My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Queensland Premier Anna Bligh press conference: situation worsens, 80-100ml of rain into catchments… #
  • Bligh: We have a grim and desperate situation in Toowoomba and Lockyer region… 72 people unaccounted for… grave concerns… #
  • Bligh: 8 confirmed deaths… expect that number to rise… #
  • Bligh: Flood levels rise across the west… in Warwick… Condamine flooding… vehicles in Toowoomba checked but no people found… #
  • Bligh: Overnight rain means Ipswich likely to hit at least 16 metres and up to 18 – 1974 saw 20 metres in Ipswich… #
  • Bligh: Releases from Wivenhoe not optional, will affect situation in Brisbane later. #
  • Bligh: This weather might be breaking our hearts but it will not break our will… #
  • Jim Davison: yesterday's event was "very unique" – began with a low that moved offshore at Capricornia, then moved back again. #
  • Bligh press conference: Grantham, Murphy's Creek and Withcott are the areas Emergency Services are having most difficulty getting into. #
  • Bligh: These tragic deaths are a timely reminder that these fast moving waters kill… do not cross flooded roads – waters are deadly. #
  • Davison describes yesterday's event as "super rain storm" – impossible to predict, hopefully computer models will improve in future. #
  • Bligh: Current hydrology says we will see 16m in Ipswich – more than that depends on further rainfall. #
  • Bligh: There is no need to panic in Brisbane but it is important to get information and stay tuned to news. #
  • Bligh: This is not the time for me to be visiting flood sites – we are still in a desperate search and rescue situation. #
  • Video of the cars in the rising waters of Chalk Lane Creek, Toowoomba yesterday: http://youtu.be/kYUpkPTcqPY (via @rosewal & others) #
  • @timwattsau Ok! #
  • @sspencer_63 Bligh clearly said "unaccounted for" but expressed "grave concerns". #
  • Prime Minister Julia Gillard is holding a press conference in Canberra… #
  • Gillard: We hoped we had seen the worst of this but not the case… very dramatic images of cars tossed around, people on rooves of houses.. #
  • Gillard: Now we are grieving the loss of 8 lives, 4 of them children and 72 people unaccounted for… #
  • RT @SkyNewsAust: PM Julia Gillard live on #SkyNews and online with #QldFloods latest: http://bit.ly/brUjkt (click 'live news') @JudeEkerick #
  • Gillard: The death toll is likely to rise… difficult weather conditions continue to prevail… #
  • Gillard: We need to brace ourselves for the likelihood of further bad news… we have Black Hawk and SeaKing helicopters in the air… #
  • Gillard: Floodwaters threaten Ipswich and parts of Brisbane… some places have been hit twice… conditions in parts of Qld are very dire. #
  • Gillard thanks emergency services personnel for what they have done, are doing and will continue to do… #
  • Gillard: There are more dark days ahead but the spirit of Queenslanders is to face these… anything the Aust nation can do will be done. #
  • Gillard: Also facing floodwaters in NSW and people fighting bushfires in Western Australia… #
  • Gillard asked whether budget surplus target will be set aside to devote funds to infrastructure rebuilding in Queensland… #
  • Gillard: We have committed to infrastructure…and will bring budget to surplus in 2013. #
  • Gillard asked whether warning systems are adequate… should SMS systems be used. She says some SMS has been used… reviews will happen… #
  • Gillard: There may be tough choices on the budget… we don't know yet what the damage bill will be… #
  • Gillard says NZ offer of personnel has been taken up… offers have come from around the world. #
  • Gillard says this is not the time to be visiting flood-prone areas… is asked whether she will take Abbott with her when she does go… #
  • Gillard says latest advice is that flood levels in Ipswich will be just short of 1974 levels but situation is under constant monitoring. #
  • RT @IDEALAW: To everyone abandoning Brisbane CBD to get home – this is what Riverside Expressway looks like: http://bit.ly/g2uS0A #
  • The Vodafone network is down in Brisbane… but how can they tell? #
  • @Paris_David It was a cheap shot on my part – I had no problems when I had a VF mobile, at least not in capital cities. Not so in country. #
  • @Paris_David And now that I'm with Optus they're impossible to contact except on Twitter! #
  • Sky News reporting all public transport in Brisbane stopping within the next hour. #
  • Sky News reporting Brisbane airport at risk of flooding. #
  • @editormum75 Hmm, so Sky not reporting announcements but rumours. #
  • Defence Minister Stephen Smith is speaking at a media conference in Perth… says 4 Defence helicopters engaged in evacuations. #
  • Smith: Additional helicopter assets will be assigned to the search and rescue operation in Qld. Based at Amberley. #
  • RT @xtanithx: South bank is beginning to go under http://twitpic.com/3oz2r3 (via @geehall1) #qldfloods #
  • RT @theburgerman: Lord Mayor of Brisbane Campbell Newman: 6,500 homes and/or businesses should experience significant flooding. #QldFloods #
  • Campbell Newman: Projected flood level for Thursday is 4.2 metres at the Brisbane gauge. Not as high as 1974 but significant. #
  • Newman: The big shock absorber that is the Wivenhoe Dam can no longer prevent Brisbane from the flood. #
  • Brisbane weather radar http://twitpic.com/3ozjq8 #
  • RT @Colvinius: Panic buying. http://twitpic.com/3ozgut http://twitpic.com/3ozgru via @crazybrave #qldfloods #brisbane #
  • Anna Bligh press conference: situation continues to deteriorate – number missing now 56. There are now 9 dead. Grave fears for missing. #
  • Correction: 66 missing.. #
  • Bligh: 300 people airlifted from Forest Hills this afternoon. #QldFloods #
  • Bligh: Very bad news from Wivenhoe Dam. Brisbane/Ipswich facing gravest threat. By Thursday the flood levels expected to surpass 1974. #
  • Bligh: By midnight tonight, Ipswich 18-19 metres, peaking tomorrow at 21-22 metres, well beyond 1974 levels. #QldFloods #
  • Bligh: We are now in a very frightening experience… we need to stay calm, be patient, stick together, check on neighbours, relatives… #
  • Bligh: Most of the south-east needs to prepare for enormous inconvenience… #QldFloods #
  • Bligh: Provisions for 3000 people being sent to evacuation centre. #QldFloods #
  • Bligh: We will now hold press conferences every 2 hours… #
  • Bligh: We will only pass this test if we are calm and patient. Now is not a time for panic but to stick together and listen to advice. #
  • Bligh asked if emergency services are equipped to handle this. Says they prepare for this on regular basis. They plan for exteme events. #
  • Bruce Gray, Emergency Management: numbers of 6000 homes in Brisbane is at lower end of flood projections now. #QldFloods #
  • Bligh: Death toll number could double or even higher than that. #QldFloods #
  • Grady: 6 of the unaccounted for 72 people have been contacted – grave fears for remainder. #QldFloods #
  • RT @abcnews: ABC News 24 is now available internationally (no geo-block). Pls let expats know. http://bit.ly/abcnews24 #abcnews24 #qldfloods #
  • Bligh press conference on now http://twitpic.com/3oztnl #
  • Bligh says emergency workers have extensive powers to take down power lines, bulldoze buildings, etc. #QldFloods #
  • Bligh: Significant rains into the catchment areas for next 6-12 hours. #QldFloods #
  • Bligh: Rainfall is what is driving rapid change in the modelling. #QldFloods #
  • RT @abcmarkscott: Streaming link for #ABCNews24 – in Australia and around the world. http://j.mp/eJYdrD #QldFloods #
  • Bligh: I understand you may be frightened by what is happening around you.. emergency services are working to help you.. #QldFloods #
  • I have posted the audio of today's #QldFloods press conferences from Bligh (2), Gillard, Smith & Newman here: http://auspol.info/a5PelL #
  • Extraordinary scenes on Channel 10 news of flood devastation in Toowoomba and surrounds. #QldFloods #
  • Scanned copy of 1974 newspaper reports of Brisbane floods: http://auspol.info/i2Kt9P (not sure who tweeted this now – sorry) #
  • On this day, Jan 11 in 1974, upstart media had an exclusive – leaked diplomatic cables: http://twitpic.com/3p0cuw – the more things change.. #
  • And of course the Prime Minister didn't approve and ordered an inquiry: http://twitpic.com/3p0dms #
  • State of what? http://twitpic.com/3p0rga #
  • @s_bridges It's a cheap shot – they've had a busy day! #
  • @reginapritchard Absolutely, although this is one of those rare nights when the commercials show what they could do every day if they chose. #
  • A Greek friend of mine watching a pile of wrecked cars in Toowoomba says: "Normally, you only see parking like that in Athens." #
  • RT @peterjblack: There is an unofficial iPhone app with information on the Queensland floods: http://bit.ly/dWngPh #QldFloods #
  • Someone should tell Gerry Harvey he can get a better deal on those girls online. #
  • @JudeEkerick I keep getting these emails… #
  • @JudeEkerick It really is pretentious drivel, don't you think? #
  • @SeanMElliott Buying houses, planes and girls – an interesting selection of possible uses of his money. And he hasn't said a word since… #
  • Rudd and Swan haven't spoken – "not one word" – since the coup. Increased DFAT funding unlikely. http://auspol.info/exMWtL #
  • @BrentFleeton You're right – it reminds me of Howard-Costello, Fraser-Howard, McMahon-Gorton, Gorton-Fraser. Appalling! #
  • @BrentFleeton Oh come on, don't be so pompous. Every government is full of people with antagonisms, suspicions, disagreements, even hatreds. #

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