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Brisbane CBD @ January 12 23:50

Brisbane CBD is all but abandoned. Previously manned police outposts have packed up and left. Albert Street is currently under a foot of water.

The ferry stop ramp is completely submerged:

And the Jade Buddha carpark ain’t going to be taking traffic anytime soon:

Meanwhile water is starting to flow out of the drains at Albert St, if that goes under completely we’ll be surrounded by water:

Flood Levels unchanged @ 6pm Jan 12 2011

Latest photo, levels don’t appear to have increased again but that has to be put in the context that the tides actually going out and the water isn’t going down. Tonight will be very interesting indeed.

January 12 @ 6pm

Brisbane Floods 2011

So, I’ll start this off, I’m currently in the middle of the Brisbane CBD monitoring one of the many datacentres located within the city. We’re on the 21st floor of a non-inundated (yet anyway) building but water is starting to lap all around us. The Brisbane river is starting to break into Eagle St while the storm water drains at Albert Street are starting to push water out. We’re lucky, we’ve got 24hrs of fuel loaded into the generator and at least another 48hrs of fuel stock piled here so the facility shouldn’t be affected. We’ll be isolated though so I’ll try to continue to provide updates.

For now, here’s a photo of the water as it stands as of an hour ago:
Eagle Street