THE DAY BRISBANE FLOODED (AGAIN)
Today is the 5th anniversary of the 2011 floods in South-East Queensland. I had actually forgotten about it all until seeing some of the Brisbane Open Tennis matches at the Queensland Tennis Centre, a sports complex heavily impacted by flood waters given its placement near the Brisbane River.
At the time of the floods I was working for Queensland Government using my design and photography skills, and when the floods happened I knew the importance of documenting some of the events for archival purposes (I also spent a lot of time working with QSA, The Queensland State Archives). My suburb of Indooroopilly was, for the most part, cut off, along with many other areas of Brisbane. Fortunately I wasn’t affected personally other than going without power for a couple of days.
When access to the city was resumed, I was also tasked with documenting clean up on a couple of sites, one of which being the Brisbane Tennis Centre.
Here are a few of my photographs from that time.
I first observed the flood waters when I investigated to see whether the immediate area I lived in was under threat. This was a short walk from Indooroopilly train station towards the
It seemed like the geography of Indooroopilly saved a lot of homes, with the worst loses coming from flood waters that would overtake the Indooroopilly golf course and creep up into nearby homes.
Looking from the William Jolly Bridge area towards Chelmer, which was hard hit.
My local convenience store.
Milton Road from Auchenflower.
Any local residents of Auchenflower will recognise this nun mannequin, aptly wearing her floaties for the occasion.
It took a huge amount of time and effort to restore Suncorp Stadium. Even after I had left Government and begun working with Brisbane Roar Football Club, it was still a good year before the areas underneath the stadium were finished refurbishment and regained their original functions.
More damage at Rosalie and Chelmer.
Repairs taking place at a school in Jindalee, some classrooms having to be almost completely replaced by workers from QBuild.
And finally, some of the damage at the Queensland Tennis Centre, water rised above the height of the umpire’s chair.