Just an update on the floods. Water continues to rise in Rockhampton. The Airport is now closed to winged aircraft and the road south is closed. The road north is expected to close late this afternoon or tonight.
No they seem to be incredibly well organised. All ready the supermarkets were filled by semi-trailers during the night before the city became cut off. The airport Tower has been protected by barracks so it can still operate choppers etc. There are hundreds of State Emergegency Volunteers their & the Army have set up a village which can accomodate people & are dropping supplies into remote homesteads by Blackhawk helicopters
It's been a weird year. Australia is really living up to Dorothea McKellar's poem. It really is either in drought or flood. We've been through the drought and now the floods have hit, and I've never seen it this bad. All these people who've been through over a decade of struggling through drought are now under water. New South Wales and Queensland have both been flooded, but Queensland has had the worst of it.
I think it can be hard to imagine for people who've not lived through this how bad this is going to be for all the people now under water. They will survive and eventually thrive, but this Christmas and New Year has not been great. Keep them in your thoughts even if you can't donate.
Queensland towns & Cities remain in Flood in area the total Size of NSW or France & Germany combined. 200,000 people are affected as is Coal & other mineral mining, sugar plantations & other crops cattle, transport as well as the livelihoods of all those people and industries liked. Road Rail & air transport is cut off other than by chopper to Rockhampton. Defence forces will be used to chopper in supplies
There are lots of small settlements and Homesteads that have been cut off for a few weeks. A couple of major towns such as Bundarberg were inundated for over a week.No as the water moves both south and east the City of Rockhampton a major commercial hub for Cattle, Dairy, Food- what sugar, mining and transport for goods all around the country & for export has been cut off. Fortunately the Government, Army SES a voluntary band emergency service volunteers generally have all been doing their best to ameliorate the damage done. We are talking a massive area of watwer greater than the Land mass of France. Still the cost to Agriculture in particular and the loss of personal effects and the damage to houses and businesses will be huge. All Australian's will pay for a while in higher prices for food. There is also damage to Bridges and railway lines which are essential for the transport of coal minerals etc...
If you can give something to the Qld Premiers Flood Relief Appeal this will help greatly individuals affected directly by the floods...
THe Town of Emerald is now facing a giant clean up plus. After a week or so of houses submerged in water mud has to be blasted from each house and the houses need to be completely rewired. Hundreds Truckloads of white goods/carpet personal possessions have to be put in landfill-totally destroyed...
Reportedly the City of Rockhampton has reached its peak water height. It may stay high for a few days and take up to two weeks before cleaning & repairs..
the town of ST George is now bracing for it being being flooded twice in 12 months. many had just fininshed fixed repairs from the last one...
Queensland could really do with a few years of getting just the right amount of rain. The media here (UK) seems a bit obsessed with the threat from crocodiles and snakes in the water, but the footage they are showing is heart-breaking and for the residents of the affected areas the floods must be devastating.
The trouble is you cannot get flood insurance in those areas. As such the clean-up has to be done with help from every possible source. own savings govt charity support & fund raises which are starting to get well underway...
We have similar problems with some areas in the UK which now get flooded regularly - the residents can't get flood insurance and also they can't sell their homes and move away as nobody will buy them because of lack of flood insurance. So they are trapped with no financial recourse. I hope that the flood waters recede quickly in Queensland and people can start putting their lives back together.
1) The NZ Government got their bums kicked for trying to send Disasterous Relief Workers to Oz..... They got told to send Real Hard Workers NOT Bloody Relievers who tend to the leftovers and only work part time.
2) The Queensland Bankers have had their bums kicked for insensitively releasing to the press, the lending ratios for those with Fixed Rate and Floating Mortgages!
I've just come back from a bike ride & swim. (In a pool) Rain continues to come down here in Brisbane Apart from that listening to the local ABC 612 Radio which has been constant talkback around the clock on & useful information about roads being cut towns being flooded hundreds of motorists stranded between water cut towns sleeping in cars. Army is in there Prime Minister Julia Gillard has dropped into a number of towns today...
Weather forecast for the next few month's not so encouraging...
..9.1 metres....wow....this is just awful....those measurements usually refer to snow fall in the mountains....but rain...wow....can't even imagine that...it must be so surreal for those folks.....soooo devastating.....positive thoughts for the flooding to stop....and soon.....
Well you've just received a plane load of Kiwi 'Full Time' Volunteers to help the cleanup. I do hope the 2nd plane with the mops and sponges arrived safely too! You can tell the Kiwis in the crowd... they are wearing black tee shirts with their snorkels!
Is your house soggy? Toowoomba was so dry & now they've got too much rain at once. The roads are flooded when the creek near my work overflow. Dams were only 17% full when we moved here 3 years ago - now they have way too much water
We had a huge amount of rain that caused a flash flood to sweep through the town. It receded after a few hours but left devastation in its wake. However the wall of water has since travelled down the range, through other towns and is heading to Brisbane. It's said to be about 8m high.
Terrible footage of Big houses being washes off their stumps in Grantham- Massive quick wall of water came through. People stranded on roofs in Cars and house roofs some are safe in Grantham Primary School extent still of other still unknown...information coming via 612ABC Radio
Gosh that would be a sight.... I am glad they are safe!! The whole situation bites but apparently when the water works its way through the river systems it has a good shot at fixing up the murray darling but such a horrific way to do it....
I hope that the next couple of days are not as bad as expected for you all - the pictures in the media are horrendous and I hope that all the missing people are found safe and that no more lives are lost. Ironically, last time I was in Brisbane it rained for the first time in 4 years, so you desperately need a few years of more balanced weather
What do you all think that what will happen in these comming hours? Will these people survive? What more disasterous will happen? I hope and i am continusly praying for the people who have been fighting with this flood for their life. I hope they will surive and all the lost are found. I am feeling sad and feel like helping them. I have already donated 50000$. I wish that you all too donate and help them. I will be posting soon.
I saw you were leaving the sinking ship earlier good luck with your flight and all - remember to take a camera and get a window seat. Hope you are not off line too long - you are doing a great job whipping the religious threads into line.
Latest reports say Brisbane (Queensland's capital city) is now slowly being swallowed by the floodwaters and the river is expected to peak in another eight hours. It is the freakiest thing watching on TV as the water creeps inch by inch through the suburbs.
It is estimated 80 suburbs will be inundated with water at some level. The CBD is at a standstill and over 120,000 homes are without power.
The repercussions will be enormous. The loss of life from an area west of the city has been confirmed at 12 but could still increase with 51 people still missing.
In Sao Paulo Brazil as well floods killed 24 people already. Here in the US, the northeast part is having a winterstorm In January like last year in Haiti same day today. Natural calamities occur and are wreaking havoc.
Hope things will get better faster as floods are just terrible.
I sit in amazement watching Queensland be devastated with this flood disaster, the images are just unbelievable. My heart and thoughts go out to all those who have suffered loss in the past weeks. To date the death toll unfortunately has reached 15 with 60 people still unaccounted for and It could be weeks before the final toll is known. There have been numerous stories of heroism, escape and despair, with the recovery process ongoing. I'm afraid more terrible news will be realized in the days and weeks ahead. Thankfully the flood waters are subsiding in Queensland, but now are moving south into NSW and possibly Victoria. Let's not forget either, that our countrymen in Western Australia are battling bush fires too. It really is the land of extremes. I hope any Hubbers and their families caught up in this are safe well, I'm thinking of you all. I encourage all who are touched by this tragedy to dig deep and help our fellow human beings.
G'day Barry, good to hear you and your family are ok. What about your house? It's good to see the number of volunteers pouring into affected Brisbane suburbs to lend a hand, it's been amazing, I'm guessing that you're a part of that group too, hopefully there are plenty of em helping you as well. All the best mate.