[First filed: Dec 9, 2010 @ 8:31]
[The back of Riverside Plaza this morning]
The NSW SES is very worried that the Captains Flat Dam is going to fail amid concerns about flooding in Queanbeyan.
The dam failure warning system for Captains Flat Dam earlier this morning triggered a red alert. This has been downgraded and it is now issued as an Amber Alert. The dam is not expected to fail at this level but if the water keeps rising, a Red Alert could be triggered and major flooding of Captains Flat could result.
UPDATE: In the ACT the ESA is also expressing concern about Oaks Estate.
If you have pictures, as always, send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org .
FURTHER UPDATE: Pretty soon it won’t matter how many spillways they open at Scrivener Dam:
UPDATE 3: Dave has sent in pictures from Captains Flat with this note:
the crimes are in captains flat ATM “recreating” an event that happened earlier today. Where a local man caught a large yellowbelly on the bowling green. I was there when it happened and wondered if you would like (to publish) the actual pictures? also have some of the river and water over the dam wall.
Pictures in the slideshow.
UPDATE 4: ACTPol_Traffic on Twitter is reporting Scrivener Dam has now been closed to traffic.
UPDATE 5: The National Capital Authority is giving notice that they’re considering opening the 5th gate of Scrivener this afternoon for the first time since 1976. They ask the public to stay away.
UPDATE 6: And the first joke has arrived, see below the fold!
UPDATE 7: Queanbeyan and Palerang have now been declared natural disaster areas.
UPDATE 8: The RSPCA is appealing for donations to help displaced Queanbeyan pet owners.
UPDATE 9: ACTEW are justifying why water from their Googong dam is raging through Queanbeyan.
UPDATE 10: TAMS have produced a very handy road closure guide.
UPDATE 11: Over 100 pictures in the slideshow! Keep them coming to email@example.com
UPDATE 12: Queanbeyan now trending number 4 on Twitter nationally.
UPDATE 13: TAMS have a new road closures list out.
UPDATE 14: Queanbeyan City Council’s website makes no mention at all of the town split asunder by floodwaters. (as at 16:30, 9 December 2010)
(Slideshow below, thanks to Ricky, Trina, Aussielyn, Peter, Kirrily, Amelia, Alexander, Snarky, UrbanAdventure, Davecpd, Dave, motleychick, ozchick, jake, James, Che and Hank)
Joke sent in by OzChick:
PLEASE DIG DEEP PEOPLE
Torrential rain hit Queanbeyan in the early hours of Wednesday 8th December 2010.
Victims were seen wandering around aimlessly, flannies soaked, woollen trackies sagging, muttering ‘Faaackinell’.
Flood waters devastated the area causing approximately $30 worth of damage, $10 of that at Karabar alone.
Three areas of historic burnt out cars were disturbed. Many locals were woken well before their Centrelink cheques arrived.
The Queanbeyan Age reported that hundreds of residents were confused and bewildered and were still trying to come to terms with the fact that something interesting had happened in Queanbeyan .
One resident – Tracy Maree Sharon Britney Madonna Smith, a 15-year-old Mother of 5 said ‘It was such a shock, my little daughter Chardonnay-Mercedes came running in to my bedroom crying. My youngest two
Joachim and River slept through it all.’
Apparently, looting, muggings and car crime were unaffected and carried on as normal with a 95.7 % saturation rate .
The Australian Red Cross has so far managed to ship 4,000 crates of Bacardi-Breezers to the area to help the stricken locals particularly those at Jerrabomberra also known as Lower Tralee or East Machonachie.
Rescue workers are still searching through the rubble and have found large quantities of personal belongings, including Health Care Cards, Jewellery from Kmart and Bone China from Big W.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
This appeal is to raise money for food and clothing parcels for those unfortunate enough to be caught up in this disaster.
Clothing is most sought after – items most needed include: flannelette Shirts, tight blue jeans or spandex, singlets (blue & white) white sport socks, Ugg boots and any other items usually sold in Priceline or The Reject Shop.
Food parcels may be harder to come by, but are needed all the same.
Required foodstuffs urgently needed include: Microwave meals, Baked Beans, Ice cream, Chips, Fizzy drinks.
Donations of $15.00 will be taken to buy a packet of winny blue