Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Bremer Has a History of Huge Floods

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Bremer Has a History of Huge Floods

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Byline: Times Past with Beryl Johnston

FLOODS in the Bremer River have occurred from the early years of recorded history. From 1840 to 1898, 12 floods above the ordinary level of the Bremer have been recorded.

These have been in 1840 53ft (16.1m); 1841 55ft (16.8m); 1857 40ft (12.2m); 1863 43ft (13.1m); 1864 a not as high as the 1863 level; 1873 40ft (12.2m); 1887 more than 52ft (15.9m); 1889 42.2ft (12.9m); 1890 58.48ft (17.8m); 1893 (Feb 5) 76.50ft (23.3m); 1893 (February 18) 73ft (22.3m) and 1898 54ft (16.5m). Most of these floods occurred in January and February, but the 1857 flood was in May; the 1873 flood in June; the 1889 flood in July and the 1890 flood in March.

A report on the 1864 flood read aFarmers along the banks of the river were flooded out and crops, furniture and in some cases, their houses were swept away. An eye- witness stated that the Warrill Creek came down a banker during the night, just like a heavy gust of wind and the next morning the water was running down the Bremer in waves.

It was the height of the 1863 flood above the level of the Bremer which gave the railway surveyors some idea of the height at which to erect the flooring of the Bremer Bridge (later devoted solely to vehicular and pedestrian traffic and demolished with the advent of the David Trumpy Bridge). …

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