Friday, March 23, 2012

Australian Floods 2012: Record Downpour Floods Oz Beach Towns

Hundreds of homes have been inundated on Australia's Sunshine Coast after a once-in-a-century downpour.

About 40cm of rain fell across the Queensland coastal region in about six hours on Thursday, sparking mass evacuations.

At Mooloolaba, about 200 homes were flooded and motorists had to abandon their cars as major roads were swamped. Businesses were also affected.

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded rainfall of 13cm at Kawana in just one hour.

"Those sort of rainfalls, when it occurs in one hour, we'd expect that to have a frequency of occurrence of once every 100 years or greater," a bureau spokesman told ABC. Read More