Remembering the Night of Noah: flood memory and Townsville's floods of 1998 and 2019

Lloyd, Rohan (2020) Remembering the Night of Noah: flood memory and Townsville's floods of 1998 and 2019. Arcadia, Spring 2020. 4.

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Abstract

Townsville is a city proud of its abilities to handle extremes. Located in Australia's dry tropics, Townsville depends on seasonal monsoons (often including cyclones) to maintain its water supply. The way Townsville responds to major weather events has become part of its collective identity. In Townsville, however, community acceptance of recurrent but unpredictable major weather events has not led to the development of a sustainable flood memory. Two recent floods, in 1998 and 2019, demonstrate that although Townsville often experiences heavy rains, it has failed to foster a communal memory and understanding of how to live with flooding.

Item ID: 68884
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 2199-3408
Keywords: floods, storms, water, disaster memory, environmental history, history of northern Australia, Queensland history, night of noah
Copyright Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License . 2020 Rohan Lloyd. This refers only to the text and does not include any image rights. Please click on an image to view its individual rights status.
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2021 23:30
FoR Codes: 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430307 Environmental history @ 100%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130703 Understanding Australia’s past @ 100%
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