The Toowoomba Flood Disaster: Maintaining Renal Dialysis Services
Renal Society of Australasia Journal 2011, July, 7, 2
Renal Society of Australasia Journal
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In 2006 Toowoomba held a referendum on whether the city should draw 25% of the city's water from recycled efluent as the drought situation was so dire. The initiative was denied by the community. From a water supply point of view the city was in crisis 12 months earlier, with the city's dams at 7% capacity. However, the 2010 rainfall totalled 1100 mm for the year, the highest rainfall since 1996. The December rainfall of338 mm was the greatest December rainfall for 68 years. So when on 10 January 90 mm of rain fell between 9 am and 5 pm but in particular 73 mm fell between 1 pm and 4 pm, the ground was so saturated the water ran into what normally are inconsequential creeks within the city, which soon broke their banks and became a torrent or 'inland tsunami' in the CBD ofToowoomba. With a population of approximately 90,000 people, Toowoomba is Australia's largest inland city, located 127 kilometres west of Brisbane, clinging to the edge of the Great Dividing Range escarpment at an altitude of 700 meters above sea level. I personally have lived in Toowoomba only 12 years but the thought ofToowoomba flooding seemed an improbability if not impossibility as it is at the top of a range. Many may recall us having referred to ourselves as 'mountain women and men'. The Toowoomba Hospital services a population of approximately 250,000 people who extend west to Charleville and Cunnamulla, north to the South Burnett/Kingaroy area. From a renal services perspective we have a number of our haemodialysis patients receiving their treatments at Kingaroy but others that continue to travel into Toowoomba three times a week, a five-hour round trip.
- Category: Health & Fitness
- Published: Jul 01, 2011
- Publisher: Renal Society of Australasia
- Seller: The Gale Group, Inc.
- Print Length: 6 Pages
- Language: English