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Aussie Willy
01-11-2011, 08:20 AM
After many years of drought, Queensland in Australia is going through the worst floods in history. So far 9 people have died and there are many missing near Brisbane. And Brisbane is looking at it's highest flood level for many years, including the CBD.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/

The rains are moving down the south coast of Australia and there is bound to be more plenty more floods as it travels through.

skatemommy
01-11-2011, 01:03 PM
I have a friend in Australia I keep up with via Facebook and she is really worried. God Bless all in Australia, be safe.

Rex
01-11-2011, 01:47 PM
Heard about an awful flash flood this morning on CNN. How horrible. It seemed that there was always a drought, and now this. :(.

eliza61
01-11-2011, 01:50 PM
I have friends in several friends in South East Queensland including one who lives in Rosewood which is a lesser flood area, she sent me some photos taken from her house about 2 hours ago:

Her back garden
http://l8.sphotos.l3.fbcdn.net/hphotos-l3-snc6/hs033.snc6/166320_192503957430313_100000121300421_787027_6502 895_n.jpg

Taken from her verandah
http://l10.sphotos.l3.fbcdn.net/hphotos-l3-snc6/hs073.snc6/168328_192504080763634_100000121300421_787032_1545 548_n.jpg

Her road (and her neighbor)
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/hs064.snc6/167434_192504147430294_100000121300421_787034_6889 626_n.jpg

Houses in Queensland are commonly raised with an empty space underneath to help with ventilation, this photo is her two kids standing at ground level under the house.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs1396.snc4/164840_192504257430283_100000121300421_787038_7010 195_n.jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs1391.snc4/164318_192503770763665_100000121300421_787021_4434 358_n.jpg

The backgarden
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/hs021.snc6/165103_192503994096976_100000121300421_787029_7666 110_n.jpg

75% of Queensland has been declared a Disaster Zone :(

*Jen*
01-11-2011, 02:39 PM
It's horrible. I have friends in Brisbane who are preparing for the worst. There hsn't been a flood like this since 1974, although the whole drought/flood thing has been going on forever (see old iconic poem here (http://www.anointedlinks.com/my_country.html))

If anyone is interested, given the number of expat Australians overseas, ABC have lifted the international restrictions on the news feeds on their website, www.abc.net.au . The best up to the minute news and footage is there.

Satellitegirl
01-11-2011, 02:58 PM
Wow :( Keeping all the Aussies in my thoughts. Hope they stay safe.

skatesindreams
01-11-2011, 03:12 PM
My thoughts are with all those affected; as well as their concerned families and friends from all over the world.

milanessa
01-11-2011, 03:25 PM
The film that CNN is showing is horrific. Cars and people being swept away and some on rooftops awaiting rescue. Stay safe everyone.

Andora
01-11-2011, 03:57 PM
I have a friend who's in Brisbane or the Gold Coast on any given day. She usually updates her facebook, but hasn't lately. :( Damn her ever-changing cell phone numbers.

When I visited a few years ago, we were idly talking about house differences. Their houses are up on raised stilts with a concrete centre room. She indicated this was for flooding.

myhoneyhoney
01-11-2011, 05:28 PM
My favorite uncle lives in Brisbane. He's in his 60's now and doesn't have a computer. I can't get through to his number for some reason :(

Jayar
01-11-2011, 05:41 PM
My favorite uncle lives in Brisbane. He's in his 60's now and doesn't have a computer. I can't get through to his number for some reason :(

Probably because the flood made the phone lines go down.

Buzz
01-11-2011, 05:47 PM
Thoughts and prayers too all effected and I hope no one else gets hurt.

love skating
01-11-2011, 05:59 PM
So sad. :( I've seen the videos on the news. I was in Brisbane way back in 1988 for the World Expo (performed with my high school band) so I have wonderful memories of the place. My prayers and best wishes to all in Australia.

Garden Kitty
01-11-2011, 07:03 PM
Wishes for the well being of all involved. A number of the Australian and New Zealand cyclists are tweeting linds for aid donations.

Former Lurve Goddess
01-11-2011, 08:08 PM
Was terribly worried about a friend who works at the uni in Toowoomba. Luckily, he was actually in Brisbane yesterday. Otherwise, he likely would have been biking along the creekside at the time the flood hit:eek:.

Of course now the water's heading towards Brisbane... but my friend says he and his girlfriend are at reasonably high ground. The whole thing's really scary:(.