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Go to high ground

After watching weeks of flooding over Queensland, I just can't believe the devastating floods that have hit Toowoomba, Grantham and south-eastern Queensland, and what's going to hit northern NSW. It's horrific. Pics of people trapped in cars way out in a sea of water and debris, and people standing on their rooftops with water lapping at the guttering, with no hope of help so far. The power of the floods raging through a hillier area is totally different to the flat-land floods of northern Queensland where you can sit and watch the smooth water rise and float past. This is a raging, muddy torrent that is taking cars and tall trees with it. It's incredible. There must have been heaps of people trapped in homes that have now drowned. I remember the first time we went to Murwillumbah, we were amazed at the way the houses were on huge stilts, as are whole towns in areas of QLD. Now we understand.

I told my brother to stay home. I hope Nick has gone to high ground.


EDT: and now fires in Perth. eliper, I hope you're safe


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Jan. 11th, 2011 12:14 am (UTC)
Our TV is just showing the pictures of the floods. Devastating! I hadn't heard about the Perth fires. Must Google it. Hope Eliper is OK, and my friend Kathleen. (I was her bridesmaid when I was a teenager.)
Jan. 11th, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
It sounds like most of the Perth homes were evacuated as a precaution, and they're the ones up on hills. I'm not sure where Liz lives, or your Kathleen ;-)

OMG the floods have started in Brisbane. The Bruce Highway is under water. I've been on that.

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Jan. 11th, 2011 08:47 am (UTC)
margaret_r's daughter is in Brisbane. She and her partner went home earlier than planned after Christmas to avoid the floods on the roads that were already closing some highways. We're getting daily updates from her but all has been OK up to now. Her partner is in the army and I imagine they will be used to help in rescue attempts.

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Jan. 11th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
The floods have taken a very nasty turn! I’ve contacted my daughter, who lives near Redcliffe and several roads are closed. Australia Zoo is cut off as well. It’s very bad at the moment and getting worse, but I’m hoping there won’t be any danger for her. And yes, fires in Western Australia. Dunno, when is there going to be a summer without disasters?:(
Jan. 11th, 2011 02:01 am (UTC)
Wow, my brother lives in Redcliffe. I told him not to venture out. He's one of those males who thinks he's invincible!

I hope your daughter stays safe and dry. We just drove past Australia Zoo signs, it seems like just the other day.

Jan. 11th, 2011 06:48 am (UTC)
Thanks for thinking of us. We're fine - the fires here were in the south of the State. Terrible though that they were deliberately lit.

The floods are incredible. Can't imagine that much water falling on Queensland. It is supposed to be over by tomorrow, but of course it has already had a terrible toll.
Jan. 11th, 2011 08:49 am (UTC)
So glad you're safe! It seems unimaginable to us, sitting here in the middle of winter. But we had bad fires last summer in Portugal.
Jan. 11th, 2011 10:28 am (UTC)
Oh I'm glad you are safe as well. It's tragic that anyone would light fires in Australia. Or anywhere but especially Oz.

I think the flooding hitting Ipswich and Brisbane and northern NSW over the next day or so is going to be pretty damaging. It's all so awful. Oddly riveting but awful.
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