I don’t know about you, but I didn’t expect to be seeing scenes like these just a couple of years after January 2011. (See the new Gallery page for more pictures of today’s flooding.)
Then again, we shouldn’t be surprised: there’s no reason why floods should be spaced out evenly over time. Indeed, the historical record of Brisbane’s floods suggests that they often come in twos or threes.
Meanwhile, just downstream . . .
I’m also guessing that the Brisbane City Council wasn’t expecting their new backflow prevention devices to be put to use so soon. As explained in my essay Backflow to the Future, the Council has recently installed duckbill valves and flap-gates to prevent flooding in several locations, including the Cribb Street drainage system in Milton. This area spans between Cribb Street and Park Road.
After my little adventure this morning I took a walk around this area and could see no evidence of flooding. Unless this whole area is higher up than the Western Creek area (which I do not believe to be the case), this means that the duckbills and flap-gates are doing their job.
If this is the case then the Council can give itself a pat on the back. And if it has any sense, the Council will look for ways to tell everyone how many properties these devices saved from being flooded. Then again, the Council may not want to create too much work for itself. Before long, every suburb in Brisbane will be wanting one of these duckbill thingies . . .