LATEST_ ADVICES FROM THE WAT-
A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION
The principal interest in the weather just at present centres in the question of our liability to a flood, and the rain which has already fallen has been so heavy as, taken in conjunction with what is still expected, to lead Mr: Ander- son, of the Weather Bureau, to predict a rise in the waters of the Brisbane equal to that of 1887. That flood reached in Brisbane a height of 7ft. 9in. above or- dinary high tide, which was many feet below the floods of 1890 and 1893. Should this prediction be verified, it will be under entirely different circumstances ; for the flood of 1887 was due to an ab- normally heavy rain in .Brisbane and Ipswich, and almost nine-tenths of it fell on a single day, causing very severe local flooding. At the same time it should be mentioned that not more than an hour before the issue of this forecast, Mr. Henderson, Hydraulic Engineer, In con- versation with a representative of this journal, who had asked him for tele- grams showing flood levels on the Bris- bane watershed, stated distinctly that there was at that time no reason to ap- prehend danger. Had he possessed Mr. Anderson's fuller details of rainfall, his opinion might possibly have been modi- fied ; but he evidently judged by the partial and uneven nature of the precipi- tation as indicated by the flood gauges at typical stations. At Lowood (about twenty miles from Ipswich) the river,
was 18ft. above summer lovel, tlibugh, rising 1ft. per hour ; the danger level at this station (as laid down by the "Water Supply Department) is 52ft. aibove summer level, and the flood level of 1890 reached over 72ft. This portion of 'the river is, of course, below the junction of the Stanley, and some of the heaviest rain fell higher up, and would not have had time to reach Lowood. At Caboon- bah, for instance, there was a fall of 5.60in. up to 9 a.m. yesterday, and heavy rain during the day ; at 9 p.rni. the water had reached 37ft. on the gauge, and waa still rising, the danger level being 48ft., and the 1890 flood level 68ft. The latest gauge figures from Woodford were taken at 6 o'clock, and there the water had reached 23ft. 3in. on the gauge, having passed the danger level (22ft.), and was still rising. This station reported the heaviest rainfall on the watershed, being 6.49in. up to 9 a.m., and heavy rain dur-
The rain appears to hava been "com- paratively light on the Southern water- shed of the Brisbane, as well as in the South Coast districts.
The rain in Brisbane practically ceased shortly after sunset last evening ; but the weather up to the time of going to press appeared to give promise of more rain shortly, though there was but little
LAST EVENING'S FORECASTS.''
In his General Remarks, dated 4.15 p.m< yesterday, Mr. A. W. Anderson aays : Over the south-western portion of Aus- tralia high barometers obtain, while be- tween South Australia, Southern Queens- land, New South Wales, "Victoria, Tas- mania, the Tasman Sea, and New, Zea- land a large anticyclone exists. Al- though " Tau" is being pushed off thef Queensland coast, it Shas held its own,' with much persistence between Brisbane and Noumea ; to this is attributable the
heavy and general rains over the Brls- . bane watershed. Relatively high près- ' sure exists over New Guinea. In the far northern portion of Western Aus- tralia there is an area of relatively, low,
The following Special Forecast ' was lssued at 9.30 p.m. :
Judging from the reports received,<.it is expected that the neighbournood of Ipswich and Brisbane will be affected by the flood-v/aters to about the level o£ 1887 mark, so far as we can see at the present time, and considering that more rain is likely over the watershed. More details will be available ^ to-morrow, shortly after 10, and immediate advicea will be posted from time to time.
BRISBANK WATERSHED AND
9 a.m., Uth February«
Rainfall last twenty-four hours:- .
Cressbrook: ?».82in.; river 22ft. above normal; rising 1ft. per hour; raining now*
Esk: 3.2tin.; creeks running strong; raining.
Fassifern: 0.41in.; 2ft.- of water in.
creeks. ' # .*
Ipswich: 0.59in.; iriver normái; cloudy.
Woodlord: 6.491n.; river up (19ft., an® rising; raining.
Goodna: 0.53in.; riv-cr about 3ft. above high-wat»r level.
Nanango: 1.50Í01.;- créeles Burnett and Brisbane 2ft. aboA'e normal and rlsdnig slowly; raining.
Caboonbah: S.GOin.; river 33ft. above
summer level and rising 1ft. per hour, i,
2 p.m., 11th February :
LoAvood : Rainfall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4.50in. Rained all the morning. Very heavy now.
Fassifern, 1 p.m.: Rain since 9 a.m.« O.Oaln. ' . .
9 p.m., 11th February :- . '''
Esk : Raining heavily. ' Rain since 1 p.m., 2.25in. ' Creeks about 4ft. deep.
Ipswich : Raining. Rain since 2 p.m., 0.30in. River about 5ft. fresh.
Nanango : Raining heavily. Rain since 9 a.m., 1.70in. All creeks flooded ; 10ft. above normal. Barambah and others rising ; black lookout.
.Fassifern : Showerv. -Rain since 1 p.m., 0.17in.
Caboonbah : Raining. Rain sinte
2.30' p.m., 2.45in. River now 37ft. on
gauge, and rising.
Woodford : Showery. Rain since 1 p.m., 3.26in. River 7ft. 9in. above floor of bridge, and rising slowly.
Cressbrook : Steady rain. Rain since 1 p.m., 1.95in. River up another 10ft. since last report, and still rising 1ft. 9in.
Brisbane : Rain since 2.30 p.m., 0.41¡n. Caboolture, 5 p.m.: Rainfall since 9 a.m., 3.4in. Flood in riA-er near 1390 flood-mark, and rising rapidly. , Still
HYDRAULIC ENGINEER'S TELE-
Woodford, 5.50 p*.m.: Water 23ft. 3in. on gauge. Rising about O.n. per hour.
Cressbrook, 4 5 r>.m.: Water 20ft. on gauge ; rising about 3ln. per hour.
Lowoood, 4.50 p.m.: River 4 p.m. lSft' above summer level ; rising 1ft. r^
' REPORTS FROM THE COUNTRY.
(By Telegraph from our Correspondents.)
GYMPIE, February 13.
It Is still raining continuously, Avith occasional heavy - showers. There has been a considerable rise in the river, ihe water being now over the guide-posts on the Channon-street, Bridge, and still rising at the rate of Oin. an hour, i
MARYBOROUGH, February li.
Ste'ady rain is falling here, but there are n0 signs of a storm.
AUGATHELLA, February 11.
Heavy rain has fallen here, ana grass and water are plentiful on the stock routes. i
BLACKALL, February 11.
The total rainfall here since the 1st instant is 10.61in.
BARCALDINE, February 11.
Only light rains have fallen here since last report.
GLADSTONE, February 31.
Heavy rains have fallen here since Sunday night, and the weather is still
close and cloudy. Communication Avith i the outside districts is still irregular. |
COOKTOWN, February 30.
The weather is still unsettled and warm, Avith occasional heavy shoAvers. Since the 1st January over 26in. pf rain have fallen All the riA'ers aro up, and travelling is difficult.
COOKTOWN, Feoruary 11
Rain commenced to fall again about noon to-day, and still continues, and there is no present appearance of the weather clearing.
RAINFALL FOR TWENTY-FOUR
Rainfalls for twenty-four hours to 9
a.m. list instant :
Ayr, 2.92in. Junction Creek, .Bloomsbury, 2.70in. 0.G7in.
Bowen, 4.30ln. Karumba, 0.17in. Cairns, 0.25in. Laura, l.^Sin.
Cape York, 0.40In. Mackay, 3.S0in.
Clare, 1.75in. MaytOAvn, O.Clin. Clarke River, 0.49in. Moreton, O.OSin.
Charters Towers, Musgrave, 0.89in.
O.Olin. Montalbion, 1.22in. Cpen, 1.14in. M'Donnell, 0.46in.
"Dungeness, 0.50in. Normanton, 0.02In. Fairview, 1.69in. Palmerville, 1.2din. Geraldton, 0.13in. Pentland, 0.02in.
Gilbert River, RaA'enswood, 0.06in.
0.05in. Tate River, O.UDln. Haughton Valley, Townsville, |1.90in.
0.04in. Thornborough, Herberton, 0.79in. 1.03in.
Homestead, 0.2öin. Thursday Island, Ingham, O.OSin. 1.25in.
Alice, 0.37in. Isisford, 0.09in. Alpha, 0.06in. Jericho, 0.18in.
Aramac, 0.93in. Marlborough, O.OSln. Avon Downs, 0.05m. Miriam Vale, Barcaldine, 0.14in. 0.5Sin.
Blackall, 2.62in. Nebo, B.GOin.
Blackwater, O.lOin. Pine Hill, 0.95in. Blogantungan, Raglan, O.Slin.
0.S4in. Rockhampton« Boonberry, 0.68in. ', 1.49in.
Bustard Head, Rolleston, 0.07in.
1.72in. Saltern, 0.20in.
Camboon, O.OSln. Springsure, 0.34in.
Clermont, 0.18in. St. Lawrence, l.lOln. Collaroy, 5.50in. Tambo, 0.06in.
Comet, 0.02in. Westwood, 0.34in. Emu Park, 1.40in. Yeppoon, 1.29in, ,
Adavale, 0.28in. Killai'ney, 0.51in. Allora, 0.231n. Kilkivan, 2.71in.
Augathella, 0.25in. KilkiA'an Junction, Beau'desert, G.95in, 3.08in.
Beenleigh, 0.37in. Laidley, 0.61in.
Bingera, 0.79in. Landsborough, " Bollon, O.OSin. 4.70In.
Bundaberg, 1.48in. Leyburn, 0.131n. i Cabarlah, 1.301n. Lowood, 5.35in.
Caboolture, 1.05m. Marburg, 0.57in. Caboonbah, 6.60in., Maryborough, Cambooya, 0.44In. , 1.27in.
Cape Moreton, Miles, 0.76in.
1.24in. 'Mitchell, 0.07in. Charleville, 0.48iir. Morven, 0.24in. Childers, 0.69in. Mount Crosby, Cleveland, 0.73im , 0.82in. . ,
Clifton, O.lSin. ' Mount Perry, Coomera, 0.49in. 0.89in.
Cooran, O.OOln. Muckadilla, 0.24in* Cooroy, 6.30in. Mungari-, l.42in.
Cressbrook, 3.S2in. Mungindi, O.OSin. Crow's Nest, 3.S2in. Murphy's Creek, Cunnamulla, 0.67in. 1.17in.
Dalby, 0.49in. Nanango, 1.50in. Dalveen; ,0.G6in. Nerang, 0.40in.
Dinmore, 0.60in. Palmwoods, 5.40in. Dirranbandi, 0.25in. Pine River, 0.85in. Double Island Pittsworth, 0.24in.
Point, 3.28in. Redcliffe, 0.70in. Dunwich, 0.48m. Roma, 0.65in.
Eidsvold, 0.12in. Rosewood, O.SGin, Esk, 3.21in. Southport, 0.09in.'
Eulo, 0.35in. ' Spring Bluff, 1.5Sin. Fassifern, 0.41in. Stanthorpe, 0.59in. Fernvale, 0.70in. St. Helena, 0.89in. Forest Hill, 0.32in. Surat, O.S6in.
Gatton, 0.52in. Taroom, 0.20in.
Gayndah, 0.29in. Tewantin, 4.581n. Goondiwindi, 0.21in. Thargomindah, Grandchester, O.Olin.
0.92in. Tiaro, l.S3in.
Gympie, 3.513n. Toowoomba, 0.441n. Harrisville, 0.55in. Wallangarra, 0.44ln. Hawkwood, 0.26in. Walloon, 0.56in.
Helidon, 0.201n. ' Warwick, 0.22in.
Inglewood, 0.19in. Woodford, 6.49in.
Inskip Point, 3.55in. Woowoonga, 0.45m. Ipswich, 0.59in. Yandilla, 0.17in. Isis Junction, Yandina, 4.95in.
0.67in. Yeulba, 0.701n.
Brisbane and suburbs (within a radius
of' twelve miles).
Brisbane Observa- Gold Cr^ak, 0.85in.
tory, 0.65in. Goodna, G.Si'in. Albion, 0.S41n. Indoorooiiilly, Bald Hills, 0.91in. 0.50in.
.Botanic Gardens, Lytton, 0.4ila
OMSin. Nundah, 0 R3in.
Bulinioa, 0 63in. Sandgate, 9.6»in. Catiemba, 3.32Ih. South Brisbane, Clayfield, U.761n. Q.lSln.
Corinda, 0.60-in. Yeerongpilly,
Darra., 0.¿7in. 0 GGin. j - Enoggera, 0.59in. ,
HEAVY RAIN ON THE NORTH OOAST
Our Pine River «correspondent, writing on-Monddy, says :-" Tau," or some other agent of a -destructive nature, lias been paying us a visit, and leaving its traces an -different parts of this district. Last nlgfht a. very strong south-east wind, ¡ac- companied by heavy rain, blew for hours, .and this morning- South Pine River over- flowed its banks, covering a long stretch of road between Bald Hills and Strath- pine. The crops on the low-lying land have suffered ?considerately, especially maize and lucerne. We were hoping this year to escape floods, because for live <or six years past they have scarcely 'been 'absent from our midst. However, our farmers are not easily daunted, and no doubt will buckle -to and overcome the present as they have overcome many others. The 'bridge at North Pine is still without side protections, which means danger to anyone with a restivei horse, ßur timber trade Js at a stand- still, as the roads are too wet to travel.
Wrinng yesterday, our Caboolture cor- respondent says : -'The momentary glimpse lof the sun yesterday afternoon Was .deceptive. It nas rained nearly ev-ei since. From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. to .day it has rained incessantly. The river Is *a-gain up, and all the creeks -and holes arc overflowing. We are most unmis
taltably In, for a very big flo'od, The I Kilcoy mail coach left this morning, but w11', not get further than Woodford. At Landsborough the rain has been very heavy. If the-rain continues, as it pro- bably will, from all appearances, the North Coast line between here and Bris- bane will be blocked by to-morrow. Con- siderable damage is done to the crops of standing corn, which will fare still worse In the event of any wind squalls setting