Please note, although your property may not have been directly affected by this flood event, the event has been included in your suburb listing because according to the Bureau of Meteorology river gauge data, a catchment near your suburb recorded a high mark. This event may have affected your suburb. The map on the left shows the catchment area.

Downstream at Lyons Bridge the flood peaked at 16.44 metres at 0900 on Sunday 5th. This was 0.10 metres below the peak of the January 1974 flood. Flooding in the Lockyer Creek catchment caused extensive crop damage. Evacuations were carried out around Laidley and in the Glenore Grove area. The Warrego Highway was cut near Glenore Grove. Numerous other roads were cut during this flood event isolating farm communities. In the first week of May, widespread flooding and heavy rainfall were reported in south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales.

A tidal surge created by a low pressure system caused above average tidal conditions. In addition, Brisbane water catchment areas recorded up to 1000 mm. The worst affected area of Brisbane was the metropolitan area and the Darling Downs region. Furthermore, the extreme weather conditions also affected the Lockyer creek, Bremer and Logan rivers. Both states reported extensive damage to farming areas. Vegetable and cotton crops were seriously affected; many completely destroyed. The Insurance Council of Australia estimated the 1996 damage at $55m, with the 2007 estimated repeated cost of $80m.

1996 May flood photo