Major Incidents

In early 2011, Australia witnessed some of the worst flooding in the country’s history in the southeast corner of Queensland, leaving thousands homeless and many missing or dead. In the small town of Toowoomba, people, vehicles, animals and houses were washed away by an “inland tsunami,” caused by heavy rains in the Lockyer valley. A short while later, the beautiful river city of Brisbane was devastated by the worst flooding since 1974 (see Figure 1, p. 56).