The competing influences of deluge and drought in Queensland’s dry tropics

White, Patrick (2020) The competing influences of deluge and drought in Queensland’s dry tropics. Arcadia, Spring 2020. 5.

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During the flooding of Townsville in January and February 2019, around two meters of rain fell within the Ross River catchment over fourteen days. The monumental deluge and subsequent catastrophic flooding gained international media attention after many homes were left uninhabitable and parts of the city became an urban archipelago. Amid the chaos of flooding, there was a familiar sense of civic relief as the rain replenished the city’s dwindling water supply. Since colonial settlement, local governments have battled to secure reliable supplies of water, yet Townsville has endured at least a twenty significant flooding events. This paper explores Townsville’s 150-year struggle against environmental reality.

Item ID: 62241
Item Type: Article (Scholarly Work)
ISSN: 2199-3408
Keywords: dams, droughts, engineering, floods, rivers, storm surge, sotrms, water, Townsville
Copyright Information: This is an Open Access article distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution license.
Funders: Commonwealth of Australia
Projects and Grants: Australian Postgraduate Award
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2020 23:34
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960912 Urban and Industrial Water Management @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960911 Urban and Industrial Land Management @ 50%
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