Australia: Flooding in New South Wales and Queensland 2022

Flooding in the streets of Brisbane in March 2022.
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Flooding in New South Wales and southeast Queensland has led to lost lives, homes, belongings, pets and livelihoods. Thousands of people in south-western Sydney have been ordered to evacuate as extreme rain pummels the region and floodwaters rise rapidly. The devastating floods have also cut off power for tens of thousands of people across New South Wales and Queensland, limiting their access to basic amenities and hampering rescue efforts.

This region, particularly Western Sydney, is no stranger to climate-related disasters.


To understand how extreme weather like this year’s Southern Hemisphere deluges will change as the climate warms, we must understand the underlying physical processes responsible for their development.
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Australia needs more investment in hydrological modelling and new infrastructure to reduce the impact of major flood events, UNSW expert says.
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While local and state governments have led the way on climate adaptation to date, citizens have much more to do, as the worrying lack of preparation for the floods that devastated Lismore makes clear.
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Driving into floodwater is the leading cause of flood-related death. Despite media campaigns, drivers continue to enter unpredictable water, risking their lives and the lives of rescuers. Having a Plan B could be the difference between life and death.
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Between the 25th of February and 2nd of March 2022, a series of severe rain and flooding events impacted the east coast of Australia. Almost three weeks after the flood, Risk Frontiers undertook a post-flood research visit to the area.
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Flooding in late February, March and early April caused significant damage along large sections of the Australian east coast. Here we describe the weather driving these events and place them in some historical context.
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