Queensland Government releases flood maps

THE Queensland Government last week released aerial maps and imagery that will allow for the creation of an online record illustrating the devastating impacts of the floods and cyclone Yasi that swept through Queensland during summer.

The first series of maps cover over 100 suburbs and towns, with other maps to be released progressively in coming weeks.

Baralaba, Brisbane suburbs, Bundaberg, Condamine, Emerald, Goondiwindi, Ipswich suburbs, Jandowae, St George, Surat, Talwood, Thallon and Theodore are included in the first round of aerial imagery and maps.

"This interactive website contains real images of the damage caused by these natural disasters both from the air and on the ground," said Premier Anna Bligh.

The Premier said the maps would allow Queenslanders to be more prepared than ever before. "No more guess work. Real photographs, real flood lines," Ms Bligh said.

Reconstruction Authority Chair Major General Mick Slater said they intend to provide these maps to the respective councils, both for their internal urban planning uses and for public display in council offices.

"We have captured very accurate flood lines for more than 100 of Queensland's hardest hit communities," Mr Slater said.

Mr Slater said that there is a second tier of towns and cities where aerial photography has been completed but the flood line is not as discernable for the officers doing the mapping.

"In these cases we will be working closely with local governments to map the flood line."

Mr Slater also said that the maps may contain errors and asked the community to provide feedback via Community Feedback buttons on the interactive maps if any errors are identified.

The maps can be found at the Queensland Reconstruction Authority website at <http://www.qldreconstruction.org.au/>.

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