Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Australia chapter Queensland – Great Barrier Reef has to say about Brisbane:
When Brisbane suffered devastating floods in early 2011, Queenslanders came together to help the city’s speedy recovery.”
Wild weather in the Sunshine State in December 2010 and January 2011 caused major flooding throughout Queensland, with many towns inundated and isolated. Brisbane did not escape the onslaught, recording its biggest flood since 1974.
The usually placid Brisbane River became a swirling torrent of brown water sweeping boats, pontoons and other debris downstream towards the sea. Flood water streamed into the Central Business District’s river- front areas, while in low-lying suburbs only rooftops remained above the waterline. More than 30,000 homes were affected by the floods.
Popular attractions such as South Bank Parklands and the Riverside Centre were also affected, while the Riverwalk, the section of floating walkway of the riverside path, was destroyed. Along the riverfront, the city’s ferry terminals suffered substantial damage, with many docks swept away, disrupting Brisbane’s busy ferry services.
After the clean-up, restoration and reconstruction of damaged areas proceeded rapidly. In many parts of the city little evidence of the floods remained a few months later.”
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