Williams Street Dayboro in flood – 11th January 2011

Williams Street Dayboro in flood – 11th January 2011

It is now almost ten years since the devastating flood of 11th January 2011.  This photograph was taken from the house that was located next to the service station.  Some visitors to Dayboro Information Centre are amazed to think that Dayboro could flood.  Others look around and say they can see that it would flood if rain falls up in the mountains.  “Dayboro Cottage” had 200ml of water through it in 2011.  On 10th/11th January over a period of 36 hours we recorded 417mm (approx. 16.7 inches) at our property in the hills at King Scrub.  Of course, Dayboro flooded.

2011 was not the first time Dayboro flooded.  A number of times over the years residents and business owners have had to evacuate their properties.  The 1931 flood was a higher flood than that of 2011.  There was over 3ft of water in the main street and several houses had to be abandoned. 

The Brisbane Telegraph of 16th February 1953 reported “…A report from Dayboro, 20 miles north of Brisbane, says that furniture was removed from business houses in the main street this afternoon when flood waters covered the street.  The town had been deluged by more than six inches of rain in less than 24 hours.  The water in the street was over the concrete kerbing of the new Terrors Creek bridge at Dayboro…”