Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Floods in Queensland... A Sad Start to the New Year.

In my previous post I had mentioned how we'd been suffering a drought in Australia over the last few years... and whilst there had been some major downpours in Queensland (the north-eastern state of Australia) resulting in flooding of a number of towns, nothing had prepared Queensland or Australia for the massive flooding that has taken place over the last 24 hours, and is continuing to threaten to wreak even more havoc.

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Here are a couple of youtube videos showing just some of the mayhem that grew over the course of 5-10 minutes in the small town of Toowoomba. At least 10 people have been confirmed dead, and upwards of 50-70 more people are missing. Going on how many cars, and houses, were swept away in the floods, it's quite likely that the death toll will continue to rise.

(source : whitelightbringer on youtube)

Whilst there's a tendency to trivialise these sorts of massive events when people take videos on their phones and cameras... it's often because people don't appreciate the true extent of the calamity that's unfolding... it's also a way of processing the information.

It's also a developing situation at the moment, as whilst the flooding as abated in Toowoomba itself, the massive surge of water is heading as we speak towards the capital of Queensland, Brisbane - where it is expected some 9000+ homes will be flooded.

The previous flooding in Rockhampton whilst massive was at least somewhat expected. The scale of the flooding in Toowoomba was completely unforseen, and caught the town completely unawares.

So whilst Adelaide's a long, long way from the flooding, I think we all are feeling shocked tonight at the extent of the damage, and unfortunately loss of life. This has been a shocking start to the year for Queensland, and will almost certainly have ramifications for the country for a long time to come. And there's more rain predicted to come. There's also growing flood fears for the north of New South Wales. Let's hope the worst is over.


  1. Good to know your safe man. I heard about a couple of bull sharks being spotted. Scary stuff

  2. I wouldn't have believed it possible... but it's true (apparently)... check out here for the story. Thankfully the flood wasn't as bad as it could've been in Brisbane - but it was still pretty shocking.