Queensland 1870

Flood - Clermont and Peak downs

Quick Statistics

15 Fatalities

A tropical cyclone brought about heavy rainfall to the Bowen district. A 1.5 m wall of water flowed at a rate of 14 km per hour through Clermont destroying houses, fences, business and livestock. Other towns affected included Peak Downs, Lilyvale and Capella.

As a result of the floods 15 people died.


Information Sources

Bureau of Meteorology, Tropical cyclone impacts along the Australian east coast from November 1858 to 2000, website viewed 12 May 2011

Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Travel Clermont’, 8 February 2004, website viewed 12 May 2011

Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland flood summary 1870 - 1879, November 2010, website viewed 12 May 2011