Record floods cover area bigger than Texas in Australia

Incredible flood ends drought. Will have many good and bad effects in long and short run-

The floods stem from an unusually wet La Niña Pacific Ocean Oscillation.

Australia Floods Show No Signs of Retreating. New York Times. By J. David Goodman.
Map: Flooding in Queensland. LA Times

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Surprise! Floods will be beneficial to local wildlife, especially in the longer term. The area has been in long drought.

Long-term benefits to follow floods. By Anthony Gough.   The Courier-Mail.
Floods welcomed with open arms.
By Daniel Wills and David Jean.  The Advertiser
However,
What Australia’s Floods Mean for the Great Barrier Reef. By Krista Mahr. Time Magazine. The sediment and pollution could harm it.

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In the short run.
Warning for crocs and snakes being washed into homes. By rohitsingh. Downloads Edge.
Photo: Kangaroos, Wallabys, dogs drown. All Voices

Green Valley Dam could fail. Army Corps working hard to shore up dam above it.

This might sound a little confusing, but apparently the way to reduce the threat of the Green Valley Dam failing after heavy rains is to shore up the Howard Hanson Dam upstream. The article says this will reduce the chances of Green Valley failing to 1 in 25 this winter.

A failure would flood a heavily populated area just south of Seattle, WA.

Corps:  Dam work lessens Seattle-area flood chance. AP

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