Southern Queensland floods

Southern Queensland is flooding. By this time yesterday, almost 200 millimetres of rain had fallen on Charleville and Quilpie. Roads have been inundated and many of the towns the University of Sydney Simpson Desert research team pass through have been cut off.

The March research trip, due to leave Sydney for the Simpson Desert this weekend, has been postponed to a later date.

On March 1, Birdsville recorded its biggest rain in a century.

While the Channel Country can expect floods every year, Scott Mason from the Diamantina Shire says this one caught people by surprise. 

People staying at Bush Heritage Reserve’s, Ethabuka Station, (one of the Dickman Lab’s desert research sites) had to be airlifted back to Bedourie.

You can read the full ABC report here.

Pictorial comparisons

These before photos were taken on the way home from the Simpson Desert research trip in December last year. Compare them with the photos ABC posted online this week.



Standing outside the back of the Birdsville Hotel




Flying over Birdsville



ABC's David Brook's photo of floodwaters lapping at the Birdsville Hotel


ABC's David Booke's photo of a flooded Birdsville road


Cooper’s Creek


Coopers Creek from the air in December 2009



ABC's Paul Lockyer's photo of a flooded Coopers Creek and country


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