half driven to that spot. Roos are survivors. On that note, stayed tuned for a post about Kangaroo trivia. I promise I won’t bore you!.

      Man, they are coping it bad. But media reports and realtime Twitter reports are rare. It’s opposite to the coverage up here. Even Northern NSW copped bad flooding and we heard little about it….

      I’ve been thinking of doing some serious research to post some figures on Aus floods for the past few months. Carnarvon in Western Australia copped a bad flood before us. New South Wales and Victoria got snow before our floods *In OUR Summer”.

      The whole planet is showing weird stuff.

  2. January 24, 2011 at 5:54 am

    Poor critters! Snakes and other reptiles probably have it roughest in a flood, but I don’t know how animals like kangaroos find food when their homes are under water. I hope the waters recede soon, not just for the animals, but the humans too!

    • Brad said,

      January 24, 2011 at 8:38 pm

      Hi Hangaku Gozen. The roos will survive. The snakes are another story. Many of their nesting sites will have been inundated with loss of eggs. Plus, they retreat from the water to high ground…which leads to humans getting freaked out & killing them. Poor buggers lose either way.

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