Queensland Floods – 2011
Depending on who you ask, Queensland had been in drought for between 10 and 30 years. However, after unprecedented rainfall over the beginning of this summer, rivers and dams across South Eastern Queensland reached peak levels and beyond, breaching their banks and levies and reeking havoc on communities throughout the region. Dozens were killed – predominantly in The Lockyer Valley upon which much of this work focuses – while property, cars, livestock and infrastructure were swept downstream in the raging torrents. The damage bill from the floods will run into the billions and subsequently have the greatest impact of any natural disaster on Australia’s GDP in the countries history.