Floods in Brisbane After Storm Brings 10cm Rain in 1 Hour

A summer storm that hit Brisbane and parts of south east Queensland between 18 and 19 November brought with it as much as 10 cm of rain in just hour hour.

According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Inala, a suburb of Brisbane, received 100 mm (nearly 4 inches) of rain in just one hour during the peak of the storm. Elsewhere, over 87 mm fell in Archerfield and nearly 56 mm fell in central Brisbane.

The storm also caused power outages for around 15,000. Further thunderstorms were forecast, although rainfall levels were expected to be considerably lower.

The heavy rain caused flooding across parts of the city and suburbs. Emergency services carried out rescues, mostly for drivers trapped in vehicles. Although roads were submerged and cars were seen floating along streets, no major damage has been reported.

The worst affected areas were mostly the city’s suburbs including Redbank Plains, Forest Lake, Inala, Springfield Lakes, and also Salisbury and Rocklea. Brisbane’s Central Business District also saw some flooding.