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A Flood marker erected by the Brisbane City Council in 1999 commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the 1974 Brisbane Flood.

The 1974 Brisbane flood occurred in January 1974 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, when waterways in the city experienced significant flooding. The Brisbane River, which runs through the heart of the city, broke its banks and flooded the surrounding areas.


Address:Moggill Road, Rafting Ground Reserve, Pullenvale, 4069
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.520455
Long: 152.923154
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Disaster


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In January 1974 Brisbane was subjected to the worst flooding of the river since 1893. Heavy rain began to fall on Friday 25 January and by Saturday night 375mm had fallen in Brisbane. There were higher falls in the inland parts of the catchment.

Vast areas of Brisbane were flooded and 14 lives were lost, 6700 homes ruined and 5000 people left homeless. The cost was almost $200 million. Those who were unharmed rallied to help those less fortunate. Few who lived through the flood will forget them.

This marker was erected to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1974 flood. A maximum level of 14.5m was reached by the floodwaters in the Rafting Ground Reserve of Tuesday 29th January 1974.

Since the 1974 floods, Wivenhoe Dam has been built on the Brisbane river near Fernvale. The dam was designed with excess capacity to store floodwaters and if it had been in place in 1974, the flood level here would have been 3.2m lower.

Each year the council allocates substantial funds to regional and local drainage projects across the city to reduce the impact of flooding on residents.

Source: MA
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