Sunday, January 14, 2007

1974 Flood Level Marker

In the midst of the City Botanic Gardens, on the main walkway from the Albert Street entrance through to the City Garden's Cafe, is the 1974 Brisbane flood level marker. In January 1974 Brisbane was subjected to the worst flooding of the Brisbane River since before the turn of the century. Over a foot of water fell in the course of two days, with more in the reaches above the city.

A large area of the city of Brisbane was flooded, 14 people lost their lives, and 6700 homes were ruined. 5000 people were left homeless. This marker in the gardens was erected in 1999 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the floods, and the level reached by the flood in the gardens. Since then, the Wivenhoe Dam was built to negate this from happening again. Given the current harsh water restrictions in place, and the lack of water in that Dam, another heavy rain to fill the dam would be quite welcome.

My kids love the Gardens, and its not difficult to coax them into the city on the weekend to run around, play cricket and explore. Its also not difficult to get them to pose for cheesy photo's on some of city's fine landmarks. My son, Ethan, was happy to indulge in a spot of sit in Dad's photos. I have to admit, I encouraged him to do it!

Cheers, I Love Brisbane, Wes.

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1 comment:

mollymcmo said...

cute model you have there!
1974! crikey i wasn't even alive then! :)