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An area greater area than France & Germany combined is now underwater in Queensland.
Rockhampton is expected to be cut off this weekend including the Airport. Helicopter will be the only way in and out of Rockhampton. That will cut off the road supplies to the North.
You can make a donation to help people who have lost everything here
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.
Yes the floods have been decribed as of 'biblical' proportions
Rockhampton is a town/city of 75,000 + people now cut off from other than by chopper
Let’s hope the emergency response is not a shameful fiasco like Katrina/New Orleans.
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
The water is expected to remain around for at least a week so you could imagine many houses will be completely ruined immersed in water for so long...
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.
Having spent many years living in the Sunshine State, my thoughts and prayers go out to all those having to endure the worst flooding for up to fifty years.
A special personal prayer goes to "Mum" and all at Carinya Boarding House in Rocky.
We were in Brisbane during the '89 floods, and they were scary enough.
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
NB more storms & rain is forcast
I hope that everyone stays safe.
What is the name of that town that has been cut off for nearly two weeks? I saw something on the news the other day.
This is so sad, its been like drought like conditions and when you think you are getting a break and getting rain, it destroys all the crops....
I hope the flooding ends soon, for you all...
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.
...my thoughts go out to the folks caught up in the flooding...been paying attention to news reports and now reading this thread...
It's a terrible disaster. It's great that the people are trying to do what they can and were trying to be as well prepared as they can. It'll be a struggle at first but I think they'll do fine.
Well 2 Positive Things Have Come Out Of This..
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!
The rain continues to come down in storms right across Queensland. News of the floods are constantly moving story (pun intended) & continue to Flood the airwaves...
Tales of cows washing out to sea and a shipping containing ending up in someones front garden as well as other interesting tales abound...
100' s of Roads cut around the State
To their great credit the authorities Govt very engaged Federal State & Local...
& the Red Cross & lots of other volunteers...
Fundraising Telethon on tonight at Brisbane Southbank
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...
Flood level in Rockhampton still 9.1 metres
..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!
Queensland Flood Relief Appeal Telethon now underway
You can make a donation to help people who have lost everything here
or if you can ring 1800 219 028
If your on Twitter you can follow all sort of interesting posts on
the telethon appeal by using this hashtag
For today Toowoomba near Brisbane cars being washed away including four wheel drives like toys...Toowomba like a war Zone 15 cars washed away...
Water heading towards Brisbane More rain expected to hit us in flood form Wednesday...
Power has had to be cut to Gympie. 20 metre flood height at Gympie
Dalby & Maryborough also flooded
Wivenhoe Dam overflowing still !
Incredible ABC footage of Toowoomba
on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEBIZ2KLsPA
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
Only had water flow through backyard and garage. But downtown was swept away and is severely damaged.
Naturally I did not know you lived there
Good to hear your safe Wrylit...
wasn't that incredible - an 8 m high wall of water washing thru a town on a mountain that only has a creek?
I've just come home from work before all the roads shut. My work might get flooded - depends if creek rises a few more metres
Unbelievable, I thought Toowoomba was on top of a range, and hence flood proof. I guess it goes to show that anywhere is not safe from flooding. Hope all are prepared in the Darling Downs!
Indeed downstram Rosewood downstream water is heading towards Brisbane.
Issues with Wivenhoe Dam gates are open so more flooding downstream of that which is already inundated...
There is one Army Blackhawk with nightvision but conditions with weather have been poor for use of this in the Dark with weather...
I am preparing for minor Flooding at New Farm(inner Brisbane) on Wednesday I expect to be minor flooding here..
I just heard on radio Wivenhoe was over 170% full (100% is considered full, & extra 50% allowed for flooding, but has exceeded that)
why the wivenhoe dam( a giant artificial lake) is not allowed to exceed capacity:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011 … 110758.htm
apparently it's up to 190% & rising. If it fails, we will all drown
It's been named an "inland tsunami".
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.
Brisbane suburbs that may flood: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/quee … 5985228833
wow...your town?....amazing...i watched the video...i still can't get over the heights of the flooding - 8 metres....just can't even get my head around what that looks like.....
Grave fears for many people in the Lockyer Valley Queensland near
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
Indeed an "Inland Sunami" 18.92 metres at Gatton recorded today exceed record set in 1893
It's 12.30 am Tuesday here I'm all hyped up another poor nights sleep ahead..,
...poor you Barry - 'bout sleepless nights... and everyone else in the middle of this destruction......i'm sure it's very hard to sleep.....
....18.92?....that's just crazy sounding......i'm going google it to read any news on it....
...or 8.92.....doesn't really matter.....it's too much no matter what....
....are you being asked to evacuate where you are ....or is there even anywhere to go?
I'm pretty right in Brisbane CBD are you on Twitter ?
...no - no twitter.....i've been googling info. and looking around at what's happening....looked at a map...and getting updates from you......
If you want to join Twitter. I am not pushing you. I can add you & you will get a easy stream of info on Floods etc...
43 Helecopter rescues so far on rooftops in Grantham area
Is that for the people who got trapped in the school!?!?!?! This is such a nightmare!
Do you know of any groups that are planning on organising volunteers to help rebuild when it settles up there?
Yes the School was the Highest point of Grantham so it was a perfect evacuation point -everyone there is safe.
Kangaroos are jumping across the Gateway Motorway escaping water...
More pain & damage to come Inland Tsunami 'without notice' went through
Toowomba & Grantham few more deaths expected in Grantham
I can't imagine the heartache and panic. When you have no control over nature, it must be so frightening! I so hope for some peace of mind soon for everyone.
6,5000 homes in Brisbane expected to be flooded tommorow
Yes 6,500 Homes for Brisbane Area Alone
next king tide 3.00 am Wed 12.1.2011 then 2.00 om Wed EST Eastern Standard time.
I have got some great photos on Facebook just trying to find a way of sharing on Hubpages...
RT @QPSmedia: If you are outside of Australia and need urgent flood information, please contact +61 7 3055 6200 #thebigwet #qldfloods
A few pics via 3AW
Here in China I don't have tv and so only get my news from the net and that is so slow it almost doesn't work !
Thanks for keeping us all up to speed on this Barry and I hope this flood starts to recede soon.
Thanks Chinaman! We have two really big days coming up Tommorow & Thursday when Brisbane River Expected to peak.
Will keep posting...
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.
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=6 … =539237096
75% of Queensland has been declared a disaster zone, an area twice the size of Texas and over five times the United Kingdom
Good job there is only you and those other few ozzie geezers live round there then !! Isn't earnest in that area ? and what about kangaroo jase ?
hey, I'm not a geezer. We are hoping to get to the airport in morning as due to go to NZ
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.
...i checked out the photos you posted....amazing what's happenened and is happening..
Baileybear, looks like there will be flooding in NSW as well. Grafton has been flooded in the past and it may get flooded again soon.
Be safe all you lovely people in Australia.. This seem to be getting worse... Take care.
Boats & Yachts have been floating away unmanned down the Brisbane River
during the night...
two more big days togo for now at least the rain has stopped here. now worried about river rising. All the Dams are full to overflowing...
Yes the flood gates are open literally. issue is the big Wivenhoe Dam has been filling faster than it can be released...
Just read Suncorp Stadium is on fire due to flood water causing a short circuit. Hope there is back up power from emergency generators to put the fire out!
Brisbane river to peak at 5.5 on Thursday, what is the height at the moment Barry?
No update from Barry, hope all is well.
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.
Thoughts go out to all.
...thanks for the update...yea, hope all is well for all...
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.
The airport Tower has been protected via barracks so it can operate choppers.
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.
Just retuned to a Computer. I have been without power & still without power since Tuesday. Many of the people in my street have lost everything. I am ok; My street was inundated with water.
Jusy got onto a computer in the city...
So pleased to see you back on HubPages Barry. We have been watching the coverage in disbelief. Hope things settle down soon.
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.
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