This flooding is unbelievable!

Queensland is currently experiencing its worst flooding on official record. Days of rain on and around Christmas day have left much of Queensland swamped by muddy waters and over 200,000 people affected.

Queensland is a very large State and an area larger than France and Germany combined has been affected. Can you believe that?

Even though the rain has mainly stopped, the rivers continue to rise from the inflows of countless tributaries. The overflow is reaching low-lying communities in numerous towns and cities.

Our small seaside town was cut-off by floodwaters for a few days but we have been lucky and there was no damage to houses. Unfortunately the neighbouring small city of Bundaberg has been hit hard by the floods. There is massive damage to roads and other infrastructure, loss of houses, evacuations, and damage to crops and livestock.

The waters in Bundaberg are slowly going down and the clean-up is underway. Our local SES (State Emergency Services) has been helping with the removal of debris and the disgusting mud that comes with floodwaters. To top it off there is now the threat of disease from polluted waters, plus an increase in the numbers of snakes and other creatures who are escaping the waters.

The city of Rockhampton, with a population of around 75,000 has been cut-off and is slowly being submerged by floodwaters, which are yet to peak. The floodwaters in the city are expected to hang around for about 10 days!

The town of Emerald was almost completely submerged with 80% of houses affected and mass evacuations implemented. Many other smaller towns, too numerous to list, have been affected.

At least ten people have drowned in the floodwaters.

Thousands of people have been evacuated and many have lost their homes and most of their possessions. A massive amount of crops have been destroyed and livestock affected. Large numbers of mines are flooded and operations ceased for the next couple of months. The ports have ceased operations. This will impact on Queensland’s economy for decades.

All round pretty depressing stuff!

But one thing that really stands out for me is the coordination and skills of the emergency services (SES, police etc.,)  in dealing with a disaster that is being played out on such a large scale. They are coping magnificently with mass evacuations, establishment of temporary hospitals and accommodation, rescues and information exchange. Years of disaster management planning in action.

The Queensland Government has a website (click this link) with information about the flood, where to get assistance if you are affected by the flood.

There are links to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal if you wish to donate money to help those affected.

 

24 thoughts on “Update on floods in Queensland

  1. It’s incredible to see the footage of those floodwaters … I just can’t quite believe it. The SES do an amazing job at helping out … I always take my hat off to the wonderful work that they do.

    Take care.

  2. Havign visited most of the towns now in the news, it is hard to imagine them under water when their surrounds are usually so dry!

    If this rain does not stop soon, and more is forecast, I’ll be watching for an old bloke with a white beard and a semi full planks rounding up pairs of animals!

  3. Hi Gabrielle,

    Thanks for this entry!

    Interestingly, that statistic about ‘an area the size of France and Germany …’ is only partially correct.

    The way they calculate it is if a Local Government Area (LGA) is flood-affected (that is, there is flooding anywhere within the boundaries of the LGA), they count the entire LGA as ‘flood-affected’. What this means is that an area the size of France and Germany combined is ‘flood-affected’, but that area is not all actually underwater. Basically, it makes it sound a lot worse than it is.

    Anyway, some of the photos I’ve seen, especially of Bundy, are quite devastating. I live in Queanbeyan which experienced flooding a few weeks ago, and went through several significant floods as a kid in rural Qld, so I have at least some idea of what you’re going through.

    Please stay safe, and try to keep your boots dry 🙂

    L

    1. Thanks Loquacity 🙂 either way, it is still a flood on a massive scale – even if you just count the number of towns and cities affected and crops destroyed. I was wondering how they work our the surface area – very interesting.

  4. Glad to know you are all OK. There is an Aunty holiday rescue package in the mail today :). I am sure Australia Post can still deliver.

  5. The disease aspect of the evolving scenario really worries me, the after affects of the dead water with all sorts of bacterial stuff getting into the mosquitoes and other vermin. This is a disaster on such a grand scale it is difficult to fathom Gabrielle. Stay safe my good friend, I send you and your family truckloads of love from Newf. HUGS

    1. We will be fine but in the towns worst hit the disease aspect is very worrying – the sewrage systems have been flooded and are not working and it gets into the floodwater – the floodwaters are disgusting in that way Val.

  6. Oh Gabrielle, I am distressed by all the flooding. It is so upsetting. I am glad you are safe. I have cried and cried over some of the stories – the girl who got her foot caught in the drain and drowned. OMG. So sad. You take care, my friend. xxx

  7. aloha Gabrielle – your SES is to be commended. the people too, with that level of disaster, the low drowning number is remarkable, yet still a heavy loss for those close to these people – in some ways a loss for us all.

    yes, i can believe the level of this flooding. the planet in general seems to be unleashing a high level of weather extremes. i think when this happens in one area it has a rippling effect world wide. altho i also think the news media now brings information from around the planet into any area that wants it, so in some ways too, we are more aware of it today, when a few decades ago it wasnt as common to know what was happening world wide to the same degree.

    i hope other places are as fortunate as the people of Queensland with preparations for this kind of thing. we are becoming more and more a world wide community and what one area can do for readiness in this kind of disaster, i hope will soon be passed on and available for the entire planet. because ultimately what happens to one area of the planet has an effect on the entire world. we are all human. and everyone deserves the help of others in any emergency (imo).

    stay safe. keeping Queensland in mind and heart. aloha.

    1. Thanks Rick – I think we are more aware of these things today with all the 24 hour media stuff, plus the weather is definitely crazier than usual. I would hate to see these floods without the SES.

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