Brisbane floods: mistakes finally admitted
In short: they stuffed it up. Then they tried to cover it up.
Well done Hedley Thomas et. al. at the Australian for persuing this, especially after initial inquiries found nothing wrong.
TWO of the most senior water executives in Queensland have broken ranks by telling the floods commission of inquiry that at all times during the devastating floods in January last year, they were of the view that Wivenhoe Dam was run in a strategy subsequently shown to be wrong.
Authorities apparently changed mitigation strategies about two days too late. They were on W1 (regular/drought-mode), but should have moved to W3 (hardcore-mode) two days earlier than they did. Reports that strategy W2 (getting serious) was used have been disputed, finally, by the two “whistleblowers”.
It’s really worth reading the full article (and related articles) on this one.
PS One can’t help thinking that Wivenhoe dam was in “drought-mode” for too long because of shrill predictions by the likes of the Climate Commission’s Tim Flannery and the Greens’ leader Bob Brown that Australia would never see proper rains again.
Even had the Brisbane floods not occurred, those two posers have a lot to answer for.