On Tuesday the 11 January the Queensland Chapter Office was evacuated due to a flood warning on the ABC radio reporting flooding occuring in Grey Street which runs parallel to Merivale Street. Most of the Brisbane CBD was in the process of evacuating. The ever dedicated and optimistic staff at the Chapter locked up the building and left a note on the door that the Chapter would reopen on 12 January at 8.30am. In actuality the Chapter would not fully reopen again until 24 January.
On Wednesday 12 January the lower floor of the Chapter was inundated with almost a metre high pool of filthy, muddy flood water as the Brisbane River levels rose to those seen in the 1974 floods.
Much in the Chapter was lost and an enormous amount of work was done by members, volunteers and staff who were able to get to the Chapter, for the clean up. Roads all over Brisbane were cut and many people were isolated for normal travel.
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QLD Flood Seminar
Seminar Title: Rebuilding Inundated Homes… Providing on-site professional services after the flood.
The evening involved three presentations followed by an information-sharing forum:
- Introduction: Qld President Peter Skinner FRAIA provided a summary overview of recent events and current initiatives.
- The human dimension of disaster: Emergency Architects Australia Qld Director Dr James Davidson RAIA discussed the EAA 's role in the Solomon Islands and in Victoria's fires and the plans for inspecting inundated houses in Brisbane.
- Inspecting a flooded house: Archicentre State Manager Ian Agnew discussed Archicentre’s involvement.
- Video presentation: What to look for in inundated houses - Archicentre's Roger Karrasch FRAIA inspects two flooded houses. (Video by Phoebe Hart)
- Forum - protocols and technical resources: Discussion on available technical resources, fact sheets, check sheets and advisory documents.