Flood Catastrophe in Queensland

In case you missed the headlines, the flood disaster in Queensland has got steadily worse in the past few days and authorities are now describing the situation as a mega-catastrophe.

I once wrote a post Run for the Hills: The Gabe Files about my recurring dream of tsunami and massive floods. I couldn’t work out why Brisbane was in the dream!  Well here we go.

Seventy-five percent of the State is flood affected and the cities of Ipswich and Brisbane have now gone under. Tens of thousands of houses and business have been flooded, livestock and pets killed, roads and bridges destroyed, and the number of people killed is steadily rising as the search and rescue continues.

There was also an horrific flash flood that began in Toowoomba and then reached a number of small rural towns, wiping them out totally and killing people. A search and rescue mission is currently underway to recover bodies. There are large numbers of people missing.

Here is some footage of the flood in Brisbane. I used to live just a couple of blocks away from where they are pushing the Volkswagon. We have friends and people who were once neighbours who have houses completely submerged by water.

And some more of the Toowoomba flash flood and surrounding areas.

We are now safe here on the shores of Hervey Bay, but there is still weeks left of the wet season. Some towns have been flooded two or more times. Our neighbouring town of Bundaberg experienced more flooding just yesterday.

The whole State has ground to a holt, with ports and roads closed. There is no bread or milk in the shops today but hopefully this will be resolved in the next few days. The fruit and vegetable markets in Brisbane (Rocklea markets) which supply much of Queensland and Norther NSW was completely submerged by floodwaters and supplies will have to come from elsewhere.

The logistics of rescue, recovery and rebuilding are mind boggling but we have extensive resources and will deal with this disaster slowly but surely.

Queenslanders are tough and will help each other out in an emergency.

We can’t just run for the hills!

30 thoughts on “Flood Catastrophe in Queensland

  1. This seems like a nightmare. I used to have tsunami nightmares as well as I grew up in a house on a street that flooded every time it rained. As an adult, I have always chosen to live up on a hill (impossible to drive up in the snow). I hope you stay cozy and safe.

  2. I have been getting everyone I know to donate to the flood appeal. I convinced 10 guys I know not to go to the pub tonight and donate the money they would have spent instead. Their wives are probably delighted they are coming home sober.

    Some of the stories made me cry today. So heartbreaking. My heart goes out to everyone affected.

    • You’re a championn Selma – that is an almost impossible feat – haha. As the stories slowly come out, it is just heartbreaking – especially the 13 year old who died saving his younger sibling.

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  4. I recently had a conversation with a friend who has a hard core science background about the flooding in Australia and other like events. I share the following thought we had with all seriousness: It’s as the human species has become a parasite that Nature has decided it no longer can tolerate.
    That’s no comfort to anyone caught in these events–but–stepping back and looking at the BIG picture–perhaps we are suffering the consequences of how mindlessly we’ve treated our own habitat. I suspect more such natural disasters are forthcoming and we’d better learn how to effectively deal with them FAST.
    Sounds grim, doesn’t it?
    Peace all

    • Brisbane has had bigger floods than this 47whitebuffalo – and very early in its history (19th century). This flood has much in common with the 1974 flood – a long period of drought over about 10 years caused by a El Nino weather pattern and followed by a La Nina weather pattern which brings the rains. Many towns in Queensland are built on flood plains which are expected to flood regularly (that is why we build our houses on stilts much of the time).

  5. They sure do breed ’em tough in QLD Gabe. So many heartwarming stories!!! And you are so right, this is not the time to run to the hills! My flood relief appeal is really gaining momentum. Any one interested in the project can find out all the details here: http://bit.ly/hkg55h

    • Yes, everyone – pop over to Graham’s blog Another Lost Shark for the details. There is also the Premiers flood appeal on the Government website – I see they have raised over $45 million – fantastic. Every bit helps.

  6. It’s just been awful hasn’t it Gabrielle … I took a break from all the flood related stuff today as my poor heart feels quite overwhelmed by it all. I feel for anyone who has lost anything or anyone precious.

    • I know what you mean Tracey – now that much of the emergency aspect has reduced it is a period to let it all sink in and it makes you feel very overwhelmed and unsure of the world, I think. It must be a thousand times worse if you have lost all your stuff or the unthinkable, friends and family members.

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  9. You prophetic dreaming is astonishing and the “head for the hills” dream seems to be doubly prophetic. I was rereading the comments and noticed Paul’s and he said that it was probably “inevitable” though perhaps not in our livetimes which sounds a poignant note now.

    Nature and dreams (which are part of nature) and time are all very mysterious things. I am just glad that you and your family are safe, am glad also that the stories of bravery are being discovered so that they can honor those who died and can inspire the living, and am very very glad that God made Australians so tough.

    • A poignant note indeed. The weird thing Aletha is that Paul and I were both referring to tsunamis and seas rising because of climate change (that is why Brisbane wasn’t in the picture – being a bit inland from the sea) – but this whole flood in Brisbane was because of the so called ‘inland tsunami’ at Toowoomba – and the waters continued on to Brisbane. Thanks Aletha 🙂

  10. I can’t even imagine. My heart goes out to everyone.

    I, too, believe humans can do much more for our planet and global climate destabilization is a real issue . . . but also think that tumultuous weather is as natural as anything else in the universe.

    • Thank you for stopping by The Accidental Novelist – it means so much to have people from overseas thinking about us. I agree with what you say about the ‘weather being as natural as anything else in the universe’ 🙂

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