WTF Queensland Floods

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Was just going to make a couple of posts in the flytrap over this but now shit is really getting crazy. Brisbane is probably getting hammered with flood waters as we speak.

It's like Australia's "Katrina".


http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/01/11/3110450.htm?section=justin

Raging floods bear down on Brisbane


Updated Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:19pm AEDT
The Brisbane River has broken its banks amid dire predictions of the biggest floods to hit Queensland's capital since 1974.



The weather bureau says the river is expected to reach major flood levels tomorrow afternoon and rise further on Thursday.


It is believed 9,000 homes will be inundated as floodwaters race towards the city.
Some areas have received up to 150 millimetres of rain in three hours.



Water is also rising quickly in the Bremer River at Ipswich, west of Brisbane, where it is expected to peak close to 19 metres.


Police are preparing residents and business owners in the inner-city suburb of West End for the possibility of evacuations later today.


The Brisbane City Council says more than 200 homes and businesses along the river are at risk, most at Rocklea, Albion, Milton and Auchenflower.


Police are advising all residents in low-lying parts of Strathpine and Dayboro to the north of Brisbane to evacuate to higher ground immediately.


Caboolture is isolated so evacuation out of town by car is impossible. Police are saying that people in low-lying areas who can should move to higher ground or prepare for rising water.

The threat to Brisbane comes after an inland tsunami swept through Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley yesterday, leaving nine people dead and 66 missing.
That wave of brown water is now making its way towards the Brisbane River and catchment areas, where the capital's defence of Wivenhoe Dam is struggling to hold back the deluge.


Officials have had to increase the amount of water being released from Wivenhoe because of major inflows coming from the Lockyer and Brisbane valleys.
The river has broken its banks in parts of West End and water is reportedly slowly creeping onto roads in low-lying areas there.


Buildings in Fortitude Valley and businesses at Eagle Street Pier in the city are also being evacuated.



The potentially looming disaster in the city is being made worse by cut and congested mobile phone lines, making communication difficult. Vodafone customers have been without reception for most of the morning.



People have been asked to stay off telephones unless absolutely necessary to avoid congesting lines for emergency services.

This is fucking crazy...
 

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I cannot imagine living my life on our rooftop with those floods around our house. They are even air lifted since the floods are flushing away everything on its path.
2012 is coming this tragic events are just there to ruin our future.
 

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Why would you put "150 millimeters" as your rainfall measurement? That's fucking retarded. People don't think in millimeters. Just put 15 centimeters, .15 meters, or, better yet, 6 inches. Stupid Australians.
 

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No one thinks in the smallest possible measurements, you douchewad. The brain generalizes size and distance more broadly than that in order to cut down on needless computations and make spatial awareness more easily achievable. How many inches are in a mile? No one knows. But everyone knows it's 5,280 feet. How many millimeters tall is Mount Everest? On the other hand you can probably respond with "8,848 meters."
 

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No one thinks in the smallest possible measurements, you douchewad. The brain generalizes size and distance more broadly than that in order to cut down on needless computations and make spatial awareness more easily achievable. How many inches are in a mile? No one knows. But everyone knows it's 5,280 feet. How many millimeters tall is Mount Everest? On the other hand you can probably respond with "8,848 meters."

When rain amount are so little then measuring them in larger units is stupid. Australia is more used to drought than flooding.
 

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It makes sense even up until a few centimeters. But once you're at 150 times that amount, shouldn't you just round down?
 

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the drought thing makes sense. OMG WE GOT 1MM OF RAIN

I think I've told this here before.. anyway..

A buddy of mine (Aussie) had friends come over from Australia to visit him here. They brought their 5 year old daughter with them. The 3rd day they were here, it rained and the daughter freaked out. She had never seen rain before..
 

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It makes sense even up until a few centimeters. But once you're at 150 times that amount, shouldn't you just round down?

It's common for us to refer to our height in Centimeters. For example, I would say I'm 178cm tall rather than saying I'm 1.78 meters tall.

Also the conversion between mm and cm and then onto meters is so simple and quick to apply that 150mm doesn't bother anyone.. That's the beauty of the metric system.